A Video Card (also known as a Graphics Card or Video Accelerator) is one of those components on your computer that you probably never really think about; until something begins to go wrong.

Then the important role that Graphics Card play in making sure that we enjoy computing as we do today becomes clear. The Video Card that is on your computer is the one that allows you to watch your favorite movie, play your favorite game and do many more things. Without them, our PCs would barely be useful. So, what are some of the symptoms of a failing Video Card?

Update Your Drivers                                                                       

Have you ever asked yourself how your computer is able to communicate with hardware components such as keyboards, mice and even Graphics Cards? How does the Operation System that is on your PC distinguish one device from the other?

Drivers are the answer to these questions. They are programs that have been designed for the sole purpose of allowing for the communication between an Operation System, such as Windows, and hardware components, such as monitors, projectors and many more. It is important, therefore, for you to keep the drivers that are on your PC updated, to avoid the compatibility issues that arise when an OS fails to communicate properly with a hardware component.

Scan, Review, Update Your Computer With SafeBytes DriverAssist

We recommend that you use DriverAssist from SafeBytes to keep the drivers that are on your computer updated. SafeBytes is a Microsoft Certified Partner, and all its tools are safe to use on your computer. DriverAssist works in the background to automatically update the drivers that are on your computer to the latest versions.

How Do You Tell When Your Video Card Is Failing

There are many signs that show you that your video card is no longer working as well as it should. Most of the times, these are quite noticeable, since Graphics Card are the ones that enable us to see images, text and videos through our computers’ screens.


One of the most common things that show that your Video Card may be failing is a freezing screen. This can happen at any time, whether or not you are playing videos. The problems either goes away on its own or can be fixed by restarting the computer.

A Blue Screen

Commonly referred to as “the blue screen of death,” all the images on your computer can suddenly be replaced by a blue screen. While there are many causes of blue screens, you should suspect your Graphics Card if it only happens whenever you start doing graphics intensive work.

Slow Down In Animation

Another of the many symptoms of a failing Graphics Card is the slowing down in your computer’s animation. When this happens, you will notice videos and games beginning to stutter.

Unclear Picture

You may also notice that instead of the crystal clear images that you had gotten used to, the pictures that are produced through your monitor become fuzzy as your Video Card begins to fail.

Check Your Drivers

We do have to remind you, once again, that problems with your computer, including graphics problems, may be caused by outdated drivers. Use SafeBytes DriverAssist to keep all drivers on your computer up to date. DriverAssist is the best device driver manager that you can find out there.