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Zatara214
10-01-2008, 05:08 PM
Anyone know of a LEGITIMATE program that will check your drivers for updates? I'm scared to ust try a bunch out myself, considering how many of them are adware/spyware. Obviously a free one would be better lol.

Avid Gamer
10-02-2008, 01:02 PM
Anyone know of a LEGITIMATE program that will check your drivers for updates? I'm scared to ust try a bunch out myself, considering how many of them are adware/spyware. Obviously a free one would be better lol.

GameShadow is a free scanner that will tell you if there are driver updates for GPU and DirectX, but it doesn't check for other drivers. (If you have games installed it will check for updates for them as well). http://www.gameshadow.com/

DriverAgent will scan your system for free, but you'll have to go find the updates by yourself (unless you want to pay a fee to be able to use the download option in their program). http://www.driveragent.com/?PHPSESSID=krpr9mco56uqtrrvbhcdas6io7

If its a notebook your using good sites to check for driver updates include:

LaptopVideo2Go (which provides updates for Nvidia GPUs) http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/

Realtek (which provides the sound drivers for many notebooks) http://www.realtek.com/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

followed by the website of your system manufacturer:

Asus: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

Sager: http://www.sagernotebook.com/information.php?information_id=7

Many notebooks also tend to have Synaptics and and Intel components as well, so their websites are good places to check for updates.

Synaptics:
http://www.synaptics.com/support/drive.cfm

Intel:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx?iid=gg_work+home_dowloads

Zatara214
10-02-2008, 01:05 PM
Ah thanks, that Driver Agent site is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!

Woody
10-03-2008, 11:38 AM
Use caution. You don't want to just start updating drivers for no reason or you will almost certainly cause problems.

Use only the drivers that are released by the notebook manufacturer because they are different than the reference drivers from the component manufacturer. The only time you should change drivers is if you're having specific problems.

The only exception to this rule would be your graphics card drivers if you're a gamer. Notebook makers are notorious for not releasing updated video drivers and as your notebook ages it won't play newer games. Because of the nature of NVidia drivers you need to use modified inf files to make unsupported drivers work.

Zatara214
10-03-2008, 11:49 AM
Use caution. You don't want to just start updating drivers for no reason or you will almost certainly cause problems.

Use only the drivers that are released by the notebook manufacturer because they are different than the reference drivers from the component manufacturer. The only time you should change drivers is if you're having specific problems.

The only exception to this rule would be your graphics card drivers if you're a gamer. Notebook makers are notorious for not releasing updated video drivers and as your notebook ages it won't play newer games. Because of the nature of NVidia drivers you need to use modified inf files to make unsupported drivers work.

Right right I know that, I was just checking it to see if they had any updated drivers for my X-Fi Xtreme Notebook Audio card. I've been having a lot of issues with it (see the tech support thread lol), and so I was hoping they'd have an updated driver, but to no avail.

Woody
10-04-2008, 08:36 PM
You know, Creative does a terrible job with their drivers, especially with Vista. This is one of the reasons I stuck with XP because I know the Creative drivers work much better in XP. On my desktop computer I have dual installs with a X-Fi gaming card and there's a huge difference between XP and Vista running on the same computer.

I solved this problem with my older Audigy 2ZS notebook card in my Sager 5720 by using the modifed "Daniel K" drivers in Vista and it was amazing how much better the card worked. It's possible those drivers may work with the new X-Fi notebook if you can get them to install because, despite the name, it's not really an X-Fi chip in there and is much closer to the Audigy2 ZS than it is to the X-Fi.

I think it's worth giving it a shot if you really want to stick with Vista.

Zatara214
10-07-2008, 08:00 AM
Interesting, I've never heard of those. I'll try them out when I get home and see if they work with the notebook card, thanks :)