How to Fix a Display Driver

By Duke Hampton

Your computer's graphics architecture depends on drivers to function. These small software programs help to bridge the gap between the graphics architecture and the rest of the computer, but occasionally problems can occur that prevent your graphics from working as they should. The most common cause of problems is corrupted drivers, which can happen when other software or computing procedures interfere with the drivers. Although it's not always convenient to fix display drivers, the process isn't overly difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Updated display drivers

Step 1

Identify the make and model of your graphics card. To do so, open the "Device Manager" control panel in Windows and expand the "Display Adapters" entry. This entry displays your graphics card.

Step 2

Browse to the Web page of your graphics card's manufacturer. For example, if you have an Nvidia graphics card, go to nvidia.com. For ATI cards, go to ati.amd.com. On the drivers page, locate the most recent drivers for your graphics card. Download this driver program to your Windows desktop.

Step 3

Return to the Device Manager. Right-click on the graphics card entry and click "Uninstall." Windows will uninstall the device from your system and prompt you to reboot. Reboot your computer.

Step 4

After Windows starts, the operating system will detect your graphics card and install the default display drivers for it. Let the process run until completion.

Step 5

Double-click the display driver installation program on your Windows desktop to install the new display drivers. These new drivers will be free of corruption and should fix problems you encountered with the previous drivers.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your computer has integrated graphics, uninstall the display driver and reboot your computer. To update the driver software, enter "Device Manager" and click "Update Driver."
  • Before fixing display drivers, it's a good idea to set a Windows Restore Point in case you run into trouble.