what drivers should i update

Hewlett-packard Hp g60 notebook pc
June 8, 2010 at 18:02:59
Specs: WindowsVista Home Premium 64-bit , 2.1 GHz
I would like to update some of my drivers. I tried using Driver Max(free version) but when I want to download a driver, I have to find .dmx-info not open. It seems to be that way for all the drivers it says need updating. I can't seem to find a program to open or configure the .dmx. Also when I go to download a Realtek driver from the site it seems to be confusing also. It's not straightforward. Help please! Thank you.

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#1
June 8, 2010 at 19:02:01
If your system works then don't do any updates on the drivers.

I'd say the best place to get any updated drivers is from the company that made your system.

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#2
June 8, 2010 at 19:26:08
Hi there! I was able to use Driver Max, actually, after all the stress I went thru yesterday, and I downloaded a Realtek driver for my wireless connection, and a Standard AHCI 1.0 series ATA Controller. Now the only other ones I really want are for my audio and maybe my mouse. Would this mess up my PC? I hope not, but thank you for the input.

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#3
June 9, 2010 at 11:08:01
I agree with jefro. There is usually no reason to update drivers. One exception may be graphics drivers, which may improve graphics performance in some circumstances. Other than that you only need to update if there is a problem.

Also, IMO, don't update any hardware drivers that are supplied by the Windows Update site. If you must update drivers then as jefro stated, get them from the manufacturer.

Where do you think Driver Max gets them from?


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#4
June 10, 2010 at 10:08:15
I was once a fanatic about always having the latest drivers. But no more.
My attitude is now "if it isn't broken, don't fix it". If a driver once worked well it will continue to do so for the life of the hardware. Drivers do not deteriorate with age.

Newer drivers for some devices, such video, may improve performance. But be aware that some driver developers are tuning their drivers to do well with the latest benchmarking tools. The may improve benchmark scores dramatically but have little or no impact on real-world performance. Performance and stability may actually be impaired. A number of well known vendors have been caught doing this.


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#5
June 10, 2010 at 17:16:17
Hi there! Thank you for your input. I appreciate the comments and I believe I will stay with the drivers I have. Does anyone know why Driver Max(or any other of these people that have driver updaters) say the drivers are out of date and need updating? 'Cuz Driver Max will update your drivers for free, except if you have the free version, you can update only 2 per day. Just wondering.....Thanks for all the comments. I'm really low tech, see. This is my first PC, and although I've learned a lot in the past 8 months, I have a long ways to go. I suppose a lot of these people want to sell their products, so that is why they say, oh, this driver or that needs updating. But, really, thanks for the comments, and I do appreciate all your responses! God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#6
June 10, 2010 at 17:34:18
All those sites make money in ways you can't even imagine.

Sometimes updating drivers can actually break your system. nVidia and ATI both have unified drivers that will work for most of their products. That said, the newest drivers are usually tweaked for the newest graphics chips and the latest OS. Using those drivers on outdated graphics cards can actually slow them down or in worst case scenarios cause BSODs.

Sometimes a Window service pack update may require you to update a driver for some reason. If that occurs you will most likely know about it.

The correct place to get hardware drivers is from the manufacturer. In the case of graphics cards you can get the drivers from the chip manufacturer instead of the card manufacturer.

Realtek make generic drivers that are then tweaked by the motherboard manufacturer to suit their particular feature set and bundled software. Getting sound drivers directly from Realtek is your last resort.

As was stated above, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


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