A VGA (Video Graphics Array) driver is a type of software program used for a Personal Computer (PC) or cellphone, which is compatible for Microsoft windows operating system (OS). VGA drivers are designed to allow a hardware device of peripheral device to communicate with the computer’s OS properly. These drivers can display up to 256 different colors on their supported machines, and generally provide graphics with a standard resolution of 640 pixels horizontally and 480 pixels vertically. Being compared to most modern standards, it has been considered as a low level resolution which is often used for PCs that do not require high resolution or cellphone with smaller screen. It is used to display certain system information during the boot process, when the computer is first turned on as well.
As a matter of fact, the VGA (Video Graphics Array) is a graphical standard that was first created by IBM, which has been adopted by a majority of computer original equipment manufacturers as a common device. The main purpose of VGA is to transfer data between the computer’s operating system and peripherals such as video cards, monitors and high definition television. Up to now, the VGA (Video Graphics Array) drivers are compatible with Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) offering a color palette of 64 colors, and Color Graphics Adapter (CGA) offering a color palette of 16 colors. More recently, there various types of VGA drivers in use on the marketer, for the purpose of meeting with the requirements of different version PCs using Windows operating system.
Common Errors with VGA Drivers
In some cases, the monitor may appear in a monochromatic color scheme during the initial boot process. It might be the problem of connection between the monitor and video card. To fix this kind of issue, you may simply reconnect the video card to monitor. However, you may encounter other errors caused by driver problems while using VGA devices. Most commonly, VGA driver errors may commonly happen due to the following causes.
- Missing, corrupted or outdated driver files.
- Incompatible VGA driver installed on the computer.
- Poorly designed drivers that may trigger a variety of abnormal symptoms such as slow performance of Windows.
- Conflicts between two or more drivers caused by faulty resources.
- Problem in the Windows registry.
How to Fix VGA Driver Problems (Solutions to help)
To troubleshoot common VGA driver problems, it is recommended to reinstall or update the driver on your computer. Before carrying out the approach, you need to verify that they are driver-related issues indeed.
1. Reinstall VGA driver.
Before reinstalling VGA driver, you need to download the right driver from its original equipment manufacturer’s website on your computer. And then you can follow the following instruction to reinstall VGA driver properly.
a. Go to Start > Control Panel.
b. Select “System” and then “Hardware”.
c. Click on “Device Manager” tab.
d. Under “Display Adapter”, right-click on the VGA driver you are using to uninstall it.
Now you can open the VGA driver package stored on the computer, and follow the on-screen instruction to install VGA driver on your machine.
2. Update VGA driver.
To update VGA driver, you can make use of the Windows Update Tool utility. If you cannot reinstall or update the driver on your own, you may consult the complete instruction here, written by David Erik, one Microsoft IT expert.