If your video is not displaying appropriately or you don’t have the video options that your video card should allow, you may need to update the Windows video display driver or install the appropriate video display drivers for your video card or chipset.
1. Determine the manufacturer for your video card and display adapters. The easiest way to do this is to check it in the Display Properties of your computer. Right-click on your desktop and select Properties to open the Display Properties dialog box. Click on the Settings tab to display the settings for your video display. You’ll find the name of the display adapter on that screen.
2. Find the latest driver for your video display adapter. You may find it on the Windows Update site or on the website for the video display manufacturer. If you are using the video chip set or video card that came installed in your computer when you bought it, the best bet is the computer manufacturer’s web site.
3. If the file that you downloaded has an .exe extension, you should be able to just click on it and follow the onscreen instructions to install the updated drivers to your computer.
4. If the file that you downloaded has a .zip extension, you’ll need to unzip the file. Again, the zipped archive will often include an .exe file that will install the right drivers automatically.
If the file that you downloaded does not include an installation utility, you will have to install it using the Windows hardware installation wizard.
1. Unzip the files in the driver package into a folder on your hard drive.
2. Right-click on My Computer.
3. Select Properties.
4. Choose the Hardware tab.
5. Click on the Device Manager button.
6. Click on Display Adapters.
7. Right-click on the correct display adapter.
8. Select Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard.
9. Select “No, not this time” when asked if you want to connect to Windows Update. Click Next.
10. Select “Install from a list or location”. Click Next.
11. Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install”. Click Next.
12. Click the “Have Disk” button to open the Install from Disk dialog box.
13. Click the Browse button and navigate to the folder where you placed your driver files.
14. Find the .inf file which contains the information that the computer needs to install the driver files. Click OK to return to the Wizard. Click Next.
15. The Wizard will install all the necessary files. When the Wizard is done, restart your computer to activate the new drivers.