Troubleshooting Graphics Drivers
The problem is that graphic adapters are much more complex drivers making them more problematic because the device driver is likely to be revised more often, the device is less likely to be included with the operating system, and it is more likely to cause compatibility or functioning problems. When you update a device driver in ...view middle of the document...
To troubleshoot hardware or driver problems, here are some techniques:
* Open the Properties sheet for the device and check the Device Status box on the General tab. If the device is malfunctioning, this tab informs you of its status and enables you to launch a troubleshooter.
* Open the Device Manager and delete the device entirely. Then restart the system and allow Windows 7 to detect and install the device over again. This process will cause Windows 7 to re-allocate hardware resources to the device, which could resolve the problem if it was caused by a hardware resource conflict.
* If the device or driver malfunction prevents the system from running properly, as in the case of a bad graphics drive that prevents an image from appearing on the screen, you can start the computer in Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key as the system starts. Safe Mode loads the operating system with a minimal set of generic device drivers, bypassing the troubled ones, so you can uninstall or troubleshoot them.