As a rule, stationary computer monitors for the most part, even when first connected to a video card connector or a special slot on the motherboard, do not require driver installation and immediately start working in normal mode. However, many gamers or graphics users sometimes encounter situations where the control software for non-standard hardware needs to be not only installed, but also updated (for example, to access some additional features). Even worse, when the monitor is not detected by the operating system at all, and the most appropriate driver installed by it ends up being completely useless and inoperative. Read on to learn how to install drivers for your monitor. Below are several basic and alternative options for action that should not cause any user difficulties in applying.
Howinstall monitor drivers when buying a new device?
Every user who has ever bought computer equipment in specialized stores knows that along with the purchased device, a special disk with drivers and additional software, which may be necessary for the device to work correctly or will allow to ensure the fullest use of its hidden capabilities. How to install the driver on the monitor in this case?
It's enough just to run the installer directly from the driver media, where it will usually be presented as an executable EXE file (something like Setup.exe). If a special window starts during autorun, in which you can select the desired action, first select the driver installation item, and only then install additional software.
What should I do if the first method didn't work and the system doesn't detect the monitor?
But let's assume that the driver was not installed using the standard method. How to install drivers on the monitor in this situation? First, make sure the system recognizes it. To do this, in Windows 7, you can use the design and personalization section in the Control Panel, go to the monitor tab through the screen and permission sections and see what is indicated there. If the system detects the device as a standard PnP monitor, this will mean that the corresponding software is not installed, but instead the mostappropriate driver.
Press the properties and change the monitor type buttons, in the running "Wizard" turn on the display of the full list of devices.
Then for the equipment, set "Monitors", specify the manufacturer and brand of the device (if you know the model), then choose to install the driver from the disk and, through the browse function, set the path to the directory where the required installer (but not EXE) can supposedly be located -file, but an object with an INF extension). Then it remains only to press the confirmation buttons. At the end of the steps, return to the window where the standard monitor was shown and make sure that its name has changed, which will mean that the necessary control software has been successfully installed.
Note: you can perform similar actions directly in the "Device Manager".
Using official resources of manufacturers
You can assume that you don't have a disc, but you know the brand of the device (it can be indicated directly on the monitor panel or on the label on the back). For example, you need to install drivers for your LG monitor. There is nothing easier than going to the official website of the manufacturer, finding the driver download section there, downloading the installer for your model, and after downloading, install the driver yourself, as is the case with the disk. If the driver will be loaded in INF format, you can try installing it via the RMB menu on the file itself. If you receive a message that this type of installation is not supported, please upgradethrough the "Device Manager", specifying the location of the file through the browse function, or by setting it to automatically search for drivers on the local computer.
Installing monitor drivers using universal utilities and driver databases
Third-party automated programs look much more powerful. Firstly, they are very easy to use, and secondly, their databases are often much larger than those of Windows systems themselves. Yes, and such programs determine the equipment independently. Suppose you have a problem installing drivers on your Samsung monitor or any other device. You do not need to search for it yourself in the list of supported equipment. Use the DriverPack Solution base.
The program after launch will detect your monitor and install everything you need, even without access to the Internet. If the connection is active, the driver will be automatically updated to the latest version.
You can just as easily use applications like Drive Booster, which is originally designed to update drivers. Despite this, the program automatically recognizes all installed hardware, and then installs both updated and missing drivers, accessing the Internet resources of device manufacturers and developers of the corresponding software directly.
Self-detection of the device type and search for the correct driver
Finally, let's see what can be done if you don't have a monitor manufacturer or modelyou know. In the "Device Manager" via RMB on a monitor or device that was not recognized, call the properties item and go to the details tab.
Here, select the display of the hardware ID in the list, copy the longest line, which will display the values of the VEN and DEV identifiers, use it to search for a driver on the Internet, download to your computer, and then install using one of the methods suggested above.
Possible equipment malfunctions after installing or updating control software
But what if after installing the drivers the monitor goes blank or does not work as expected? There can be a lot of reasons for this phenomenon, but most often this can only be explained by the fact that the driver either does not exactly match your device, or there were failures during its installation, or the updated driver is not supported by your monitor at all.
In this situation, the easiest way is to use the "Device Manager", where you can try to rollback on the driver tab. If this does not help, but you know for sure that there were no problems with the monitor before the update, use the standard system restore tool and select the one from the list of rollback points that is earlier than the moment the failures occurred.