Updating computer graphics driver

Open GL drivers are used with the graphics card on your computer.

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Users of graphics-intensive software like the ANSYS family of products occasionally encounter problems caused by graphics or video drivers. In this entry we will summarize some of the symptoms of driver problems and will let you know how to find and install the latest drivers if needed.

Recently I found two issues with my software tools that ended up getting fixed by simply updating the graphics driver. While Maxwell had displayed on my machine with no trouble in the past, I found after installing the latest version that it would not load past the initial splash screen. Also possibly related, I noticed that certain plots in ANSYS Design Xplorer were showing up as big red X’s rather than the response surface plots I was expecting. There were just a couple of things that were not working.

One way is to use Windows Update, although keep reading to see why this is not recommended.

On Windows 7 this can be done by right clicking on the desktop and selecting Screen Resolution, then Advanced Settings, then Properties on the Adapter tab, then Driver tab, Update Driver. has pointed out to me, Windows Update is not always aware of the absolute latest drivers available. Therefore, the recommended method of checking on your graphics driver version is to go to the manufacturer’s website.

My graphics card happens to be an AMD Fire Pro V5900.

A web search on AMD Fire Pro easily gets me to the AMD website page for Fire Pro professional graphics cards. Using that link and knowing the model number of my card, I can easily find the latest driver version and download and install it if it’s newer than the version currently installed.Wait for the "Windows Update" icon to appear and then click on it to launch the application.Click the "Check for Updates" button on the left hand pane of the screen and wait for the application to scan for updates to your Open GL drivers.Certainly if you notice that your software is not displaying correctly or just hanging for no reason, one of the first and easiest things to check is whether or not you have the latest graphics driver installed.If you are using a laptop or a desktop system with an integrated video card (meaning that your video card is not a separate card that is installed in an AGP or PCI-E slot), you will need to visit the website for your system manufacturer in order to download the most recent video card driver.This can be accomplished by right-clicking on the compressed file and selecting "Extract All".

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