Updating video card drivers

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 12:25PM CET
Description: Outdated video card drivers or an insufficient video card have caused Minecraft to crash.

Solution: You'll first need to determine what type of video card drivers you have. Do not use Windows Update to automatically detect the drivers that you need; the manufacturers are always more up to date. Please locate your operating system below and follow the accompanying steps:

  1. Press the “windows” key and “r” at the same time. 
  2. Type “dxdiag” into the run window and press enter.
  3. Go to the display tab in the dxdiag window.
  4. Look for the Manufacturer name.
  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Enter in “lspci -v | less”.
  3. Look for the line that says VGA Compatible or Video Controller. 
  4. Look for the Manufacturer and model name.
Mac OS X:
  • Most Apple computers come with built-in drivers and a graphics card that cannot be changed. Please make sure that your system is up to date.

Once you have the manufacturer's name, you can visit their website to detect or locate which drivers you need.

After you have downloaded and installed the drivers, you will need to restart your computer. If you still receive the error after this fix, then your computer probably does not meet the system requirements to play Minecraft.

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