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Posted 29 November 2006 - 12:51 AM
Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:46 AM
Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:01 AM
That's why I asked if there is an EASY way. Or if there is a utility that makes it simpler. Finding the "Manufacturer" site may be easy if you need a couple of drivers. But according to the "Driver Agent" scan, I need 12 drivers!!! Such as, IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller, Multi Media Audio controller, Via SATA Raid Controller etc. And just how do you find the manufacturer of the afore mentioned?
There use to be a couple of programs out there years ago, like Oil Can, and a couple of others, but they cost money on a anuall basis. I don't know if they still exist. I find the most reliable way is to go to the manufacturer's site and download from there. That way you know it's the latest.
Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:42 AM
Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:59 AM
Thank you for the info. You make a good point. I too do not like to fix something that isn't broke.
TBH, I wouldn't put much faith in the system that you scanned your comptuer with. While the drivers may be out of date, the updated drivers may have been updated to include things that don't deal with your system (like it could be ugraded to deal with new intel core 2 duo processors, but you run an AMD 64 so the update wouldn't affect you). See what I mean? I'm a firm believer in "if it ain't broke, then don't fix it". You can update what ever drivers you want, but some manufacturers will say just use what came with the hardware or not to update it because it's plug and play. I ordered a DVD/CD burner and it came without an installation CD (no drivers!). I called up LG (manufacterer) and asked why it didn't come with any drivers, and where could I get the latest drivers to download and install...they told me not to unless I had problems with it, that the drive was "plug and play" and that windows will automatically install it and it'll work fine.
If something's not working right, or it would work better if you updated the driver, then download them manually so that you know it's done right with the correct drivers. I wouldn't trust a program to update my video drivers in fear that something would go wrong upon installation that would cost me money to fix!
Just my humble opinion! Hope it helps!
Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:31 AM
Posted 30 November 2006 - 05:34 AM
Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:51 AM
Uh, yeah....like I said in my last post... "But I think something may be broke. A day ago I got a message after reboot. It said "System has recovered from a critical error". An error report was created and waitng for me to connect to the internet and send, which I did. After the report completed, a page opened with an explanation of what caused the error and suggested fixes. The explanation said it was a "Stop" error relating to a "Driver", but could not state specifically what caused it to happen. Or give a suggestion on how to fix it. I hope that makes sense to you. I think it did say to make sure all of my drivers are up to date. That's what started all of this."
Dito on Stevealmighty's point. You really only ever need to update drivers if something isn't working....
Posted 30 November 2006 - 10:28 AM
Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:28 AM
Thank you! Your yes and no answers are very helpful.
I'd say updating drivers is somewhat important.
Yes, updating drivers can solve Critical Stop Errors.
No, there isn't really any good automated way of doing it. You'll have to do it by hand.
If you give us the hardware details of your computer we can help you by pointing in the right direction.
Giving us the details of the Error message will also help. You can find them in under system in the event viewer (Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Computer Management)
Posted 04 December 2006 - 06:54 AM
Posted 04 December 2006 - 11:08 AM
I should make sure that I'm following your instructions correctly on this. Looking in the "Event Viewer" there is a list, Application, Security, System, and Internet Explorer.
I use Version Tracker to inform me of updates. But as others have said, I belong to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school.
First tho', we'll need more information about the errors to start and figure out what's causing this. Right click on the errors and select Properties - then look for the text that describes the error -that's what we'll need.
Also, if these are STOP or BSOD errors, search your hard drive for files that end in .dmp or .mdmp. If you find them, follow the instructions at this link ( http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35246 ) and copy/paste the results here for us to have a look at.
Edited by flyingbowtie, 04 December 2006 - 11:14 AM.
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