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How to Update Your Video Card Drivers

Brentmeister
posted this on May 12, 2011 19:23

Last updated: 5/15/2012

How to Update your Video Card Drivers:

In this article we will cover some basic ways to get your Video/Graphics Card drivers updated. Drivers are programs that allow other programs to interact with a hardware device (in this case, your Video/Graphics Card). You will want your Graphics Card drivers to be properly updated so that your system can more efficiently run League of Legends.

Video card drivers often include vital bug fixes and/or optimizations. Although your card is generally shipped with a driver pre-packaged, this driver is usually out of date by the time it reaches your computer, so one of the most important steps you can perform when installing a new video card or receiving a new computer is installing the most up to date driver. 

The update process will vary depending on the specific video card you have, but many players will find that they likely own a card from one of three major product lines: Nvidia, ATI or Intel. Since these are the most common types of graphics cards, we will cover the basic update process for each.

How to Identify Your Graphics Card:

  1. Press [Windows Key] + R (this will open up a “Run” window)
  2. Type dxdiag and then hit Enter.

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    3.   Select the Display tab.
    4.   Note the name and manufacturer of your card.

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A Special Note for Players Using Laptops/Notebooks:

Laptops and notebooks are often purchased including what is known as an integrated graphics chip. These chips share resources with the processor in the laptop (most notably RAM). Dedicated cards, however,contain their own memory and do not share RAM with the processor. Many notebook manufacturers choose to release their own driver versions that operate better on the laptop/notebook than the generic Nvidia, ATI, or Intel drivers.

If you are experiencing a problem that may be related to your video driver, try installing the most updated driver from your manufacturer's website.

Some common laptop/notebook manufacturers that release their own graphics driver versions are:

In very rare situations, the generic (Nvidia, ATI or Intel) drivers may work better on your laptop/notebook. This is usually only the case if the drivers provided by your notebook manufacturer are very out of date. If you experience problems with the manufacturer's drivers, you could instead try replacing these drivers with the most up to date generic driver. 

How to Update an Nvidia Card:

Option 1 (requires you to know which specific card you have):

  1. Visit: Nvidia's Driver Page
  2. Use the drop-down boxes to select the following values: Product Type, Product Series, Product, Operating System and Language
  3. Hit “Search”
  4. Hit “Download.” From here you can read the License Agreement and then select “Agree and Download.”
  5. Wait while the driver is downloaded. (Note that this may take some time).
  6. Run the .exe file that was downloaded. If you are prompted by a warning message, be sure to “Allow” the process to run/continue.
  7. Follow the setup process to completion.
  8. Once the process is complete, re-start your computer.

Option 2 (This option will try to automatically detect which card you have. Please note that this option may not work with all systems.)

  1. Visit Nvidia's Smart Scan Website
  2. Allow the “ActiveX” control to run if prompted.
  3. Wait while the scan operates.
  4. Download and install the driver that has been presented to you. (See step 4 from Option 1)

How to Update an ATI Card:

  1. Visit: ATI's Driver Page
  2. Follow the steps listed on the site.
  3. If you have further problems updating your driver, the above listed page has included easy-to-follow instructional videos (near the bottom of the page).

How to Update an Intel Card:

  1. Visit Intel's Driver Update Utility Page
  2. The utility should walk you through the steps of getting the most up to date drivers.
  3. If you need assistance, Intel’s Utility Page includes both a Troubleshoot Installation function and a support section to assist you.

[ADVANCED] How to Install an ATI Driver without Catalyst Control Center:

Many users, especially those with older ATI cards, say that they can get better performance if they install ONLY the driver. On some systems the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) is said to cause a decrease in performance. If you are experiencing performance problems or would simply like to tweak your graphics card’s performance, you can try to install the driver without installing the CCC.

WARNING: THIS OPTION SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED BY NON-ADVANCED USERS: Please proceed at your own caution, and if you wish to pursue this setting, Use this guide to get a clean install. When installing the driver choose the "Advanced" option and choose NOT to install the Catalyst Control Center.

 
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