The First Things You Should Know About Monitors
Unless you're reading this page with your mobile phone, then you already have some idea what a computer monitor is: regardless of which type you are currently using, computer monitors are the windows through which we view our computers. Absolutely critical in order to do just about anything with your computer, making sure that your computer monitor is working correctly at all times is just as important as making sure your computer itself works.
Regardless of whether you're using a Sony, Samsung, HP, Dell, or any other brand of monitor, then you have a few things in common with every other monitor owner. First, it connects to your computer in one of a few ways. While the specific method isn't important, what is important is that this connection goes directly through your video card and, through there, to your motherboard. We'll explain the significance of this soon.
So What Are Monitor Drivers?
The driver for your monitor, just like the driver for any of the other devices on your computer, is a small piece of software that tells your computer how to interact with and use your monitor. In short, it serves as a set of instructions for your computer to use your monitor.
It tells your computer how to send a video signal from your motherboard to your video card, which then relays that signal onto your monitor. Your monitor driver also tells your computer how to adjust the image on your monitor, whether it is the horizontal/vertical alignment, resolution, or even the refresh rate.
Just like any of the other device drivers on your computer, problems can arise should your monitor driver stop working. While we'll get into the details briefly, we should make this very clear right now: you really don't want to have problems with your monitor driver.
What Happens When Monitor Drivers Fail or Become Outdated?
Just like the other devices on your computer, the failure of your monitor driver can mean a number of different things. Your monitor display can become more dim, it can flicker on and off, or it can even stop responding altogether. Driver failures involving your monitor can cause all sorts of weird image distortions, but those aren't all that they can do.
Because drivers operate at a critical level of your operating system, and their functionality is so tightly interwoven with that of the rest of your computer's functions, their failure can directly compromise the effectiveness of your computer system. While weird image and video errors are the most common problems, there's a strong possibility that monitor driver errors and problems can crash your operating system, or even send your computer into endless rebooting loops.
Some common error codes affiliated with monitor driver problems include:
- This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)
- The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources. (Code 3)
- This device cannot start. (Code 10)
Obviously, it's important to make sure that the drivers for your monitor, and for the rest of your computer, are working correctly. For this, we recommend Driver Genius to take care of all of your driver problems.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Samsung 171P Silver Monitor Windows 9X driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
How Can I Keep My Drivers Working Correctly?
It is more important to make sure that your monitor driver is working correctly than most of the other drivers on your computer. In order to understand why, we should first explain that in order for any device on your computer to function, it must have a working driver. If your printer driver is on the fritz and not working correctly, it just means that you can't print. But what if your monitor driver isn't working correctly?
It may mean that you can't see anything on your computer, making it a very difficult problem to fix.
In order to manually update your monitor driver, first, open your Device Manager, find your monitor, and then check the Drivers section. Make note of when that driver was last released, and then navigate your web browser to the manufacturer's web page. Find the driver for your device. If they have released a new driver, go ahead and download it, installing it, and then rebooting your computer. Repeat this process for each driver on your computer, and make sure you have about a whole day to dedicate to this process - about once each week - as there will probably be several dozen drivers on your computer.
Alternatively, you could download and install Driver Genius, which will handle all of these functions automatically for you - with almost no oversight on your part.
How Can I Avoid Having Driver Problems?
The best way to avoid driver problems is to keep them updated at all times - and in order to do that, the best and easiest way is to simply install and let Driver Genius run on a regular basis.
What About Third Party Drivers?
Considering that non-official, supposedly-faster device drivers are an infamous tactic of scammers, criminals, and other miscreants to get illegal and potentially damaging software onto your computer, you should avoid third-party device drivers at all times.
Another reason is because the original manufacturer will have a better understanding of the device, and the software that governs it, than just about anyone else will. It just makes sense to stick with their drivers, doesn't it?
Driver Genius installs only officially-licensed drivers, so you'll never need to worry.
Why Should I Use Driver Genius?
Driver Genius is award-winning software: Whether you're a professional IT consultant or a grandmother that only uses her computer to check email, Driver Genius is intuitive, easy to use, and highly effective. That's why Driver Genius consistently receives awards and merits from groups throughout the industry, and why it remains a favorite piece of software of IT professionals worldwide.
Driver Genius will save you from future driver trouble: By downloading, updating, and repairing all of your device drivers ahead of time automatically, Driver Genius will make sure that your device drivers, including the drivers that make sure that your Internet connection stays live, never fail. While it cannot guarantee that you won't have any computer problems, it can guarantee that none of them will be a result of a bad driver.
Driver Genius is fast and easy: quicker than the competition, and worlds faster than even the most talented tech-head, Driver Genius is the best software on the market for making sure that your computer stays running at top speed at all times.