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Monitor drivers - Windows default or monitor manufacturer supplied?


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Poll: Monitor drivers - Windows default or monitor manufacturer supplied? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you use the Windows default monitor driver, the monitor manufacturer's driver, or another driver?

  1. Windows default monitor driver (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  2. Monitor manufacturer's monitor driver (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

  3. Another monitor driver (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 usasma

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:22 AM

I wonder if it's time to start installing monitor specific drivers (instead of the default one's that Windows installs)

These drivers have been ignored by all but a few users as long as I've been working on computers.

 

I have to wonder if the advances in video card technology are making these drivers become necessary.

I've noticed increasing amounts of problems with video cards that can't be fixed by updating video card drivers, or be identified with current video card tests.

 

This is an informal poll that I'll post here and in the BSOD forum.

If you use monitor drivers other than the Windows default, could you please add a note about why you use them and your experiences with them.

Thanks!


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#2 mikey11

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:42 AM

i recently bought a phillips 28 inch flatscreen,

 

so far i have just been using it as is, without loading any of the supplied software, it seems fine,

 

i dont really see what it would help if i did load the supplied software?....maybe im missing something??



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:16 AM

No need to load extra stuff if you don't need it.  FWIW - I've used a 32" flatscreen TV as my monitor for years - and have never installed drivers for it.

Some people who use the monitor drivers like to do special things with their monitors.
At work we had a guy who liked to customize his 6 monitor setup - and that was only possible with the monitor drivers being installed.

 

I'm looking for reasons why video problems have recently become more difficult to solve.

That's why I started this poll.


Edited by usasma, 16 July 2017 - 09:17 AM.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:47 PM

Iiyama ProLite X2483HSU which I have had for about two years now. Just plugged it in. If I remember correctly the orignal connection was VGA, now uses DVI. No problems at all.

 

Could it be that those using multiple screens are having to use the monitor makers software ?  And it is the multiple screen set up that is causing the problems.

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:52 PM

The generic PnP Microsoft monitor drivers have worked well on our laptops, and a secondary attached ASUS monitor on one laptop.

 

No problems for several years now.



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 05:03 PM

Thanks for the input!


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:53 PM

Monitor driver only needed if Monitor has a feature Windows generic Monitor driver cannot enabled.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:24 PM

Understood.

My thoughts are that newer video cards and video drivers may be enabling features that interface with the monitor (and that Windows monitor driver doesn't) - and, as such, they may be contributing to the increase in "difficult to diagnose" video card problems.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:04 PM

My monitor has a AMD FreeSync feature which i had to turn off because it was causing videos to freeze it was hard to find out what was causing the problem. 


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