How to Check if a Video Card Works on a Computer

The question, although primitive, is often asked. In fact, to see which card is installed on your computer is quite simple.

How to Check if a Card Works on a Computer


The first and more professional way is to use the EVEREST program. In the tab “Menu“Select”Devices. Windows Devices“. Right click on the label “adapters“See picture:

At the bottom of the window, we can even observe the main parameters of our card:

Who still has XP

If you do not really want to install this program, you can use the standard Windows tools. To do this, click Start. Control Panel. System. Go to the tab “Equipment“And click on the button”device Manager“Then click on the shortcut”adapters“And observe the name of our card.

By the way, with the help of the EVEREST program you can find out information not only about the card, but practically about all the components of your computer.

If drivers are not installed on the card, you can find out its model and manufacturer by reading the article “How to find drivers by device instance code“

Update as of May 1, 2017.

I wrote this article back in 2010. Seven years have passed and during this time more than a million people read it. In this regard, I decided to give this publication a new life. As long as the information here is mainly for Windows XP, I add two more points for Windows 7 and for Windows 10.

Get to know your graphics card in Windows 7. Method 1. Through system information

We go “Start. All Programs”:

Find “Service” and click “System Information”

In the window that opens, open the “Components” item and select “Display”

We open all the parameters that relate to our adapter. This is both type and description. But the most important thing is that in this way we can find out the amount of memory of the graphics adapter in MB. The screenshot shows that I have a 512 MB card.

Method 2: Through the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

We press the WinR key combination so that the “Run” window pops up and in it we enter the dxdiag command and then click OK.

In the window that opens, go to the “Screen” tab, in which we can observe the name and manufacturer of your card:

Method 3. Via the device manager.

Using this method, we can calculate our card even if no drivers are installed on it.

Go to “Start. Control Panel.” Set “View: Small Icons” and select the “System” item:

Next, in the window that opens, in the upper left corner, select “Device Manager”:

We find “Adapters” and observe our card.

If you have an unidentified device in the adapters, then most likely the drivers are not installed on it. This can be fixed by recognizing the code for the instance of this device and using it to find the driver.

To do this, right-click in the device manager and right-click and select the “Properties” item from the drop-down menu:

Next, in the window that opens, go to the “Information” tab. In the “Property” section, select the “Equipment ID” parameter.

Copy the value. This is the instance code of our device. You can copy it and use some service to search for drivers by code.

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We hammer in the code in the field, find the driver and install. After installing the driver for you, the name of your card will naturally appear in the device manager.

We recognize the card if Windows 10 is installed

In principle, all of the above methods are also suitable for the Windows 10 operating system, only you need to know that in order to get to the control panel here you need to right-click on Start.

And in order to open system information you need to click “Start. All Applications. Windows Administration Tools”:

A method that is only available in Windows 10

Click “Start. Settings”

Next, in the next window, select “System”

In the “Screen” tab, click on the link “Advanced screen settings”

And in the next window, click “Graphics adapter properties”

Here we get information about our card:

That’s all dear friends. I tried to submit the information very accessible and compact, I hope you found the answer to your question.