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Any Freeware Around Like Versiontracker Pro?

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#1 NorCal_Mike


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Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:05 AM

Would like to easily list, check, and update all drivers on my system...which is what VersionTracker Pro supposedly does. Sometimes you can find as good or better Freeware, so thought I'd ask. I've been on a medical leave and funds are tight.

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#2 NorCal_Mike

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:32 AM

After doing some research I sprung for "Driver Detective," and am glad I did. The software works pretty slick, and it turned out that 14 drivers needed updating. God only knows how long it'd have taken me to figure out which drivers needed to be updated, let alone find the new ones and install them. That's all done with an Install Shield.

Everything's working like a charm...except for a minor glitch with two files for the Realtek Audio Driver update. Booting up I get "ALCMTR.EXE Failed to Initialize" and then "RTHDCPL.exe Failed to Initialize." Did a search, they both show up in about six places, and I'm not sure what the deal is.

How to tell which one is the offender??
Should I roll back to the previous driver, then do a reinstall? DD says it's "good" and Device Manager says it's working properly too. Would like to get it right.

Audio works with SonicStage, but not Media Player 11, but that was the case before driver updates. Detailed that problem on the A/V forum, and unless someone has an easier fix, will likely reinstall WMP11...and pray.

Suggestions anyone?

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:02 AM

Have you tried uninstalling the drivers in the device manager and reinstalling them?

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:39 PM

Where did you get the drivers from? I'm not familiar with Driver Detective, but my experience with both Version Tracker Pro and Driver Agent is that their advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

Also, with drivers I subscribe to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it school". I've had too many issues with new drivers to trust them unreservedly. So, I only update drivers when I suspect that they're causing an issue with my system.
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