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Installing Video Card Drivers
Step 1 - How To Access The Display Properties Window
Step 2 - How To Access Video Card Driver Information
Step # 3 - Uninstall The Current Video Card Driver
Step # 4 - Reinstall Video Card Drivers
 
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Article Title: How To Reinstall Video Card Drivers For A Problematic Video Card
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: June 30, 2016
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:25 PM
Applies To:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 7
Windows Vista

1.4E - Installing Video Card Drivers

When you have display problems, the first line of troubleshooting should be to uninstall video card device drivers and then reinstall them. A device driver is simply a piece of software that provides a specific function to get hardware components working properly with an operating system. Uninstalling and reinstalling drivers is the first step towards proactively resolving display problems.

This document will walk you through the process of uninstalling and reinstalling a video card device driver.

The first step to install a video card driver is to Open the Display Properties window.

Step 1 - How To Access The Display Properties Window
(1) Left click the Start Menu.
(2) Left click the Control Panel menu item. This will load the Control Panel.
(3) In the Control Panel window double left click the display icon. This will load the display settings window.

Step 2 - How To Access Video Card Driver Information
(4) On the display properties window left click the Settings tab. The advanced display properties window will appear.
(5) Left click the Adapter tab. A window showing information about the type of video card installed will appear.
(6) Left click the Advanced button. A window showing information about the video card driver will appear.
(7) Left click the Adapter tab. You will see your current video card installed under the Adapter Type label.
(8) Left click the Properties button to modify its current settings.
(9) Left click the Driver tab. A properties window for the selected driver will appear.
(10) Left click the Uninstall button.


Figure 1.4D - Video Card Driver Driver Details Window
1. If you need information about the driver currently installed in the system click the Driver Details button. A new window will appear showing the driver files required by the device as well as basic information about that particular piece of hardware including the manufacturer, version of the device driver, copyright information, and digital signer information.

2. Left click the Update Driver button to reinstall your current video card driver.
3. To rollback to a different driver left click the Roll Back Driver button. Windows will try and locate a previously installed driver file. If no drivers are found, Windows will let you know.

4. To uninstall the device driver click the Uninstall button.
5. To confirm changes click the OK button.

Step # 3 - Uninstall The Current Video Card Driver


Figure 1.4E - Video Card Driver Driver Details Window

1. To uninstall the current video card driver simply left click the Uninstall button. Windows will prompt you to confirm the uninstall and the computer will have to be restarted for the changes to take effect.

Step # 4 - Reinstall Video Card Drivers

Once the system has rebooted, Windows may automatically detect your video card and start the Hardware Update Wizard to install the neccessary driver files to get card recognised and working properly.


Figure 1.4F - Hardware Update Wizard Window

1. The first step in this wizard is to decide whether you want to install the driver manual or let Windows do it automatically. If you want Windows to search for a compatible driver file ensure the first option (install the software automatically) is checked.
2. If you know where the driver file resides on your hard drive or if you have an installation CD-ROM that came with your video card, select the second option (install from a specific location). Windows will ask you to select the location of your driver files on the next window.
3. Left mouse click the Next button. The next window will ask you to choose a location to install from. This step is shown in the screenshot in the following section.


Figure 1.4G - Hardware Update Wizard Window

A. The next step is to specify a location for Windows to look for your driver files. Ensure the “Search removable media (floppy, CD-ROM” is checked to instruct Windows to search these locations for the files. You can instruct Windows to search an additional location by specifying them in this list box. If you are unsure of the exact location left click the Browse button and browse for the folder where your video card drivers are stored.
B. If you want to install the driver manually make sure the option “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install” is marked. This will allow you to manually choose a driver file to install.
C. When you are ready to proceed click the Next button. The second Hardware Update Wizard window will appear. This is shown in the screenshot in the next section.


Figure 1.4H - Hardware Update Wizard Window
A. To show only the hardware that may be compatible with the current driver you are trying to install ensure the Show compatible hardware option is checked. If you want to see all hardware devices that can be used with the current driver file ensure the option is unchecked.

It is important to note that even though a hardware device may show up in the list, complications may arise if you try to install a device driver that was not specifically written for the particular device in the machine. Be sure to read your hardware’s documentation to ensure you are installing the correct driver file.

B. If you have the driver files on CD-ROM or other removable media click the Have Disk button and locate the neccessary driver files. If you are unsure of the exact location left click the Browse button and browse for the folder where your video card drivers are stored.
C. Left click the Next button when you are ready to proceed.

If the correct driver file is selected the Windows will prompt you to finalize the changes and install the driver files on the next window. If windows cannot locate a suitable driver it will return an error message on the subsequent window.

D. Once Windows finds a suitable device driver it will attempt to install it to get the hardware working. Once this process finishes, it's complete and no further setup is required.

Congratulations! You know now how to reinstall video card device drivers on a Windows XP compatible computer.

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