So I happen to have an HP Pavilion laptop from 2010 which touts "Beats Audio" like every other PC they made back in those days (whatever that is, since it's not technically a driver. Why do they brand the speakers with a headphone name?) stereo speakers + an integrated HP subwoofer, and it shipped with Windows 7. Later I erased it and installed Windows 8.1. I noticed some very important driver packages HP provided do not install properly on 8.1. For example:
- ATI Radeon installer doesn't work at all, I had to get a newer one from AMD that worked.
- Synaptics touchpad driver works but I can't scroll in apps.
- This IDT audio, which appears to be giving so many people trouble based on google searches, it installs but only the subwoofer works. Ironically the bass is terrible with this driver. I tried for a couple weeks getting the stereo speakers to work, but I gave up and I just plug in external speakers instead. Not an elegant solution, I know.
- In fact, I was shocked that Windows 8.1 did not supply a working stock driver for any of the laptop's audio devices.
Well I'm not trying to ask for help on any of this, because I'm quite exhausted of fighting these drivers. So instead I'm trying to make a list of the drivers that stop working after a Windows 10 update (so that I don't accidentally buy them again). So far it only includes IDT & Conexant audio drivers and Beats Audio.
Maybe we can make a large list of these drivers which will be useful to people buying a new PC, so I'll start: In the future I want to buy a Lenovo ThinkPad P71 with Windows 10 on it. I saw a youtube review of it by Windows Central so I think all those drivers should be good after a Windows 10 update.