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Which drivers do I download for my motherboard

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#1 Bodmass


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:46 AM

I'm about to do a re-install of my windows xp home 32bit. I've found my motherboard support info, but frankly I dont understand what all these downloads are. Do I want all of them? Are any of them likely to do any damage if I just download and try to run the lot of them?


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 12:25 PM

First download the ones for your operation system, XP in this case. Put them on your desktop, unzipped (in case they are zipped). You get new-hardware-found messages when you start the PC after a clean install. Just let Windows search for the drivers and it will find what you downloaded and install those drivers it needs. After that you can look in the device-manager if there is hardware listed unknown or with a !. Drivers for these you can try to install using update driver (right click on the device).

A good tutorial on this subject you can find here.

A driver will not do any damage and if it causes a problem you can always uninstall it by right-clicking the device and choosing uninstall/rollback driver.

Edited by elise025, 11 April 2009 - 12:27 PM.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 01:11 PM

Assuming a broadband connection: Make sure to download the LAN driver so you can get online. Others are really optional and will update when you do your "Windows Update". After you get your updates squared away, see what drivers you still need. Chances are the drivers you will download from the mobo site are older than what you will get from updates.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 05:18 PM

FWIW: I've found the drivers updates (which are optional, not critical) available at Windows Update...to sometimes be unreliable (for whatever reason).

IMO, the best drivers to install after a clean install of XP...are probably the ones which we know already work...the ones that came on the drivers CD with the system/motherboard.

If those have problems...that's the time I visit the system/motherboard manufacturer for updated drivers.

My experiences with ATI products has me convinced that the newest, most current drivers...are not always the answer to component functionality.

As for determining what drivers need to be installed...I take a look in Device Manager first.

Device Manager Basics - http://www.cybertechhelp.com/tutorial/arti...-manager-basics

If I get multiple drivers available at a website...I read the detailed description provided for each driver download.


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 07:44 PM

Most of the time, the basic drivers are already included with Windows, such as the LAN ones. Once you're on the web, any other drivers will be downloaded through Windows Update. Occasionally, you may need to go and manually download the drivers yourself.



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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:47 AM


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