The Minecraft “Bad Video Card Drivers” Crash can be just as frustrating as the Minecraft Has Run Out of Memory crash which a lot of our site is centred around. We frequently receive questions from readers about how to fix this problem so we’ve decided to put together a quick guide on the steps you can take to avoid the Bad Video Card Drivers error message from reoccurring.
Minecraft “Bad Video Card Drivers Crash” on Windows
The first thing that you can do when trying to address this crash is to make sure that everything that is important to Minecraft is up to date (including the game itself). It is important here to make sure that you’ve have installed the latest Windows Update. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve got the latest version of Java installed on your computer. It isn’t uncommon for users to just ignore these updates when they appear in the bottom right of their screens, but installing these updates may very well help towards preventing the Bad Video Card Drivers error from reoccurring.
For good measure you’ll probably want to close anything in the background of your computer that is using your graphics card (such as playing a video, DVD or another game). You may as well give your computer a quick restart too while you’re at it to try the famous “turn it on and off again” fix!
If nothing so far has worked then we’re going to have to get into the real meat of this fix, which is updating your video card drivers.
First you’re going to want press the Windows Key + R simultaneously. This opens up the Run menu. In this you need to type in the “dxdiag” (without the quotation marks). After a couple of seconds this will open up a diagnostic menu with all of the stats about your PC. In this “Display” section of this menu you will want to look up the Manufacturer and Name of your video card.
The vast majority of users will have one of the below makes of video card:
- AMD/ATI – most famous for their “Radeon” video cards.
- NVidia – most famous for their “GeForce” video cards.
- Intel – tend to make video cards which feature in laptops or small computers such as the “Intel HD” video card. These cards are (generally speaking) not designed for gaming or high performance.
Once you have identified the video card which you have installed on your computer you are going to have to visit the company’s website where you can download a new, updated video card driver to fix your “Bad Video Card Drivers” error.
For users that have graphics cards made by other manufacturers simply Google “your manufacturer name video card drivers” and you should find the appropriate web page.
All of these websites automatically detect and update the video card driver that is applicable to your computer, so you don’t need to worry about anything else. Updating your video card driver works for the vast majority of users trying to fix the Bad Video Card Driver crash in Minecraft.
Minecraft “Bad Video Card Drivers” Crash on Mac
When trying to address the Bad Video Card Drivers Minecraft crash on Apple there is little in the way that you can do in regards to updating your video card drivers. The best thing to do for readers using Apple products is to make sure that all of your software and your operating system is fully up to date.
Minecraft “Bad Video Card Drivers” Crash on Linux
In the case of Linux users however updating your video card drivers is a very similar process to updating on Windows. To get the manufacturer of your video card you need to open up your terminal and type “lspci -v | less” (without the quotation marks). Under the section that says either VGA Compatible or Video Controller you will find the manufacturer and model name of your graphics card. Once you have this information you are then going to have to visit the appropriate site which is linked below.
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