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Chapter 3. Graphics Annoyances > CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES

CONFIGURATION ANNOYANCES

IDENTIFYING UNKNOWN GRAPHICS CARDS

The Annoyance:

How can I find out which graphics card my PC currently uses before I drop cash on a new card?

The Fix:

Most folks suggest you try the Device Manager to identify your current display system, but I usually recommend the Windows DirectX diagnostic (dxdiag.exe) tool. Just select Start → Run, type dxdiag in the Run box, and click the OK button. Once dxdiag starts, click the Display tab (see Figure 3-1). This identifies the exact display device (e.g., Radeon 9800 Pro), measures the available video memory (e.g., 128MB), and tells you the current driver name, version, and date.


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