It is a common problem. You reinstall or update Windows Vista and somehow you are left without a driver. You are forced to reinstall the video driver, sound driver, and all the others too. While the other drivers are often easy to find and reinstall, reinstalling the video driver can prove quite a challenge. Here are some tips to help you get your graphics back on your computer.
Installing with the Driver Disc CD
Some, but not all, computers will come with a driver disc CD. If you have such a CD, then you are in luck and it will be fairly easy to install the required drivers.
Place the disc into the CD drive.
Open Device Manager
a. Click Start
b. Type in “Device Manager”
c. Select Device Manager
d. Click Continue
Devices not working will have a yellow triangle next to them.
Click the “+” next to the device (In this case, Display adapters)
Right click the video card and select Update Driver Software
Select “Search automatically for updated driver software”
You may need to restart your computer when it is done
Reinstall the Video Driver without a CD
If you do not have a CD, then you have two options. Either you can download the driver manually from the manufacturer’s website or you can run driver update software.
Installing from the Manufacture Website
If you choose to update the driver manually, then it is very important that you only download the driver from the original manufacturer’s website. Downloading it from a random free site can do damage to your computer.
First, the site may have unintentionally put forth an incomplete driver that will cause everything to crash. Second, many of these free downloads are full of spyware and viruses. Not only does spyware put your computer at risk, it also puts all your personal information at risk as well. And we all know the damage a virus can do. In fact, a virus is generally the reason why you reinstall Windows Vista in the first place.
Additionally, it is important to download the appropriate driver for your computer. This means you need to select the correct version of Windows and the specific video card. The manufacturer will have many video cards to choose from so make sure you choose the right one.
To determine which video card you have, open the device manager (see instructions 2 a- d in this article) and click display adapters. This will display the name of your video chipset.
Reinstall the Video Driver via Software
The simplest and the safest way to update any driver is with driver update software. The software can scan your computer for drivers that need updating. It will then display all the ones that have updates and give you the option to download and install the new drivers. It only takes a couple of minutes and your computer will be back to running like new again. You might even discover more than your video card needs updating.