In this video, learn how to use Windows to update the display, set resolution, and properly adjust the monitor. Confirm that the best display adapter driver is installed.
- [Narrator] The internal part of your PC's graphic system is the display adapter. It's hardware, either apart of the motherboard or dwelling on an expansion card. Adjusting the display adapter is done in Windows. In fact, I recommend that you confirm that the display adapter and monitor are fully cooperating. The goal is to ensure that the adapter is powering the monitor at its native resolution. Right-click the Window's desktop and choose "Display Settings". The Settings App appears and it shows you all the monitors connected to your PC.
If you have more than one, you can set the monitors relationship to each other, and the monitors orientation. You can also individually set each monitor's resolution. This PC has only one monitor, if you see two, you can click one to adjust it's settings, otherwise we're moving forward and clicking "Advanced Display Settings". Choose a display, if you see more than one, then choose "Resolution". You see a list of resolutions supported by the graphics hardware. The recommended item is the ideal resolution for the combination of your display adapter and monitor.
On this system, that's the recommended resolution. This resolution is chosen instead because it looks better for recording purposes. For some configurations, you may actually see two or more recommended items. The result of selecting a non-recommended resolution could be an odd looking display. For example, the image may not fill the monitor's screen, item's can look distorted, or you may see flickering, or other annoying artifacts. To remedy those items, ensure that the recommended resolution is chosen.
To make further adjustments, scroll down the window, choose "Display Adapter Properties". The properties dialogue box for the computer's display adapter appears. Here, you can update the graphics driver, which may fix software compatibility issues, especially with computer games. Click the "Properties" button. Click the "Driver" tab. Click the "Update Driver" button to automatically search for updated driver software. I won't do this here because it could interfere with the recording.
When you automatically search for an updated driver, Window's probes the internet to look for the best display adapter software. If one is found, that new driver is downloaded and installed. The installation typically doesn't require that you restart your PC, though the screen may flash during the update process. If you have the best driver installed, the screen will tell you so. You can force a driver update if Window's insists that the best driver is installed, but perhaps you suspect that that isn't the case. To do so, you click the "Uninstall" button.
That removes the driver. When you go through this process, you may see the display revert to a very low resolution. It will look ugly. Then, repeat the process to update the driver as described earlier in this movie. Window's will fetch a new driver from the internet, install it, and hopefully the problem is resolved. Beyond the Window's method of installing drivers, many display adapters come with their own configuration and management program, such as NVIDIA's Control Panel.
These display adapter programs or control panels offer far more details than what Window's shows, including perhaps some helpful diagnostics, troubleshooting, and other settings not otherwise available.
- Diagnosing the causes of PC issues
- Troubleshooting hardware and software
- Performing startup and system restore steps
- Accessing the Task Manager
- Using the Registry Editor
- Fixing Windows
- Maintaining storage drives
- Restoring network connectivity