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Video BIOS FAQ

Contents
What is a video BIOS?
Do I need to update to a new version of the VBIOS?
How do I install or update the video BIOS?
How do I view my video BIOS version?

What is a video BIOS?
A video BIOS or VBIOS is the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) of a graphics card or the integrated graphics controller in a computer.

The VBIOS provides a set of video-related functions that are used by programs to access the video hardware. An example of the video hardware is the integrated graphics controller within an Intel® Chipset.

When the computer is started, it usually displays the graphics card vendor, model, BIOS version and the amount of graphics memory.

Do I need to update to a new version of the video BIOS?
You do not need to update your VBIOS if you are not experiencing a graphics-related problem with your computer.

The following are some reasons why you may want to update your VBIOS:

  • To resolve a graphics-related problem (for example, visual corruption when playing a new game, an error reported by the Windows* operating system that is related to the video BIOS, etc.)
  • Recommendation from your computer manufacturer
  • Recommendation from an Intel customer support agent

How do I install or update the Video BIOS?
An Intel VBIOS update requires a system BIOS update. To update your VBIOS, you need to update your system with a new system BIOS that includes a new version of the VBIOS. Contact your computer manufacturer to check whether a system BIOS with a newer VBIOS is available for your computer and for instructions on how to update your system BIOS.

How do I view my video BIOS version?
You can view the video BIOS version by checking the Intel graphics driver report. Follow the steps below to get to the report.

For Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel:

  1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + F12 keys or right click on the Windows desktop and click Graphics Properties to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Select Options
  3. Select the drop-down option for Information Center
  4. Note the Video BIOS version number listed


Figure 1: The Video BIOS (lower right) as shown in the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

For Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel:

  1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + F12 keys or right click on the Windows desktop and click Graphics Properties to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Select Options and Support
  3. Select Information Center
  4. Note the Video BIOS version number listed under Accelerator Information


Figure 2:
The Video BIOS as shown in the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

For Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver:

  1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + F12 keys or right click on the Windows desktop and click Graphics Properties to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Select either the Information button in the bottom left, or the ( i ) button in the top right
  3. Take note of the Video BIOS version number listed in the text report


Figure 3: The Video BIOS as shown in the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

Related topic
How To Open The Intel Graphics Properties Window

This applies to:

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 3000/2000
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 2500
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Intel® 82810 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82815 Graphics Controller
Intel® 82845G Graphics Controller
Intel® 82852/82855 Graphics Controller Family
Intel® 82865G Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82945G Express Chipset
Intel® 82946GZ Graphics Controller
Intel® 82G965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q963 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® 82Q965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® B43 Express Chipset
Intel® Celeron® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® G31 Express Chipset
Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Intel® G35 Express Chipset
Intel® G41 Express Chipset
Intel® G43 Express Chipset
Intel® G45 Express Chipset
Intel® Pentium® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Q33 Express Chipset
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q43 Express Chipset
Intel® Q45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 965 Express Chipset Family

Solution ID: CS-029985
Last Modified: 27-Oct-2014
Date Created: 22-Dec-2008