Installing Video Card Drivers
Video card drivers are among the most important of all driver software. While for the novice computer user who uses only basic programs like text editors and web browsers, having the correct drivers installed may not have such a dramatic effect, it is always noticeable. Many computer motherboards come with embedded video hardware, which as one might expect are usually somewhat anemic compared to their standalone card based counterparts. This soldered-on type of video component is usually somewhat unsuitable for demanding 3D applications such as modern games or CAD style modeling programs. It is, however, usually enough for the average user's computing habits. Though one might expect this type to be under the umbrella of integrated operating system drivers, nearly all video components require external driver sources for proper operation due to their nearly infinite variation in architecture. Those users who install the non-integrated card-type graphics hardware will notice a much more pronounced effect from missing or incorrect drivers on their system.
Whichever category you may fall into, when it comes down to it obtaining and installing the right drivers is of similar importance. Even if you happen to be a net addict who uses the computer for surfing different websites all day, your experience will be drastically affected without up to date drivers. The resolution of the computer screen will likely be significantly reduced, meaning less of a given web page will be able to be displayed at once, and many may not even fit on the screen at all! Most pages are meant to be viewed at a minimum resolution which is often higher than what one is presented with before driver installation.
Windows, as well as most other operating systems have what could be considered a universal video driver which is extremely rudimentary and will give you just enough functionality so that you're able to see what you're doing. Though graphics hardware differs wildly, there is a certain degree of standardization among these devices, which helps to ensure that after a fresh OS install, the user is not left with a blank screen. If the computer was unable to display the OS interface, it would make any type of system configuration from then on all but impossible! So, while you may be initially frustrated with the lack of screen real estate and poor graphical performance, fear not; use this crippled display to navigate to your video hardware manufacturer's website, and from there you'll be able to get a hold on the drivers you need.
When looking for video drivers, as always it is important to download them from a trusted source. You'll need to know a few things before you get started, though. First, you'll need to figure out the exact model name or number of the video card of which you are in possession. This can either be found on its packaging, or often within the "Device Manager" Windows utility. While Windows may not have the drivers for the device at its disposal, it may still recognize its model information. Secondly, you'll need to know not only what operating system you may be running, but also what version you're using. You will be asked for this information during the driver acquisition process. When the file in question has finally been located, download and save it into an easy to recognize folder such as the "Desktop." Depending on the manner in which it has been packaged, you may need to first extract the file using a program like "7-Zip." If the file is a ".exe" executable, all that is needed is to double click on the file icon and follow the instructions displayed. Be aware, your screen may flicker or do strange things during this process, but hang tight. Before you know it, the process will be complete and after a quick restart your hardware should be running at full capacity!