Updating your video card drivers
UPDATED For Windows Vista and Windows 7
For Windows XP:
STEP ONE - What Video card do you have?
Presuming you have Windows XP, the quickest way is to right click your windows desktop (wallpaper) and select 'properties' from the drop down menu that appears. A window like this will open:
This is the 'Display control panel' for Windows (its similar for windows 98, me and 95). You want to select the 'settings' tab at the top right of this window...
Now click the button marked 'advanced' at the bottom right...
Ok this window (above) may have a different number of tabs on your PC, click the 'adaptor' tab
Here at the top where it says 'adaptor type', is your video card. In my case, it's a NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT. Make a note of this.
STEP TWO - Downloading the drivers
Now I know I have a card made by 'nvidia' I need to find their web site. You may have a different make of card so you might need a different site, but its easy to google for it. here are some of the common ones:
Ok, these sites get changed a lot, so I've just linked to the front page. You need to find a link that says "drivers" or "video card drivers". Failing that, look for 'support' or 'downloads'. Then you will need to select the right drivers for your card. This isn't too hard, because normally, the same drivers update almost any card that a particular manufacturer has made. You'll need to download the drivers to your PC, they could be fairly big, so it might take a few minutes, even on broadband.
STEP THREE - Installing the drivers
Just double-click the file you downloaded, and follow the instructions. They will probably get you to restart your PC once they have been installed. Once you reboot, you might have to adjust your screen settings again (often they default back to a really ugly low resolution.)
You now have updated your video card drivers! If you were experiencing poor performance, or video card related bugs, they may now be fixed!
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