How to update VGA Card?

on Saturday, February 23, 2008

Windows operates the various components in your computer by using software tools called drivers. Outdated drivers can cause your computer to run slowly — or even crash. This is especially true of video display drivers in Windows XP. The display adapter (another name for the video card) is the component that generates the video image for your computer’s monitor. Hardware vendors frequently provide updates, so check the manufacturers’ Web sites regularly for downloadable updates. If you aren’t sure who made your display adapter, follow these steps:
  1. Choose Start➪Control Panel.
  2. In the Windows Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance if you see that option, and then double-click the System icon. If you do not see a Performance and Maintenance listing, simply doubleclick the System icon. The System Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Hardware tab to bring it to the front, and then click Device Manager. The Windows Device Manager opens.
  4. Click the plus sign next to Display Adapter. More information about the display adapter appears in the list, including the manufacturer and model of your display adapter.
  5. Click the Close ( X ) button when you are done to close the Device Manager.
To check for updated drivers, I can do a Web search for the manufacturer’s name, and then visit their Web site to see if updates are available. The Web site should contain installation instructions for the driver updates. Make sure that any driver updates you download are designed specifically for Windows XP (or specifically for the version of Windows you’re using).