SOLVED! ‘‘The Driver Trying To Start Is Not The Same As The Driver For The POSTed Display Adapter’’

Quite a few factors influence the performance of display adapters of Windows computers and driver is one of them. If the display adapter driver works as expected, Windows users could make the most of the graphics capability of their devices. On the other hand, in the case that the display adapter driver acts up, graphics issues would emerge from time to time. Read to the end if the device status of your display adapter says: “The driver trying to start is not the same as the driver for the POSTed display adapter”.

The Usual Suspects


It’s well known that the corruption of drivers would result in a lot of problems. From power outages to malware, the driver of your display adapter could be corrupted by many things. Regardless, as long as its driver is corrupted, your display adapter cannot perform to its potential. On the bright side, you don’t have to do much to take care of corrupted drivers.


Generally speaking, in the course of operation, Windows computers collect all sorts of data. As the data builds up in RAM, the processing power of your PC would drop and on occasions, there may be glitches. Hence, regarding “The driver trying to start is not the same as the driver for the POSTed display adapter”, you should give hiccups some thoughts.


Is your version of display adapter driver supports the display adapter you want to use? As simple as it may sound, compatibility could be the cause of display adapter issues. If the driver is unable to support the display adapter, it’s only natural that the device won’t work.

Approaches To The Situation


If your display adapter and its driver act up out of the blue, you should consider restarting your device at once. By doing so, you could free up resources, wipe clean RAM, remove errors, etc. 

Run Hardware Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Click on Troubleshooting
  • Step 3: Go to Hardware and Sound then click on Hardware and Devices
  • Step 4: Hit Run as Administrator 
  • Step 5: Follow the on-screen instruction and restart the computer when the process wraps up

Update Display Adapter Driver

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X then choose Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Expand Display Adapter, right-click your display adapter and pick Update Driver. 
  • Step 3: Follow the onscreen the instructions and when the update completes, restart your device.


  • Step 1: Launch your web browser, visit the website of the manufacturer of your display adapter and download the latest driver. 
  • Step 2: Run the file as an administrator.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer and check to see whether the problem is solved.

Note: If your version of driver is the latest yet the display adapter still won’t work, revert to an earlier version using Roll Back Driver. 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X then choose Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Expand Display Adapter, right-click your display adapter and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Go to the Driver tab, select Roll Back Driver and choose Yes.
  • Step 4: After the process finishes, restart your device.

Update Windows 

  • Step 1: Navigate to Start > Settings > Update & recovery > Check for updates.
  • Step 2: If an update is available, allow Windows to download and install it.
  • Step 3: Restart your computer.

System Restore

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R, type control and  hit enter
  • Step 2: Navigate to System & Security then select System
  • Step 3: Go to System Protection, click System Restore and click Next.
  • Step 4: Choose your preferred restore point from the list then click on the next button to proceed. 
  • Step 5: Confirm the restore point, click Finish and hit yes on the next window

How Come My Display Adapter Driver Keeps Crashing?

The number one cause will be corruption. Still, for good measure, determine that your display adapter is in working order. 

What Are The Signs Of Damaged Display Adapters?

If you see artifacts on the screen, you may conclude that your display adapter is damaged. Other signs include stretched texture with odd colors, shapes dotting the screen and so on. 

Is It Possible To Repair Dead Graphic Cards?

Sadly, no. All the graphics cards nowadays are use-and-throw models. There is no way to bring damaged graphic cards back from death. The best thing to do would be to buy a new card.

How Do I Enable The PCI Express Slot For Graphics Cards?

  • Step 1: Press F2 or Del during startup to open the BIOS menu
  • Step 2: Choose Advanced
  • Step 3: Navigate to Video Configuration/ First Display Device/ Primary Display Adapter.
  • Step 4: Select PCI- Express Graphics then hit enter
  • Step 5:  Press F10 to save new settings
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