How to Find My Computer's Graphics Card

If you merely need to seek out updates for your graphics card driver, however don't seem to be certain what kind of card you've got put in on your laptop, you'll use Windows' Device Manager to seek out your card's data. On the opposite hand, if you would like to exchange your computer's graphics card, you will need to know where the card itself is located on your laptop / computer. A graphics card may be put in to an AGP or PCI slot (expansion slots for additional hardware), or it may be directly put in to the motherboard.

Things You'll Need

Locating the Driver

Step 1
Click "Start," then "All Programs," then "Accessories." Click "Run."

Step 2
Type "devmgmt.msc" in the text field. Click "OK" to open Device Manager. 

Step 3
If a User Account Control window appears asking for your permission to continue, click "Continue."

Step 4
Click the plus sign located next to "Display Adapters" to find the name of your graphics card. If there is more than one driver displayed, it's possible that you have both a graphics card installed to one of the expansion slots on your computer and an onboard graphics card installed to your motherboard itself.

Locating the Hardware

Power down your laptop / PC, then take away any and every one cables or cords connected there to. Unscrew or slide off the case covering your laptop / PC.

Touch the computer's chassis to discharge any electricity. This can stop static discharge from damaging your computer's elements.

Search the rear of your motherboard for a thin, rectangular item of hardware, sticking out from the motherboard at a 90 (ninety) degree angle. Unless you've got another quite PCI card put in to your laptop (PCI slots will accommodate cards apart from graphics cards, like a sound cards, USB or Firewire cards, or modems), this could be your graphics card.

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