How to Update Your Graphics Card on a Laptop

Laptops render and play some of the high quality definition graphics, if a good quality graphic card is installed in it. Graphic cards, also known as display adapters and video cards are an essential part of the computer systems.

If you do not have a good graphic card installed in your laptop, then you may not be able to play some of the latest video file formats, such as MKV, and the Realistic PC games, which take high memory from the graphic cards, and display good quality videos on the screen. If you have a high memory graphic card installed and you are still encountering issues while playing high definition videos, then you may need to update your drivers.

Instructions

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    If you are using Windows XP, then click the “Start” button and select “Control Panel” from the menu. Now double click the “System” icon and you will see “System Properties” dialog box appearing on the screen. You can also open the “System Properties” by right clicking the “My Computer” icon and selecting “Properties”. Select the “Hardware” tab and click the “Device Manager” button.

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    If you are using Windows 7, then you can open the device manager by clicking the “Start” button and writing “Device Manager” in the search field. The device manager icon will then appear in the searched list. Click on it and the device manager window will appear on your screen.

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    Locate the “Display Adapters” category and click the “+” sign against it, in order to expand the available list of adapter installed in your laptop.

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    Double click the adapter which you are currently using. It will open a new dialog box on your screen. The icon of the display adapter is usually represented by a PC monitor and a card placed at its side.

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    Now select the “Driver” tab, and you will see different options available in front of you. You need to click the “Update driver” button, in order to download and install updates for the display adapter installed in your laptop.

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    The operating system will automatically start locating the updates for your display card. Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet. Otherwise, you need to have a CD or DVD with updated driver files, in order to install the updates.

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