Was it good to work on a computer without a video card? Yes and no. On the one hand, there was no need to worry about the drivers and features of a particular adapter model, and on the other hand, the graphics capabilities of such computers were either minimal, or they had to be reached using complex programs in assembly language. In principle, the VESA mode is supported by the BIOS itself (basic input-output system), but access to its functions is not directly available to the user.
The video card and Windows OS remove all restrictions – now we are dealing with the most sophisticated visual interfaces. Three-dimensional games and full-color graphics are available to us. Like any other device, the video card periodically creates problems for the user. To effectively deal with them, you need to understand how to check the video card in Windows 7 on a computer. This is what we will do in the course of our presentation.
Windows offers several ways to get to the parameters of the video card installed in the system. Checking them is sometimes necessary to troubleshoot problems on the computer. That is, for this we do not have to open the system unit and read the inscriptions on the device itself.
Options in standard windows
There are two ways to check the video card using standard Windows. The first is to access the properties of the screen, and the second is in the device manager.
Let’s consider them in more detail.
In order to read the screen parameters you need:
- Right-click on an empty spot on the screen.
- In the context menu that opens, select the “Screen resolution” item.
- In the window that appears, click on the “Additional parameters” link.
- Information about the video card will be available on the “Adapter” tab.
Checking your graphics card in Windows Device Manager is just as easy. In the “Start” menu, right-click on “Computer” . Click on the “Properties” option . In the window that appears, click on the “Device Manager” link . The manager window contains information about all the hardware on the computer. It also contains information about the video card. Sometimes there are two or more video adapters in the system (for example, a card on the board and an external one) – this will also be reflected in the manager window.
You can check the video card in Windows by contacting DirectX. DirectX is the complex graphics support subsystem in Windows. If you type the dxdiag command to the command line , the DirectX diagnostic utility window will open. This window also contains detailed information about the type and properties of the video adapter. You can read it if you move to the “Display” tab.
In addition to the built-in Windows tools, specific programs such as “AIDA64” or “Speccy” can also display adapter characteristics . These utilities provide much more information than Windows itself and have an advanced, feature-rich interface. To make it clearer what we are talking about, we present a screenshot of the main window of the “Speccy” program