What is a GPU?

Your graphics processing unit (GPU) plays a big part when rendering and processing images with our software and plug-ins.  For that reason, it is important to keep the display drivers up to date.  Follow these instructions to ensure that you have the latest software updates for your computer's graphics card. This process will also usually upgrade your version of OpenGL for software like Topaz Impression.

 Note:

Windows Auto Detect will not always find the latest drivers for your graphics card.  You will need to visit the graphic card manufacturer's website to get the correct driver update.


How to Find Your GPU Model

To determine your current Graphics Card installed on your machine, follow the steps below:

 

Hold down the Windows Key   and press the letter R on your keyboard.

 

Type in DXDIAG in the Run window and press Enter on your keyboard.

 

Once the DXDIAG program loads, click the "Display" tab.

 

 

You should see a window that looks like this:


You will want to note the information listed under "Name" on the left panel of the box, under "Device".  In this example the information would be: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series. This information is the model of your video card.  The next step is finding the newest software for the model listed.


Driver Download Links


How to Update

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Download the .zip driver package. Do not download the .exe file, it will not work. Locate the downloaded file, right-click it, and extract the contents to a folder of your choosing. Take note of this location. You’ll need it in a later step.


 When you try to use the EXE file

 

Right-click on the Start Menu/Windows logo and select Device Manager, or open search and type "Device Manager:. In Device Manager, expand the Display Adapters category and then double-click on the entry that appears below it (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 5500, etc.).

 

Click the Driver Tab → Update Driver → Browse my computer for driver software. Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer, then select Have disk...

If you do not use the Have Disk option, this process will fail.

 Did not use Have Disk...

 

 

Select Browse and navigate to the folder where you extracted the downloaded driver in Step 1. Then, open the Graphics sub-folder, and highlight the .inf file you find there. and then click Open. Then, select OK, and Next. Upon completion of the installation, reboot even if not prompted to. On reboot, you’re done.

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