How to Know What Video Card You Have in a Dell Latitude

by Aaron Wein

A Dell Latitude laptop runs on the Windows operating system. It is important to know the level of graphical abilities your laptop possesses for a number of reasons, such as when you are purchasing high-powered video games or media-heavy software. Your integrated graphics card or graphical processing unit varies with your precise model of Latitude. Like all Windows computers, you can determine exactly what type of graphics hardware you have installed in your laptop.

Windows 7

1

Click Start. Type "System Information" into the "Search" menu and press "Enter." The "System Information" window appears.

2

Click the "+" button next to "Components." More options appear below.

3

Click "Display."

4

Read the name of your video card next to "Name."

Windows Vista

1

Click Start and then click "Control Panel."

2

Click "Appearance and Personalization."

3

Click "Personalization" and click "Display Settings."

4

Click "Advanced Settings."

5

Click "Adapter." The details of your integrated or dedicated graphics appears.

Tip

  • Laptops do not have video cards per se, because most are not upgradeable -- they are built and tied directly into the rest of laptop's internal hardware. Instead, laptops have integrated graphics chips or dedicated graphics cards. Integrated graphics are usually much less powerful than dedicated graphics cards.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems. Steps may vary after updates or with different operating systems.

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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