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Article Title: Obtaining Information About Your Computers Video Card Display In Windows XP and Windows 7
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: October 25, 2013
Last Modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 10:43 PM
Applies To:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 7
Windows Vista

1.4F - Obtaining Information About Your Computer's Video Card

In Windows XP, the operating system gives you in-depth information about the video cards installed in your system.

To access the Windows Control Panel follow these instructions:

  1. Left click Start.

  1. Left click Run. The run dialog Window will appear.

  1. In the open box type the command control and press enter or left click OK.

  1. This will load the Windows Control Panel where you can modify settings on the computer, add or remove software, and troubleshoot your system.

  2. Double left click the Display shortcut to load the Display Properties Window.

  3. Left click Settings tab..

  4. Left click the Advanced button..

To access this information click the Adapter tab on the Advanced Display Settings window. A new window opens containing information about your video card and monitor. The illustration below shows this step.


Figure 1.4I - Video Adapter Properties

You can see the manufacturer of your video card and modify its settings by clicking the Properties button located to the right of the Adapter type label.

You can reinstall the video card driver by clicking Properties, selecting the Driver tab and clicking the Update Driver button (we discuss installing and configuring device drivers on this page).

Under Adapter Information displays specific information about the video card installed in the computer. The information includes Chip Type, DAC Type, Amount of Video Memory on the card, and BIOS information.

You can change the mode of your video card by clicking the List All Modes button. You can choose a different refresh rate, screen resolution, and color quality by selecting an available mode from the drop down list and clicking the OK button.

If Windows ask you to restart your computer save your work and click Yes or OK. Note that all video cards do not support all video modes. If you have trouble using one mode try a different one.

Left click the Cancel button to abort all changes and close the window.

Left click the Apply button to accept all changes and keep the window open.

To finalize settings click the OK button. Windows will immediately make the appropriate changes. If Windows ask you to restart your computer save your work and click Yes or OK.

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