Updating the drivers of the graphics card

Updating the drivers of the graphics card

Updated graphics drivers

To update the drivers for the graphics card, you must know the make and model of your graphics card.

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What graphics card I have?

If you do not know the brand of your graphics card, please follow these instructions:

In Windows XP

  • Click on Start
  • Control Panel
  • System
  • Equipment
  • Device Manager
  • In the new window, click on graphics Cards

In Windows Vista and 7

  • Click on Start
  • Control Panel
  • System
  • On the left menu, select Device Manager
  • In the new window, click on graphics Cards

Windows 8

  • Open the Charms Bar
  • Settings
  • PC info
  • On the left menu, select Device Manager

Under Windows 8.1

  • Right click on the Windows logo at the bottom left and select Device Manager


You should see the make and model of your graphics card such as Nvidia (brand) GeForce 8800 GTS (the model).

Updating the drivers of the graphics card

If your graphics card appears under the name of "Graphics card (standard VGA)" or "Microsoft Basic Video Card"Is that it lacks a driver for it to be properly recognized by Windows. It is possible to use AIDA64 to obtain information on the brand and model.

Knowing the driver version installed

  • AMD: Go to Catalyst Control Center, Information tab -> Software and watch the version of Catalyst.


Updating the drivers of the graphics card
Compare with the version available on the AMD website, example:
Updating the drivers of the graphics card
It'll just uninstall the old components (drivers, catalyst etc ...) and to update your video card.
  • NVIDIA:

Update

  • To make updates to the graphics card, the easiest way is to visit the website of the brand. Here are links where you can find drivers for most common graphics cards:
    • Nvidia
      • Nvidia's site offers two solutions:
        • Option 1: You manually enter the information from the graphics card.
        • Option 2: Automatically find drivers to install for Nvidia products
    • AMD (formerly ATI)
      • Two possibilities :
        • You manually enter the information from the graphics card.
        • The AMD Driver Autodetect tool will detect your graphics card and your operating system and then propose a new driver.

Specificity laptops

Nvidia and AMD are graphic chip manufacturers and they publish many detailed specifications for the integration of their products in daughter cards to assemblers and ensure the development of the pilot, it is quite another for graphics circuits for laptops.
The two smelters are content to provide mobile PC manufacturers the circuit and a generic driver that underpins the integrator to develop the final driver marketed with the PC.
De facto, it is on the PC manufacturer's website to look for the right driver.

Moreover, warnings are present and explicit Nvidia or AMD:

Warning (Google translation) for older chipsets X1xxx X2xxx and graphics, AMD refers directly on manufacturers' sites, even taking the precaution of putting the links on the page:

Updating the drivers of the graphics card

Warning (Google translation) for recent graphics chipsets HD4xxx, HD5xxx and HD3xxx:

Updating the drivers of the graphics card

The equivalent Nvidia (see red box carefully):


Updating the drivers of the graphics card

Warnings for themselves ....

Links to the download sites of the major assemblers laptops

  • Acer
  • Alienware
  • Apple
  • Asus
  • Benq
  • Dell
  • eMachines
  • Falcon
  • Fujitsu
  • Gateway
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Medion
  • MSI
  • Packard Bell
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Toshiba


The latest generation of graphics circuits are increasingly complex PC makers now reluctant to alter the standard drivers provided by AMD / Nvidia and they now publish more compatible drivers than in the past, but it is sometimes necessary to go through the PC manufacturer's website or to use cunning to integrate drivers for daughter cards.

This is the case of "modders"Which allow to adapt the standard drivers to mobile versions of the graphics card. unsecured result. More explanation on Modders
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