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How Reliable Is Driveragent For Vista 64?

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#1 Giedrius M

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:16 AM

I have scanned my system with driveragent, and it said that some drivers are missing (Intel, Dell's bluetooth, etc) After downloading them from manufacturer, additional scans still show that there are newer versions.
Could someone take a look ? My PC is DELL Latitude D820, Windows Vista Ultimate , Intel Core 2, T7200, 2Gb ram, 64 bit operating system.

Leaving only problem devices.

Intel® 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller - 27C4
Conexant HDA D110 MDC V.92 Modem

Network adapters
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller
Sound, video and game controllers
High Definition Audio Device
System Devices
Intel® 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller - 27DA
Intel® 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D6
Intel® 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D4
Intel® 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D2
Intel® 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Root Port - 27D0
Intel® 82801GBM (ICH7-M/U) LPC Interface Controller - 27B9
Mobile Intel® 945GM/GU/PM/GMS/940GML/943GML and Intel® 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port - 27A1
Mobile Intel® 945GM/GU/PM/GMS/940GML/943GML and Intel® 945GT Express Processor to DRAM Controller - 27A0

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:12 PM

First, the Driver Agent scan is only a suggestion based on what's in their database. I suggest using the scan with a grain of salt - and checking with the device manufacturer for the latest available version. Rely on that rather than a 3rd party interpretation of what you need.

Secondly, 64 bit drivers are a bit scarce - so are these beta drivers or full release version drivers?

Finally, with a proprietary system like a Dell, it's difficult to tell what's current and what isn't. Dell releases drivers for it's hardware, and they may be direct from the manufacturer - or they may have changes that are necessary for the Dell hardware. So it's somewhat of a crapshoot as to what's "current". Generally I advise that you get your drivers from the actual manufacturer of the hardware concerned - but with motherboards this distinction is hard to make (should you get the Dell chipset drivers or the Intel - and if you go with the Intel, is certain essential Dell stuff left out?).
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