When is it necessary to update video card drivers? Let me give you an example of a situation. You log into Netflix and selected a movie you want to watch and then you choose the “Play Now” option and your screen goes black. Instead of getting a movie now you've got a black screen. This is the consequences of having corrupt or out of date video drivers.

Now what are you going to do? How are you going to watch your movie? You need to fix the video driver issue before you can watch Netflix again, and I'm here to walk you through the basics of what media card drivers are, what they do, and how to update your video drivers.

What are Video Card Drivers?

Video card drivers are pieces of software that act as translators between your video or media card and Windows. Without the drivers, you get no video all. So if you see anything on your computer, you have some working drivers, out of date or corrupt. If your video card drivers are corrupt or out of date, you will get errors in your video rendering. This can lead to blank screens, lines in the video, or errors in applications. Most commonly a black screen as you get with Netflix. Windows may be unaffected as it uses few resources to run, and thus the card doesn't need to access its built in RAM.

How to Update Video Drivers

First we must know exactly what type of card it is. If you already know it, great! If not follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click System and Security, under System, click Device Manager
  4. Under Sound, video and game controllers find your card and make note of the exact make and model

Now you must go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers for the video card. To do that you should look for a “Support” or “Downloads” area of the website. You will be given choices of which version of driver you want to download, you want to choose the version that is compatible with your version of Windows, and then you want to save it to a place you will remember.

Now it is time to update the drivers. To do so follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click System and Security, under System, Click Device Manager
  4. Under Sound, video and game controllers double click on the video card
  5. Go to the “Driver” tab
  6. Click on the “Update driver” button
  7. Browse to the location you saved the drivers
  8. Restart if asked

That's how you manually update a video card driver. The way it has been done for years and years, and the way that you can fall back on.

There is a way for you to automatically update video card drivers. There is new software on the market called driver update software that will scan your computer for drivers that need to be updated, scan the Internet for the latest drivers, and then install the video drivers in a matter of a few minutes time.

No more going to manufacturer's websites searching for the drivers yourself, no more going into Device Manager to update drivers one at a time as they need updates. Completely automatic and hassle-free. Programmers saw a need for those less tech savvy to be able to deal with driver issues that crop up in the life of a computer user these days, and came up with driver update software so you can fix video drivers, no problem.


Source by David Gaines