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You computer basically needs a number of hardware devices to make up a complete computer system. For instance, it will require motherboard, memory, CPU, hard disk, keyboard, monitor and several other devices. The video card or the graphics processing unit is the most important device that is responsible for everything you see on the computer screen. This video card basically needs video drivers so it functions efficiently. Therefore when you experience problems with your display most often the video drivers might have been corrupt, disappeared or might need updating. This file corruption can affect any file in your computer and also video drivers. Some common causes for file corruption include outages, power surges, improper computer shutdown, computer crashes and computer viruses.

The video drivers can also be missing which can be because of accidental deletion, computer viruses and some other causes. When the video drivers have disappeared or have corrupted, the processing units of graphics might no longer function properly. Therefore rebooting your computer can help if the video driver has disappeared, because when you reboot, the Windows operating system will automatically detect the hardware and will load generic or the specific video drivers.

If you find that your video card is not functioning properly then updating your video drivers can help in restoring the functionality for the processing unit of graphics. Apart from this, updating video drivers is also advisable even if your video card is working as you desired. This is simply because the graphics card manufacturer will continually improve the product and will also release these improvements through updates for video drivers. For instance, the ATI Company generally provides updates for video drivers every month for their Radeon cards. The video derivers for these ATI Radeon cards are usually very sophisticated. Through regular updates and making certain improvements, updating video drivers regularly will ensure that you have all the latest enhancements including the repairs done.

The device manager that you find in computer’s control panel will help you in identifying the graphics card and the version information of your video driver. You can also use the device manager to update your video drivers so that you don’t have to visit the web site of the manufacturer. However if you prefer downloading the video drivers directly through the web site of the manufacturer then you should first know the exact device model you have including your type of operating system and driver version that you use. These video card drives are basically created to communicate information about your video card to the operating system in their own language. Therefore installing video drivers that is specially designed for some other operating system will not work with your computer. The other option you have is to enable windows update option on your computer. Although you might receive updates from Microsoft for their products, you can also find update release for device drivers for all your devices including video drivers.

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