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Hermie

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Auto updating of drivers
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:25:44 PM »
Hi everyone.

Are you aware of a software program / online service which support free check of all drivers in use of pc?
Is auto updating supported, if so that would be great!

Thanks in advance for replying.

Best regards, Hermie

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 08:51:24 PM »
Hi everyone.

Are you aware of a software program / online service which support free check of all drivers in use of pc?
Is auto updating supported, if so that would be great!

Thanks in advance for replying.

Best regards, Hermie

I would trust Microsoft when it comes to updating drivers.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/driver.aspx?q=driver

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 08:54:36 PM »
if you ask google the same question..... you get lots of answers.   8)


http://devicedoctor.com/
http://www.drivercure.com/
http://www.drivermax.com/
http://www.drivereasy.com/


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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013, 09:30:50 PM »
NEVER trust a 3rd party software to update your drivers. Not trust Windows Updates. If you have an AMD video card go to the AMD website and check your driver version. If you have a Dell computer go to Dell.com and check for updates. Drivers only need to be updated when one is experiencing issues.

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 10:01:05 PM »
NEVER trust a 3rd party software to update your drivers. Not trust Windows Updates. If you have an AMD video card go to the AMD website and check your driver version. If you have a Dell computer go to Dell.com and check for updates. Drivers only need to be updated when one is experiencing issues.

/\_  What he said,  you can also use intels website to update intel drivers.

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 10:03:15 PM »
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Are you aware of a software program / online service which support free check of all drivers in use of pc?
Is auto updating supported, if so that would be great!
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Personally I only ever update a driver if there is a problem with it, it also depends on what that drivers is ?

For me there is no one size fits all solution to this type of thing, updating/changing drivers can seriously impact on your system so there should be a good reason to start updating drivers. Before updating drivers I would suggest you first have a robust backup and recovery strategy (should it go wrong) in the form of drive imaging software that can make an exact copy of a drive/partition that can be restored (nothing like system restore that doesn't cover everything).

Another thing when updating drivers don't try to do them all at once, if the dark brown stuff hits the fan it can be difficult to find the culprit. And that is why I wouldn't use any of these multiple driver update tools.
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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 10:36:07 PM »
Hi everyone.

Are you aware of a software program / online service which support free check of all drivers in use of pc?
Is auto updating supported, if so that would be great!

Thanks in advance for replying.

Best regards, Hermie
Are you having a problem with any of your drivers ??? Is something not working properly ???
Unless you can answer yes to those two questions, do nothing.
If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it!
If the answer is yes:
Go to the manufacturers website and get the latest driver from them.

Before you install any driver updates, Create a System Restore Point.
(Regardless of where the driver came from.)
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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 11:21:17 PM »
NEVER trust a 3rd party software to update your drivers. Not trust Windows Updates. If you have an AMD video card go to the AMD website and check your driver version. If you have a Dell computer go to Dell.com and check for updates. Drivers only need to be updated when one is experiencing issues.

/\_  What he said,  you can also use intels website to update intel drivers.

+1 to that.

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 11:23:50 PM »
Hi everyone.

Are you aware of a software program / online service which support free check of all drivers in use of pc?
Is auto updating supported, if so that would be great!

Thanks in advance for replying.

Best regards, Hermie
Are you having a problem with any of your drivers ??? Is something not working properly ???
Unless you can answer yes to those two questions, do nothing.
If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it!
If the answer is yes:
Go to the manufacturers website and get the latest driver from them.

Before you install any driver updates, Create a System Restore Point.
(Regardless of where the driver came from.)

Exactly Bob. The only drivers really need constant updating are GPU drivers. Again only if your a gamer. Most video card drivers get updated month to fix frame rates in games or compatibility issues. Other then that "leave it be".

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 11:43:52 PM »
NEVER trust a 3rd party software to update your drivers. Not trust Windows Updates. If you have an AMD video card go to the AMD website and check your driver version. If you have a Dell computer go to Dell.com and check for updates. Drivers only need to be updated when one is experiencing issues.
I agree, sometimes you don't want to update drivers. I have always stuck with the last driver that was made for the Windows version I'm using and have never had a problem.

Hermie

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 12:06:00 PM »
Thanks for the replies!

Metaio Creator Free (Augmented Reality) reports that the grapghic card does not support OpenGL 2.x or higher.

Q1) How to check which graphic card is aboard this computer?

Q2) How to check it's driver version?

Q3) How to (eventually) update to OpenGL 2.x or higher (if possible).

I understand that I have to be very careful regarding updating any driver.

Do look forward hearing from you.

Best regards, Hermie

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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2013, 12:22:14 PM »
Are you a gamer? I take it not or else you would have know what video card you have. Go into device manager and click on the display tab. There you will see the video card your pc has. If its Nvidia go to Nvidia.com. If its an AMD/ ATI go to AMD.com. What pc is is it? If its a Dell go to Dell.com.

It's that easy. Everything you need to know is right in front of you. If your GPU doesn't support Open GL 2.1 or higher you need to upgrade your GPU. Drivers won't fix that.

Is this a desktop or laptop? If its a laptop or a desktop with on board video you cannot upgrade your GPU.
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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2013, 02:15:58 PM »
Here's an example to make it simple:
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Re: Auto updating of drivers
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2013, 02:59:49 PM »
That is in correct Bob. That will only check Microsofts data base and not the manufactures. But it's very easy to check your driver version and compare it to the ones listed for your hardware on the manufactures website. Microsofts data base is always months behind the manufactures. I have seen several cases where people update there drivers via Windows and there pc becomes unstable after that,

No matter how you look at it the best place to check for driver updates on your computers hardware in the manufactures website. It's that easy.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2013, 03:12:58 PM »
That is in correct Bob. That will only check Microsofts data base and not the manufactures. But it's very easy to check your driver version and compare it to the ones listed for your hardware on the manufactures website. Microsofts data base is always months behind the manufactures. I have seen several cases where people update there drivers via Windows and there pc becomes unstable after that,

No matter how you look at it the best place to check for driver updates on your computers hardware in the manufactures website. It's that easy.
I update my driver if I have a problem. As long as it's working, I leave it alone. Simple. :)
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