The First Things to Know About Graphics, Display, and Video Devices
First things first: there's a good chance that, if your computer is a fairly normal one, then the driver and device that govern your graphics, display, and video are all the same device, and governed by the same driver. Generally speaking, each of these aspects of your computer's functionality run through your video card, which can either be an independent unit attached to your motherboard, or it may even be built into your motherboard.
Regardless of which hardware solution that your computer utilizes, everything that you see displayed on your monitor must first be encoded by your video card, or by the video unit built into your motherboard. We will explain why your video drivers are critical for this process to function in the next section, but for now, we just wanted to tell you about how these devices work together, and that your video card is necessary for you to do jus about anything on your computer.
What Do Video Drivers Actually Do?
No matter what you use your computer for, your video, graphics, and display driver is a critical piece of software that must function correctly for your to get the most - or even anything - out of your computer. A device driver, no matter which device it governs, serves as a set of directions that tell your computer how to use the device. In the case of your video card driver, it tells your computer how to put video data into a format that your video card can understand, which in turn gives your computer's monitor a signal that it can turn into visual information that we can understand with our eyes.
If you're a gamer, then your video card driver is of tantamount importance. Because your video card is so critical to getting good gaming performance, your video card driver is just as important. If your video card driver is not up to date, then the latest games - which are designed with the latest drivers in mind - will neither run nor look as good as they could.
What Happens if Video, Graphics, and Display Drivers Fail?
Hopefully, all that happens to your computer when your video driver fails is just that your video doesn't look quite as good as it should. Unfortunately, that isn't what usually happens.
Much more common are severe video distortions, such as your computer's screen becoming pink or green, or flickering constantly. Often, the video of your computer will even fail altogether, making it so that you can't use your computer at all!
Worse, there can be even more significant problems. Because drivers operate at such a critical level of your operating system, when one fails, it can impact your entire computer. This means that your computer could get stuck in a constantly loop of repeating crashes, or even fail to launch the operating system correctly.
Some common video card errors include:
- Video Card Error Code 43
- Video Card Error Code 19
Obviously, these codes are about as archaic as possible. They tend to be even harder to interpret than normal driver errors, because these codes don't even begin to inform you - or even a dedicated computer technician - how best to go about repairing the problem.
In such a case, and when you're searching for a very specific driver such as:
Atheros Communications Atheros AR8152 Pci E Fast Ethernet Controller driver - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
What Can Be Done to Keep My Drivers Running Correctly?
There are two main ways that you can make sure that your drivers continue to work correctly, and they essentially both revolve around the same idea: keeping them as updated as possible, and making sure to check their status frequently.
To update your video drivers manually, first, open your Device Manager, and then locate your video card. Then, check when it's driver was last updated. After you note this date, navigate to the website of the manufacturer of your video card's website, and find the correct driver for your computer. If it was released more recently than the driver you currently have installed, go ahead and download it, and then install it. Reboot your computer. Hopefully, if everything went correctly, then you have updated your video driver effectively.
Alternatively, you could download Driver Genius. An award-winning piece of software, Driver Genius will quickly, easily, and best of all, automatically handle updating and repairing all of the drivers on your computer for you.
How Can I Avoid Ever Having Another Driver Problem?
Short of manually updating every single driver on your computer on a weekly basis - which can take hours and hours due to the sheer number of drivers installed on most computers - the best way is to simply run software like Driver Genius to handle all of your driver issues for you automatically.
What About Third Party Drivers?
You should avoid non-official drivers at all costs, at all times. One way to easily understand why is to think of how car repair shops function. Sure, the Ford dealership down the street could probably figure out how to repair your Audi or Nissan, and could probably order the parts - but would they have the expertise than an Audi or Nissan dealership would? IF you care about your car, then you would take it to the appropriate dealership, and not some other shop - and your computer should receive the same treatment.
So What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
Driver Genius is incredibly fast: capable of scanning, updating, and maintaining all of the drivers on your computer, Driver Genius can automate and speed up the computer maintenance process faster than if you had your own computer technician handling your computer every single day.
Driver Genius is reliable: by installing only officially-licensed drivers and by creating a backup of all of your drivers before installing new ones in case something goes wrong, Driver Genius will never cause any problems on your computer - only fix them.
Driver Genius is so easy to use and so powerful, that it has won dozens of awards over the years.