How To Lower a Video Card's Hardware Acceleration in XP

Graphics Card
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Most video cards are as powerful as many complete computer systems were not too long ago because they need to process huge amounts of information from advanced games and graphics programs.

Sometimes the processing power in the video hardware that helps accelerate graphics and improve performance can cause problems inside of Windows XP.

These problems can range from strange mouse issues, to problems inside of games and graphics programs, to error messages that can stop your operating system from running at all.

Follow these easy steps to lower the hardware acceleration supplied by your graphics card hardware.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Lowering the hardware acceleration on your video card usually takes less than 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Appearance and Themes link.
    1. Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, double-click on the Display icon and skip to Step 4.
  3. Under the or pick a Control Panel icon section, click on the Display link.
  4. In the Display Properties window, click on the Settings tab.
  5. When viewing the Settings tab, click on the Advanced button at the bottom of the window, directly above the Apply button.
  6. In the window that displays, click on the Troubleshoot tab.
  7. In the Hardware acceleration area, move the Hardware acceleration: slider to the left.
    1. I recommend moving the slider two positions to the left and then testing to see if this resolves your problem. If your problem persists, step through this guide again and lower the acceleration even more.
  8. Click the OK button.
  9. Click the OK button again on the Display Properties window.
    1. Note: You may be prompted to reboot your computer. If you are, go ahead and restart your PC.
  10. Test for the error or malfunction again to see if lowering the hardware acceleration on your video card resolved your issue.