Monitoring can be a very complicated subject. There are many different types of monitors and each company uses its own system to name them. Frequently asked about drivers for monitors and whether they are needed or not, this article will discuss what drivers are, why and if they are needed, and how to install new ones if you find yourself with a broken monitor on your hands .
What are drivers?
Drivers are the software that runs on your computer to allow it to communicate with hardware and other peripherals. Drivers do nothing themselves, but provide an interface between what you see or hear and how you interact with the device in question. They can also improve performance by optimizing a device’s input/output and sometimes include security features. The drivers for monitors are usually installed automatically when you install Windows; however, occasionally conflicts can occur if more than one monitor is connected during boot. (Very rare!)
Do monitors need drivers?
They do, but they usually come pre-installed with windows and that’s all you really need. When purchasing a new monitor, in most cases you do not need to install any drivers. VERY rare cases you may need to install them if you are using 144Hz monitors, but most of the time if the 144Hz monitor is not running properly it is most likely due to either the monitor being faulty or your GPU drivers not being up to date .
In general, you don’t have to worry about it for your screen, just plug it in and it should work without installing anything.
If your screen needs them for some reason, they can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.
People often confuse monitor drivers with the: .inf files that can be found on the manufacturer’s website, they are not drivers, they are in fact profiles that you use to change your display settings to those included in the file. It’s just an easy way to properly set up your monitor for good colors, etc.
The main thing the .inf does is make sure that what you see on your screen matches how it looks on your monitor by adjusting things like resolution and color balance, as well as a bunch of other other features like sharpness, etc…
How do I check my monitor drivers?
It’s a good idea to check your monitor and GPU drivers if you notice any issues with the screen. The two easiest ways to check this are by opening Device Manager and searching for “Monitor” or by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Display Settings > Advanced Settings > Monitor tab.
If you’re not sure which driver to download from your computer manufacturer’s website, there are websites that can help you determine the type of graphics card in your PC based on its model number. A quick Google search will also often tell you which one to download based on the screen model.
We hope this was helpful, in general you shouldn’t worry about it, but if you’re having issues with your screen display, make sure Windows really installed your display drivers and GPU properly as they usually fix the problem. If you notice problems with sharpness or other display-related issues such as image quality or color quality, downloading a profile from the manufacturer’s website can be an efficient solution to the problem!