Updating graphics drivers
Why would I need to do this?
There are some circumstances where you'll need to update your graphics drivers such as:
- Low FPS (Frames per Second) in game
- Graphical or Display issues
- You're looking to improve your system's performance
If any of these apply to you, follow these steps:
Before you update your drivers you'll need to identify what make and model of Graphics Card you have in your system.
Identifying graphics card
- Click the ‘Start’ button/Run
- Type "DxDiag" (without the quotations) and hit enter
- Click the display tab
- Your graphics card make is shown next to "Manufacturer"
- The model is next to "Chip Type"
Updating your Drivers on Windows
Note - You will need full admin access on the computer in order to update your drivers
- Visit the website of your graphics card manufacturer.
On Mac OS X, your Graphics Driver is actually part of the Operating System, and as such can only be upgraded by checking for a software update from Apple.
Update your OS
To update your Operating System follow these steps:
- Check for a Software Updates: Head to Apple Menu > Click About this Mac > Click Software Update
- Update your OS (If this option is grayed out, it means your version of OS X is fully up to date!)
Note - If you choose to Upgrade your version of Mac OS X to a newer version, it will take some time to download and complete the install process
Identifying your Graphics Card on Mac
If you want to find out what Graphics card you Mac has follow these steps:
- Click the Apple in the top left corner
- Select About this Mac and click 'More info...'
- In System Information select Graphics/Displays in the Hardware section to see the make and model of your graphics card.
Drivers already up to date?
Older graphics cards may not be supported by their manufacturer anymore, and therefore there may not be any recent driver updates available.
If that is the case, your hardware might not meet our Recommended specifications.
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