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Upgrade or Change Video Drivers
One simple technique that you can often use to improve the reliability of your system, improve its performance, and add features to the video subsystem as well, is simply to upgrade your video drivers. Most good companies update the drivers for their cards over time, and as new operating systems come out. Many hardware vendors use "stock" drivers, or whatever comes by default with the operating system, and some of these can be quite old. Others are generic and are not tuned to the specific card that is in your machine.
Upgrading video drivers is generally pretty easy: determine what sort of video card you have in your PC, go to the manufacturer's web site, and find an updated driver. Follow the directions on the web site to download the driver and replace the current one with it. If you have a "no name" video card, then find out the manufacturer and model of the video chipset and go to that web site. The three most common manufacturers of chipsets used on no-name boards are Cirrus, S3, and Trident.