The following is a short guide on how to properly manage your NVidia GeForce Drivers. But for those who are using a different brand and model, this will still be useful information that you could use for your reference.
What Are Device Drivers?
Device drivers are simply a collection of files that will help your computer’s operating system recognize and properly use the video card. Think of the video card as your ATM, and the device driver is your PIN. The reason this is important is because if the proper driver is not used, your computer will not be able to use the video card, and will instead just apply the default settings since it will think that there are no other (better) devices available.
While using the default settings is okay, it will not give you the full benefits of a good video card. You could expect that some programs like high end games, might not be able to run on your computer. If the program does run even when using the default hardware, you might need to set the game or program to the lowest video settings and resolution. Despite this, there is still a huge possibility that the program will run very slowly. The reason is because programs like these require high-performing video processes that only a good video card can offer.
Where Can You Find Your Card’s Drivers?
There are two places wherein you can find the installation file for your video card’s driver. The first place is the optical media (CD, DVD) that comes with your video card. The second place is NVidia’s support website.
Installing Through Optical Media
This is a very easy task. All you need to do is insert the CD/DVD in your CD/DVD tray, and wait for the autorun program to execute. The autorun program will provide you with easy to understand menus to let you install the video card driver. Follow the instructions on the installation program, and you should have no problems installing your video card’s driver.
Installing Using the Installation File from the Support Site
If you do not have the installation CD/DVD or if you want to update, you will need to go to NVidia’s support site to download the installation file. Downloading it may take you some time depending on your internet speed. You can easily get the file by searching the support site with your video card’s name.
Once you download the file, execute it. It will provide you with the same menu that will appear on the autorun program on an installation CD/DVD. Follow the instructions, and wait for it to install the updated drivers completely.
Are Updating the Drivers Necessary?
Face it, even if you have bought a video card from NVidia, it is possible that the drivers of the company’s cards have some bugs on it. Not all computers or motherboards are compatible with every video card in the market. Also, some games, operating systems, and programs may also have compatibility issues with the card you have.
As you can see, the list of reasons, which you need to fix by updating the drivers for your video card, does not just end there. However, never think that video cards are the only ones that need updating. Most of the hardware installed in your computer needs updates too. Because of those inevitable events, you need to solve them by updating the driver files of your video card. Nevertheless, it is also a way to increase the performance of your hardware even it is primarily a way to eliminate bugs. Think of the update as an upgrade.
When Do You Need to Roll Back or Remove the Drivers?
Just like the drivers, your operating system has a set of bugs too. Sometimes, your video card driver can become corrupted. Unfortunately, it may happen because of hundreds of reasons. And typically, a user who has a corrupted video card driver on his computer might never know what the exact cause of that corruption is.
There are three ways to solve the problem of corrupted video card drivers. The first way was mentioned above, which is updating the video card driver. However, if the update caused the corruption or issue, you might need to do the next step instead.
The next step is to roll back the driver. Doing a rollback will uninstall the current driver, and it will reinstall the previous driver that was installed in your computer. However, it might not work if you have not updated your driver before. Because of that, you will need to move on to the next step.
Uninstall and Reinstall
The last of the three steps is to uninstall or remove and reinstalling your video card’s driver. Uninstall first the drivers from your computer (the steps may vary depending on your operating system). And then, install the drivers from your CD/DVD or from NVidia’s support site.
Author Bio:- Contributing writer David Fuller has published reviews on http://www.shoppingpreview.com/laptops. His reviews as well as those of other reviewers shed light on the latest consumer electronics available in the market.