Driver update scans

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by axial, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. axial

    axial Registered Member

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    Just came across a tool called DriverAgent which does a scan of system drivers.

    Are there other tools that offer similar scans? Any comments one way or another on their efficacy?
     
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    RadarSync 2009 is supposed to be good, but it needs you to first have microsoft .NET framework installed on your pc (comes automaticly installed with Vista). I did not test it as I don't have anough need for that dotnet thingie to go and install it on my xp system...

    Here are 2 reviews of it:
    http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/reviews/13804.aspx
    http://freewarewiki.com/ClifNotesNewsletter081102#RadarSync2009doyourdriversneedupdated

    NB: please take noted that, when installing the free version,
    "The end user should watch for the options of RadarSync toolbar, homepage redirection to Netvibes and a Weather Channel Desktop installation. Users can elect to install these features if they wish."
     
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    Thank you for the link to RadarSync, that also looks very promising.
     
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    I'd be very careful using these type of services.

    I tested RadarSync earlier, and it told me my Realtek device wasn't up to date when it is. Another update required was for Thunderbird, the email client. Just for the hell of it, I tested the download. The installation screens turned out to be in a language other than English.
     
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    That's a good warning, Tony, thank you. I too wouldn't have trusted the download links offered, but rather have gone out to verify and then collect the driver independently -- at least until the app had proven itself accurate several times over. I was thinking of the usefulness being more for creating an "easy reference checklist" of drivers and their current versions on a given system.

    <showing my age> ISTR there was a Norton-type tool that did this, years ago, but it finally disappeared, probably under the weight of maintaining such a large database of changing targets.
     
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    Chris Pirillo on RadarSync: 'Here's something every Windows user will appreciate. It's THAT simple- and yeah- it really works well ... I'm happy this exists'.

    # Search for drivers on the site of manufacturer ( nVidia etc.).

    # Look to Computer Management/Device Manager/System Devices/ (... click also on Display/Show hidden devices ) ; if you have yellow point on hidden devices. On my computer: Serial is it with yellow point; I don't touch ...
    ... and I'm still alive!:argh:

    still alive PROROOTECT
     
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