When your PC isn’t playing video, often the only way to repair the problem is to download new video card drivers. This is because faulty and outdated drivers are usually the culprit when it comes to improper video playback.
Most of the time you’ll need to uninstall your previous video drivers before you download and install the new drivers. Let’s go over the easiest ways to install and download new video card drivers.
What do Video Drivers Do?
Video drivers are important conduits that help your computer play video. In fact, video drivers transmit information between your video card and your operating system. In effect, they are bridges that facilitate communication between the devices. So you can understand how malfunctioning video drivers will make it impossible to view video on your machine.
Each media card manufacturer equips their video card with different drivers. While there is sometimes cross-compatibility, most of the time video drivers are unique to specific manufacturers. This is one reason why PC users have to often go online to find new drivers.
3 Steps to Locate The Right Drivers
If you need to find new drivers, you should first ensure that your actual video card has been properly installed into your system. Don’t mess with the hardware until you’ve gone through and checked to make sure that software isn’t the reason for your video foibles. Once you’ve checked to make sure that your card is properly installed, you should do the following.
Download a new video driver from the manufacturer’s website. Usually, this means you have to navigate to the “Support” or “Downloads” section of the manufacturer’s site. This is where most of the video drivers are housed. Look through the list of available drivers and choose the updated driver that is compatible with your operating system.
You might then need to uninstall the previous driver. You can do this by opening up “Device Manager” which is located within the “Control Panel.” All you need to do is find the old driver, click on it, and then click “Remove.” Then, your computer will prompt you to restart so that the changes can take effect.
Once you’ve done this, you can install the new video driver. After your computer has booted up, simply double-click the driver that you downloaded. An install wizard will probably open up, so you can install the driver using this wizard.
Sometimes you can find necessary video card downloads by using Windows Update. This is due to the fact that Windows Update looks through an online database to find updates and fix-its for your computer. Windows Update will be particularly effective if you’re using a stock video card, that is, a video card that came with your computer. It’s very likely that Microsoft has readily available updates for the video cards that come preinstalled on most PCs.
However, don’t be surprised if you can’t find the right video card using Windows Update. The fact of the matter is, you might have to use specific driver update software to find the right driver for your machine.
Driver Update Software Works Fast…and Effectively
Driver update software is built to scan your machine for all of its outdated drivers. The software then notifies you which drivers need to be replaced, and then locates and downloads the new drivers for you. In a sense, it’s a package deal, because the software actually accomplishes all of the processes necessary in installing new drivers.
This is why driver update software is one of the most effective and efficient ways to download a new video card.