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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:09 AM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 12:31 PM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 02:32 PM
Personally, I don't agree with the guidance cited, for various reasons. Others may not share my perspectives .
1. If a driver is working properly and there are no functional problems in a system...IMO, there is no logical reason to update that driver, just because a new one has been issued. New drivers are typically issued to overcome known problems or to provide functionality that previous drivers may not have given. If your system is working without problems, I see no reason to take a chance of upsetting by replacing drivers/software which works.
I believe in uninstalling the current drivers...before attempting to install a replacement. In my limited experience, trying to install a good driver...on top of one which is damaged (often the reason that the driver becomes a problem)...is not good judgment. I believe that removing/uninstalling the damaged driver first...provides the best chance of a successful install of its replacement
<<But would this come through Via the Windows automatic updates.>>
I would further advise every user...to not use the Windows Updates site to update drivers.
Posted 25 November 2009 - 02:55 PM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:25 PM
The "update driver" tab doesn't necessarily remove the old driver before attempting to install the newer one (I think). It seems to be merely a "fetch/install" mechanism, when I prefer "take out the garbage, then install" .
Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:36 PM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:05 PM
I didn't know much when I first bought a computer...but I knew how to find my motherboard drivers CD and I knew how to download drivers from the motherboard manufacturer...so I never bothered with that .
Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:57 PM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 06:22 PM
These maybe needed :
For Drivers check System Maker as fallbacks and Device Maker's which are the most current.
Control Panel - Device Manager - Display Adapter - write down the make and complete model of your
video adapter - double click - Driver's tab - write down the version info. Now click UPdate Driver (this
may not do anything as MS is far behind certifying drivers) - then Right Click - Uninstall - REBOOT
this will refresh the driver stack
Posted 25 November 2009 - 07:19 PM
Posted 26 November 2009 - 09:29 AM
Well...why don't we start at the beginning...with whatever the problem originally was...now that it seems the suggestion to update drivers was made in response to someone's vision?
What happened and what prompted a suggestion by anyone to update drivers as a cure?
<<So when i reboot louis, it will install the driver again, is that what happens by the sounds of it.>>
Yes, if Windows has it on file. XP, at this point, probably has drivers for everything but systems made within the last year (just a guess). Those drivers that XP doesn't have on file...must be installed from CD or downloaded/installed from the hard drive.
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