How to fix Minecraft error Bad Video Card drivers Windows 78vistaxp

This is the complete guide to fixing the “Bad Video Card Drivers” error. One of these steps WILL work for you.

1: Restart your computer. There is a very small chance this may fix it. If that won’t work, try:

2: Update your video card drivers, if you haven’t already. This is what works for most people. To find your driver on Windows, you must first know your video card. You can find that out by clicking on the Start Menu, then Run. Enter in DXDIAG and navigate to the Display tab.

NVIDIA drivers can be found here: NVIDIA


Intel: Intel

ATI card drivers can be found on AMDs website.

If that won’t work, try:

3: Run Minecraft with low memory. I won’t get into the details of why this works, but here’s what you do:

Open the launcher. Click “Edit Profile” on the bottom left, check the box saying “JVM Arguments”, and type in next to it, “-Xmx1024M -Xms1024M”. NO QUOTES! Finally, click “Save Profile”, and hit Play. Voila! You get a crappy, 3fps Minecraft.

4: Now, the last step would have got Minecraft working. But is 3fps REALLY better than no gameplay at all? No. It’s worse. So, here is the final step. And please, no *facepalm* comments.

Also, this does not work with legacy ATI cards (ATI Rage Pro and earlier).

Install Linux.

You may be wondering why this works. You don’t need to know. However, here it is anyways, if you really want to read why.

The reason computers get the “Bad Video Card Drivers” error is they have an old version of OpenGL. Unfortunately, most old or crappy video cards do not have OpenGL 2.1, the minimum version required to run Minecraft or pretty much any other 3D game decently. Linux has its own drivers that interface with the card that give it an entire software implementation of OpenGL 3.3. That’s more than enough to run Minecraft well.

This will let you run Minecraft decently.

If you don’t want to lose all your data by switching to a new operating system or are afraid of learning computing all over again, you can always run a dual-boot. Search it up. Also, Linux is much easier to use than windows.

Here are my specs:

Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.7GZ single-core processor, Intel 910/915GM Express Chipset (or something like that, its a really crappy integrated card), and 2gb DDR2 ram. Optifine. Lowest video settings. Even with Optifine, this is one of the worst gaming computers ever.

Windows speed: 0fps (It’s more like 0.5fps but Minecraft’s F3 menu doesn’t do decimals)

Linux speed: 16fps (Still bad, but it’s quite playable. Gets to 21fps in multiplayer.)

That is a crazy improvement. And, unless you have a 1990 ATI card, it works fine.

Updating video card drivers

If you’re experiencing technical- or performance issues with Minecraft, please try updating your video card (graphics card) drivers.

Description: Outdated video card drivers have been known to cause issues such as Minecraft not starting, crashing, or not performing well.

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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