It is important and appropriate to consider and understand the different types of graphic card drivers. This is critical when you are playing computer games on a regular basis, because they need these drivers in order to function optimally. The beauty of working with a device manager is the fact that it tells you when something is wrong and also helps you to do automatic updates. Microsoft Windows is fully compatible with these changes and will detect the latest updates for you automatically. Sometimes, it is not easy to determine the video card identity, but that is where the device manager comes in, because it will give you all the right details.

One of the most popular options is the NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX. Not only is the manufacturer reputable, but the device driver itself has shown that it is capable of high end performance. Indeed, the details that you will pick up from the device manager will be in a format that is very similar to the one that has been demonstrated above. First you have the manufacturer and then the model as well as the item reference. In this way you are able to match the driver to the device in a very specific and bespoke way.

Location and functionality

Another important role for the driver manager will be to tell you the exact location of the card readers and game drivers. Make sure that you click on the video card before selecting its properties. This will lead you to a new window, which contains very detailed information about your card. The locations will also be listed, so that you can do the relevant upgrades manually if that is what is required. There is an important caveat for Standard VGA adapters, because they are not explicitly located by Microsoft Windows, hence creating some confusion. In this case, you may need to use a third party program in order to find the information that you are looking for.

Before downloading a third party program, make sure that you are certain about the credentials that are associated with the website. Otherwise, you run the risk of making a bad situation worse by importing malware into your computer. The Belarc Advisor has proved to be a worthy product in this respect, because it is able to identify even the most obscure graphic card drivers. Moreover, the program is free to use, at least at the basic level.

Unfortunately, the tendency for the majority of chipsets and video cards is to list memory information during POST. In order to deal with this issue you should try to reboot your PC and during that process press the Pause or Break key to temporarily stop the process. The text on the screen will provide you with the information you need. Finally, you can consider OEM lookup. This works with both HP and Dell. It will give you a serial number as well as tag to be used on the computer. All you have to do is then visit the principal website and match the details accordingly.