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Integrated or shared graphics is the low cost way to get an image to your screen. If you have a recent 3rd generation Core Processor and are running Windows 7 or 8 read on.

First thing to do is to see if you have an upgradeable chip – simply run the Intel auto-detect utility and it will let you know if there are later drivers.

You can also manually identify if you have HD Graphics 4000/2500 or Intel 4 Series Express chipset (for notebooks) by right clicking on the desktop (not Metro tiles) and choosing Screen Resolution and Advanced.

If you qualify go here and download the 125.32MB file (do this off peak). The drivers support 32 and 64 bit.

Why bother?

The update will give you around 10% better graphics performance (in some applications , decrease power draw, give better 3D gaming performance, swat some minor bugs and adds support for OpenCL 1.2. There will be no consequence if you don’t install the latest driver.

Mac users with a Core Processor would update via the Apple Support site.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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