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Dell Inspiron 15 3537 - Updating Drivers


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#1 trueblueCj

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:58 AM

My system: Dell Inspiron 15 3537 | Windows 8.1 (pre-installed even though it was marketed as having Windows 8) | Intel i3 | 6GB RAM | Intel HD Graphics | Toshiba 500GB HDD w GTP | DVD+-RW | No touchscreen

 

I have a list of driver updates Dell recommends, but I'm uncertain if I actually need to update them and, if so, which ones and what order. I've generally gone by the rule of thumb if it isn't broken, but I don't want to miss out on anything that might actually improve my system's performance. Any guidance and explanation would be greatly appreciated.

 

I read on a digital video help forum that sometimes a driver with an older date/version may be better to use if provided by the manufacturer rather than a more generic driver provided by an OS, but I'm not sure how to tell if I'm using a generic driver or one more customized. Are these the drivers Dell provides or would I need to go to the actual manufacturer of each piece of hardware? I know this is sometimes the case with video cards.

 

Also, is the best method for updating drivers to do it through device manager/driver update or could that possibly grab a wrong driver? I'd rather dl the exe and do it myself if so.

 

My biggest concern is the graphics driver.

Current Version: Intel 10.18.10.3316 Date: 10/3/2013

Recommended Update: Intel 9.18.10.3320 A03 Date: 7/17/14

 

Another concern is the chipset and BIOS updates. I thought BIOS was replaced by UEFI with Windows 8. Will updating BIOS or the chipset cause my system to slow down because I noticed a slow down after doing so with my Inspiron 15 5537 which is almost exact in specs except it has a touchscreen.

 

Here are the drivers in question. Thanks for taking a look!

 

Dell QuickSet Application
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 10.15.18,A01
 
Dell Update
Release date 6/2/2014
| Last Updated 8/5/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 1.0.1059.0,A03
 
Dell Digital Delivery Application
Release date 11/22/2013
| Last Updated 3/21/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 2.7
 
Realtek ALC3223 High-Definition Audio Driver
Release date 11/18/2013
| Last Updated 11/20/2013
| Recommended
 
Version 6.0.1.6927,A03
 
Dell Inspiron 3537 System BIOS
Release date 6/24/2014
| Last Updated 6/24/2014
| Recommended
 
Version A08
 
Intel Chipset Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 9.4.0.1017,A01
 
Realtek RTS5179 Card Reader Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 6.2.9200.39039,A01
 
Intel Management Engine Interface Driver
Release date 2/12/2014
| Last Updated 4/9/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 9.5.23.1766,A02
 
Dell Touchpad Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 16.3.13.5,A01
 
Realtek RTL8106E Ethernet Controller Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 8.10.122.2013,A01
 
Dell Wireless 1704 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Driver
Release date 4/15/2014
| Last Updated 4/15/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 6.30.223.215,A02 | Other versions available
 
Dell Airplane Mode Switch Driver
Release date 11/19/2013
| Last Updated 8/4/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 1.4.0.0,A00
 
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 
Version 12.6.0.1033,A01
 
Intel HD Graphics 4400 Driver
Release date 7/17/2014
| Last Updated 7/17/2014
| Recommended
 

Version 9.18.10.3220,A03



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 04:30 AM

"Also, is the best method for updating drivers to do it through device manager/driver update or could that possibly grab a wrong driver?"

 

Yes thats absolutely the correct way to manually update a driver yourself. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/update-driver-hardware-isnt-working-properly#update-driver-hardware-isnt-working-properly=windows-7

 

Hope this helps.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 01:59 AM

thanks for your reply!






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