Summary: This post will guide you with potential solutions for the various video card driver/graphics card/GPU errors, display screen issues, video playing issues, and sluggish computer performance while playing/processing HD videos, etc. If your graphic card is fine still video not playing, then your video might be corrupt. Use Stellar Repair for Video to repair various issues related to visual and audio corruption in damaged videos.
A video card (also called a graphics card, GPU, video driver, display card, or graphics adapter) is an important part of your computer. Any problem with the video card can affect your PC/laptop performance, spoil your gaming experience, hamper the movie time experience, or slowdown 3-D graphics-intensive tasks.
We will cover the problem in the context of both systems integrated video cards (attached to motherboard) and dedicated graphics cards like NVidia GeForce, ATI Radeon, and others.
Distorted visuals typically indicate a damaged or corrupt video card. The following are a few visual indicators and causes of graphics card problems:
A graphics card is not always the cause of video problems; sometimes, the problems are caused due to other hardware-related aspects, as follows:
Visual issues can be caused due to a loose connection between the computer and the graphics card. Ensure that the video cable is fine and plugged in properly. Replace the faulty cable.
The problem might be due to a faulty PCI card slot. Insert your external graphics card in a different slot and see if this resolves the problem.
Video display problems could be a monitor-related issue instead of the graphics card. Replacing the monitor may fix the problem.
If you are using a dedicated NVidia GeForce or AMD card, replace it with another card of similar specifications. If the display problem gets fixed, your old graphics card needs repair or replacement.
Is the computer crashing only while playing games? It may be due to the sound hardware. To check this possibility, disable the sound hardware temporarily via Device Manager on your PC. If your computer doesn’t crash now, it’s a sound system issue. Download sound card drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
Go to Device Manager> Display adapters. Right-click on your graphic card and click Properties. See what the Device Status If it shows a video card errors like Code 43 or Code 12, it indicates a video card problem. Follow the given troubleshooting methods to fix the video card error.
If your videos are not playing and the Device Status of your graphic card reads – ‘The device is working properly,’ the video might be corrupt. In this case, you would need video repair software such as Stellar Repair for Video, which can repair visual and sound corruption in damaged videos. The software fixes video glitches, stuttering, missing sound, video lag and various other problems.
Try the free version of the software:
After the physical checks and fix, if the computer display problem continues, move to the below troubleshooting methods:
Video card drivers update fixes bugs and add new features. It helps to play high-definition videos and games, seamlessly. The video stuttering and display problems get resolved after updating your NVidia/Intel HD/AMD card drivers.
Automatically update PC drivers:
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates
Visit the below link for steps to update Windows drivers:
To repair graphics card ‘no display’ problem, disable/enable card driver. You can use this method to fix integrated video cards as well as dedicated (external) graphics cards.
To disable video card drives follow the below steps:
Now, enable the graphics card again by visiting the Device Manager on your PC or laptop and following these steps:
Uninstall the graphic drivers and then reboot your PC. Windows will automatically install the drivers after Windows Update.
To uninstall the driver follow the below steps:
Uninstalling display drivers and then reinstalling fixes most of the video card problems. It also fixes the improper display driver installation problem.
Note: NVidia and AMD provide specific tools to uninstall and reinstall graphic drivers. However, these should be only used when the Windows normal uninstall/ reinstall process fails.
Does your CPU turn hot after some time? Or your videos and games stop playing properly after few minutes? It may be because of overheating of the motherboard or video card.
A computer generates heat while it is switched on. If this heat is not dissipated properly, it may damage the motherboard and graphics cards due to overheating. Overheating can cause video card crashes, stuttering, or corrupt video display.
To fix the graphics card, you need to open the machine and check the desk fan. It is recommended to seek the help of a PC/laptop technician who may clean the dust inside the fans, install a case fan or component-specific fans to cool down the machine.
If the motherboard or the dedicated graphic card is damaged due to overheating, you would need to replace them.
Buying a new video card is the only option when the existing card is damaged due to overheating or overclocking or has become outdated. If you are using an integrated video card, replace the whole motherboard.
Before buying, consider the specific use of graphics cards. Gamers or video editing professionals would need a more powerful GPU to process intense graphics.
Graphics card problems can be related to hardware or software. The blog highlighted a few quick symptoms that identify corruption or damage in your graphics card.
It recommended physical checks before moving on to the troubleshooting methods. Your graphics card may not always be the cause of poor video quality or performance. It may be due to a faulty cable or display monitor, or the video itself may have become corrupt and needs repair software.
The troubleshooting methods addressed both hardware and software aspects of video card problems. Hardware issues can be fixed after the physical examination of the graphics card and maintaining optimal temperature. The video card software issues are resolved by updating or reinstalling the drivers or by disabling/enabling the graphics cards.
If none of these methods works, your graphics card is probably damaged and needs replacement.
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