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How to Update My Nvidia Graphics Card/Onboard Drivers.(HP, Dell , MSI , XFX , ASUS ,Gigabyte)

It is recommended that you update your graphics card drivers at least once every two to three months. This will ensure that new software can use your graphics card to it's full potential.

There are two sets of drivers usually available for any given card namely : The manufacturer driver and the Nvidia driver. Many manufacturers can create the same card all based on the same Nvidia chipset on the card. Thus , there are no major differences between the different manufacturer's cards as they all use the same chipset and basic driver.

Thus you could theoretically use even a different manufacturer's driver for your card , but this is prevented using software.

This difference in the drivers are minute and relate to small details of the card operation.

A great misconception among computer users is that you can only use the driver from the manufacturer of your graphics card. This is completely untrue as the Nvidia drivers are updated more than most manufacturer's drivers and for me personally simply work better.

So now I will show you how to update your card from the Nvidia website.

#1 Identify the card in your computer.

Firstly you will have to identify your card if you don't know the model number. This can be done in three ways...If you know the model number , proceed to step 2.

  1. Look on the box if you have one for your model which is something like 9600gt / 8800gts / gtx275.
  2. Open your side panel of your PC and have a look on the card itself for the model number.
  3. Go to Control Panel - System - Device Manager - Display Adapters and your model should be displayed here if you have a previous version of the drivers installed.

For a laptop or onboard card , try googling either the laptop model number or the motherboard model number to determine the chipset model.

Now that you have determined the model of your card , we can proceed to step 2.

# 2 , Finding , Downloading and installing the correct driver.


Then Follow the following steps. I will use as an example the 9600gt for windows 7 32bit in English UK

You can also try using the self identification function on the website.

Select The Product , in this case a GeForce

Select the model series , in this case a 9000 series (the card is 9600 so it falls in the 9000 series)

Select your operating system , I'm using Win7 32bit

And finally select your preferred language.

Now hit the search button and this will bring up your download page.

Just hit the download button and the download will start.

Once the download completes , simply run the setup and restart your computer once this completes and you have a updated graphics card driver.

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