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- Detecting hardware and drivers
July 29, 2008, 7:19 pm
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Re: Detecting hardware and drivers
It's called "Windows Device Manager"
Windows Update will suggest among what they have, but no 3rd
party software can be reliable doing this because they would
have to have constant awareness of all drivers released for
everything, the new drives, and would have to know what
would make a different version better instead of just
blindly suggesting that the driver should be updated when
the present driver may work fine.
Basically, when first installing a system use the newest
driver available from the respective chipset manufacturers.
Then leave them alone unless you have a specific problem or
need to change them.
To determine the chipset manufacturers isn't very hard
usually, you just list the items and for the motherboard you
can look at what the board manufacturer lists as a guide to
the number and types of drivers to get elsewhere for
northbridge, audio, network, then the type of video GPU you
have, etc. Some people would just use the drivers
originally coming with the system and that's acceptible too
providing they work ok.
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