Detect A Graphics Card Driver

You can detect your graphics card drivers by using the DirectX diagnostic tool.

The graphics card controls your computer’s ability to render visual graphics for programs and games that you play on your system. The driver is software that is designed to run the specific model of graphics card on your computer. Over time, these drivers may be updated by the graphics card manufacturer to fix issues discovered in the software or to increase computer compatibility. You can detect and view information about your graphics card driver by using your computer’s DirectX diagnostic tool.


1. Click the “Start” button on your computer’s desktop to launch the Start Menu.

2. Click “Run” if you are using the Windows XP operating system. Windows Vista and 7 users can type into the text box available on the Start Menu.

3. Type “Dxdiag” in the text box, then press the “Enter” key. Your computer will now launch the DirectX diagnostic tool.

4. Allow the DirectX diagnostic tool time to detect your computer’s hardware settings. During this time, it will also detect your graphics card driver.

5. Open the “Display” tab on the DirectX diagnostic tool.

6. Review the graphics card driver information provided by the tool. This will display on the right side under the “Drivers” header. You will see information such as the driver’s version, the date it was released, the DirectX version that it uses and the driver model. You can use this information to determine if you have the latest driver for your graphics card or if you need to update your hardware settings.

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