Help with Driver Updating Programmes

  RISC OS user 16:25 PM 02 Jun 12
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Has anyone had any experience with "Advanced Drive Updates" from Sysftweak Inc. which is retailed by Ashampoo. Are programmes such as these really worth the money and will they really speed up my PC?

The programme indicates that I have 10 outdated drivers which are System devices.

Intel(R) series/3400 series chipsetFamilyPCI Express Root Port 1 -3B42 Intel(R) series/3400 series chipsetFamilyPCI Express Root Port 3 -3B46 Intel(R) series/3400 series chipsetFamilyPCI Express Root Port 6 -3B4C Intel (R)82801PCI Bridge - 244E Intel (R)H57 Express Chipset LPC Interface Controller - 3B08 Intel (R) Processor DRAM Controller - 0040 Intel (R) Processor PCI Express Root Port - 0041 Intel (R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller - 3B30

I have tried to find and update these drivers myself without any luck!

Is it necessary to update the Intel drivers, and if so where can I find them, I have tried the Intel site, they do not seem to be featured?

It also advised that NVIDIA GeForce G210 is out of date but I have a FREE programme from NVidia which updates its own drivers so I do not need to worry about those.

I would be grateful for any help and advice that is on offer.

  KRONOS the First 17:01 PM 02 Jun 12
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In my opinion driver update programs can and do cause more problems than they solve. I have had PC,s to sort where people have downloaded so called updates to obscure drivers and it has trashed the PC.

The graphics card driver as you rightly say can be done automatically from the Nvidia website. The rest of the so called updates you can safely ignore and get rid of the bit of software.

  john bunyan 17:12 PM 02 Jun 12

I fully agree with Chronus. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Microsoft updates do sometimes update things and individual items usually have a driver notification system. If you get a yellow triangle in Device Manger you can update that device only. As Chronus says, ditch the package deal.

  Ian in Northampton 19:04 PM 02 Jun 12

At the risk of repeating what the guys have said: there is no automatic update driver software that's worth the money - and even free ones are too expensive. jb's advice is spot on: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Drivers are perhaps the single biggest cause of system instability: thus, if you have a stable system, you'd be foolish to mess with them. Only ever update drivers if a) you have a problem that you believe can only be cured by updating the driver, b) if a new driver offers features or performance that you believe you need, or C0 because you have to because e.g. you've changed your operating system. Other than that - don't go there.

  robin_x 19:36 PM 02 Jun 12

Making a backup of your drivers, on a known working system, is a good idea though.

Some of these progs allow that. or see DoubleDriver.

Burn to CD/DVD and they are easily available in the event of future system corruptions and re-installs.

  iscanut2 20:11 PM 02 Jun 12

I can only repeat what others have said..Leave well alone !

  RISC OS user 21:24 PM 02 Jun 12

Thank you all for the advice.

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