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Resolving Video Card Problems on Windows XP

April 27th, 2011 No comments

A significant chunk of the computers around the world still use Windows XP, largely because of its proven stability and reliability, especially when compared to its overly bloated and sluggish successor Windows Vista. A major portion of those users who have stuck to Windows XP are graphic artists, designers, and gamers, for two main reasons. First is the speed and stability of Windows XP as mentioned above, and second is the significantly lower system requirements to run design software, editing programs, or video games on it, with Windows Vista and Windows 7 usually demanding up to 1 GB more RAM as well as a faster processor.

Windows XP, Video Cards, and Your PC

Designing things or playing games on any computer requires a lot of graphical horsepower, usually in the form of a mid to high-end video card. However, more and more of these graphics-dependent users running Windows XP have been running into problems getting their newer video cards to run at full functionality, or to get them up and running at all. However, if you’re one of these hapless users, there’s no need to go and upgrade your system and switch to a new OS just yet. Here are a few things you can try to get your video card to work with Windows XP.

Run Windows Update

Thanks to its continued popularity, Microsoft has extended the time it will officially support Windows XP, meaning that it still releases periodic updates for it. These updates often address security issues and incrementally improve performance and functionality. They also help keep Windows XP compatible with the latest gadgets, devices, and peripherals on the market, including video cards. The easiest way to do this would be to run Automatic Updates, the latest version of which comes with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. If you don’t have Service Pack 2 yet or would prefer not to use Automatic Updates for whatever reason, You can download the updates here.

Finding the Right Drivers

All of the video cards currently on the market today should be compatible with Windows XP. What usually fouls up the works are the drivers that are used to run the card. The driver should be on the CD packaged along with the card, but chances are they’re outdated by the time you’re installing them on your PC. To get the latest drivers and resolve your problems, you’ll need to visit the manufacturer’s website, find their download page, search for the driver suited to your specific model of card and your OS, download it, and then install it.

If the idea of manually updating your drivers for your video card or other devices sounds a bit too complex or tedious and time-consuming for you, then you might want to consider trying out our Driver Scan Tool. This program will alert you on the status of all the drivers for any devices you might have, checking if they’re compatible, properly installed, and up to date. Don’t let bad drivers limit your fun or productivity. Try it out today.