Manually Updating your System Drivers?

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  1. Birdman

    Birdman Registered Member

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    I'm trying to see if I need any Realtek AC'97 Driver updates but unsure which is the correct, latest version to download for my system?

    How do I check what Audio CHIPSET I have? Will this be under "Device Manager"?

    Also what other DRIVERS should I check to see if any available updates are available? I usually let "Windows Update" handle ALL of my Driver updates, but I was told that the latest updates are available from the Manufacturer websites.

    a) What system Drivers should I check on a regular basis to see if an update is available?

    b) Is there a good site that has the latest driver updates for download?

    I've NEVER done manual driver updates before so I would appreciate any help/info. Thanks.
     
  2. Texcritter

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    This site scans your computer and gives you all the available driver updates for your computer, unfortunately you have to pay if you want to update,

    http://www.driveragent.com/?PHPSESSID=064cfb26f0d9928b015b964560fd66ed
     
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    run dxdiag and read the sound tab?
     
  5. Birdman

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    Pardon my ignorance, but what is dxdiag?
     
  6. starfish_001

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    from start menu - choose run and then type dxdiag

    the microsoft daignostic for dx will appear
     
  7. wilbertnl

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    That is correct, it's part of DirectX.
     
  8. WSFuser

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    check this page and download teh setup file. if u cant tell which one i mean, this is the description:

    Windows 98Gold/98se/Me/2000/XP/2003(32/64 bits) for Driver only. For Windows 98 SE, DirectX(R)8 is required to enable advanced features. (Excution file)
    id try pcwizard as nightrhyme suggested.
    thats true
    display drivers (video card) , audio chipset, and network card (ethernet or wireless)

    unless you're having problem, u may not need to update your drivers. i reinstall Windows fairly often, so each time I obtain the latest drivers.
    check teh manufacturer's site.

    i dont visit third-party sites (for drivers) except for guru3d.com. but i only go to check the latest BETA video drivers from NVIDIA.

    they also have drivers for other graphics chipsets, as well as motherboard chipset drivers.
     
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