The graphics card in your computer is the heart of its image processing capability. To work properly, your graphics card needs a “driver”, a piece of software that tells it what to do.

Installing a New Graphics Driver

Changing operating systems, incompatibilities with programs installed after you bought your machine, enabling your graphics card to work with a new video format, or plain old driver corruption can all force you to replace your existing driver. Here’s how to go about it.

  1. Right click My Computer.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Select the Hardware tab.
  4. Click Device Manager.
  5. You’ll see a long list of devices. Click the plus sign next to the entry “Display Adaptors”. This will reveal the name of your graphics driver – write this down.
  6. Visit the driver manufacturer’s web site – the manufacturer name will be contained in the driver entry you wrote down.
  7. Find the “Downloads” or “Drivers” section, locate the latest driver for your graphics card and follow the instructions to download it – for ease of use, download it to your desktop.
  8. You’ll now see an icon for the driver file on your desktop – double click it and follow the instructions to install the new driver. Note: if the install wizard asks if you want to remove the existing driver click Yes.
  9. If the driver installs without removing the old driver go back to the Device Manager, right click the old driver and select Remove.

Your graphics card will now run using the new driver. Hopefully, if you had any software incompatibilities they will be solved and your graphics card will now be able to play the most up to date video files.

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