How to Find Out Which Graphics Card You Have in Windows

by C. Taylor

    Your graphics card controls video and graphical processing on your computer, such as 3D rendering, gaming and high definition video. If your older graphics cards has problems in these areas, upgrading the card can bring your computer to life. Unfortunately, that's only an option for desktop computers; laptops typically have integrated graphics with no room for dedicated cards. However, you may still need information on your graphics card for simple comparison or to know the specific type to ensure you download the correct drivers before reinstalling Windows. Whatever the case, Windows 7 provides that information for you.

    Step 1

    Click "Start | Control Panel | Appearance and Personalization | Adjust Screen Resolution." Alternatively, right-click an empty area of your desktop and select "Screen Resolution." Yet another way is to click "Start," type "screen resolution" and click "Adjust Screen Resolution" from the search results.

    Step 2

    Click "Advanced Settings" from the Screen Resolution screen.

    Step 3

    Click the "Adapter" tab to see information on your graphics card, such as adapter type, chip type and memory. Integrated graphics cards will typically have the majority of the memory listed under "Shared System Memory," which means that memory is also available for general system use.

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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