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#1 JXBlack

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:38 PM

I would like to find some software that will look at my drivers and suggest and/or find current versions. Also interest to know if there are any good web sites that will do the same thing.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:54 PM

Hello JXBlack,

The majority of sites pertaining to updating drivers are usually subscription based. However, http://www.innovative-sol.com/drivermax/ is a useful program It does not provide the actual drivers, but finds to ones out of date. Then a browse on the manufacturers website will usually find the driver.

For some software and windows updates I would advise http://secunia.com/ as Microsoft put updates to hardware on Microsoft update website.
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Alan.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:11 PM

Thank you very much for your reply.

I have installed DriverMax and it shows 10 drivers that it says re :Not digitally signed"
What does this mean?

All are the others are described as either " digitally signed" or "default windows driver"

I have a lot of Microsoft 5.1.2600.x dated 1 July 2001. Do these need to be udated?

Thanks again

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:15 AM

If a driver is not digitally signed, it is just a driver that Microsoft has not checked out. A driver is software that helps communication with hardware. For example printing a document. the computer can't communicate with the printer unless there is a driver that can act as a translator.

An updated driver will in most cases provide better performance, more stability, enhanced security and so on. It is always good practice to update your drivers. The hard part is finding them.
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