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Driver Magician free for 24 hours.


Jock1e
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Driver Magician free for 24 hours for those that want to try it.

I have used it myself before but it does tend to through up the same drivers that you have already downloaded so you have to keep a check as to what you have used.

Driver Magician

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Ian in Northampton

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Jock1e: I'm not sure I agree with your last statement. While you should certainly exercise care and caution when using unsigned drivers, in many cases, unsigned drivers are the only ones there are. I have installed many unsigned drivers, having taken appropriate precautions, with no effect on either system stability or system performance.

Chronos is right, though: be wary of any software that promises to keep your drivers up to date. The simple rule is: never, ever update a driver unless you believe a driver is the cause of a problem, or a new driver can bring performance or functionality you need. Don't ever update drivers just because they're supposedly 'out of date/not the latest version'.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I agree with Ian in Northampton most times unsigned drivers are fine in the majority of cases.

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Jock1e

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[fine in the majority of cases. Like this post]

Get one Microsoft does not like and you get the results that I said earlier.

This computer that I use now is a cheapie with all different bits and pieces in it,It is a bit of a mongrel in fact and trying to get drivers for it can be be a bit of a nightmare.

Now you lads know your way about computers and can find your own drivers.

I have used driver magician before and it has updated drivers for my system without any problems.

The only problem with it was it used to give you the same updates to frequently.Basically I wrote down what I had already downloaded so that I could ignore the same update again.

I would say it is ideal for anyone who is not sure about how to update their drivers and until they learn the same way as both of you I see no harm in using it.

It is free for 24 hours and if I was in the same boat again I would use it again.

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Ian in Northampton

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I stand by what I said: there is no good reason to update drivers just for the sake of it. The golden rule: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". You only have to look at the recent thread re NVIDIA drivers to get an idea of the grief that can be caused by fixing what ain't bust (although it's easy to understand why the poster felt the need to, in view of what he'd heard).

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Woolwell

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Agree with Ian in Northampton and would add that if you do update drivers then create a system restore point first so that you can hopefully wind back if all goes wrong.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Updating graphics card drivers in the main would be advisable,particularly if you are a gamer as the new drivers might well address a particular problem in a game especially the latest games.

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Woolwell

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Chronos the 2nd - Agree entirely. The updates are because of problems, possibly with a game, and not because some program has told you that the drivers are out of date.

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Ian in Northampton

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Woolwell: what makes me smile is that it seems, from what Jock1e says, that Driver Magician doesn't even check if your drivers are out of date - it seems happy enough to just keep sending you what it thinks are the latest ones, regardless of if you've installed them. I'm thinking that, even if it's free, it's probably still overpriced... :-)

Agree on the gaming thing - but, from what my son tells me, news of an updated driver to fix a specific game problem rapidly reaches the game's forums (which is where my son spends the part of his life that he's not actually gaming...) Again: I don't think you'd update them just for fun.

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Jock1e

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Well just to keep you all happy.I downloaded it and gave it a run and it showed 2 updates needed.

One I did not think was needed and ran and downloaded the other one.Apart from taking about 4 times longer than it should have probably because of all the downloads world wide it installed with no problems.

Rebooted the computer and it no longer showed the update.So that was a plus.

Wonder how many it would find others.

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nickf

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I use Slim drivers , this is always free , and never gets it wrong . I disagree with you chaps about not updating drivers . Why would companies go to the bother of writing updates , if not to fix a bug or improve performance ?

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