Updating Your Drivers in lees than 2 minutes

May 31st, 2009

A computer is made up of various pieces of hardware that are manufactured by different companies. Each piece of hardware uses their own drivers to communicate with the other pieces of hardware, as well as with the programs you are running on your computer. Since hardware is a fixed item, meaning you cannot change the hardware on a constant basis, the manufacturers of the hardware release updated drivers frequently to keep the hardware up to date with the latest technologies. In order for you to keep your hardware up to date, you have to update your drivers on a regular basis.

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A driver is a little piece of software that communicates to your hardware and tells it what it is capable of doing. If the driver is old and does not understand the instructions it is receiving from the rest of the system, it will not know how to explain that to the hardware and the program you are trying to use. This will result in either a system crash or complete system failure. This is why is it very important to keep your drivers up to date.

The first thing you need to do is know what hardware you have and what drivers are currently installed. You can do this a couple of ways:

DXDIAG – is a diagnostic tool for DirectX on your computer. Go to START, then click on RUN and type in DXDIAG and click ok. In here you will find information on your BIOS, video card and sound card.

Device Manager – Right click on My Computer then on Properties and then click on the Hardware tab. Once there, click on Device Manager. Inside here is every piece of hardware in your system. Right click on the one you want then choose Properties. In there you will find the driver information.

Alternatively, if you know the model of the hardware, you can go directly to the manufacturers website and more often than not, they will have a detection tool that will do all the work for you. All you have to do from that point is download the driver file to your desktop and install it.

Installing the driver is pretty straightforward, the first thing you want to do is disable your Anti-Virus, as those programs have been known to mess up the driver installation. Just double-click on the driver file you downloaded and follow the prompts. Normally you will have to perform a system reboot after the installation is complete to finish the installation.

That’s all there is to updating your drivers. This is something you will want to check on at least once every three months or sooner if you experience any issues.

Utilizing a Driver Scan to Keep Your Computer at Peak Performance

May 31st, 2009

While a personal computer can be a useful, even necessary, part of your household, there is much more to having one than simply making the purchase. Computers require updating and maintenance to keep them running optimally, and this is especially true for the device drivers within your computer system. By conducting a driver scan you can determine whether your PC has the most up-to-date drivers as well as locate and install the necessary updates to keep your system working for you.

At this point, you may be wondering exactly what a device driver is? It is basically a software part that controls the devices used by your computer system. Items such as keyboards, disk drives, printers, scanners, and web cameras are considered devices that require drivers to make them work.

While some drivers come as part of the computer system, others you upload at the time you connect the device to your PC. You may recall the first time you hooked up your printer to your computer that you had to upload a program to make it work. This process involved uploading the driver. The purpose of the driver is to is to serve as the communicator or mediator between the device and the computer programs, making everything work together in sync.

Why do you need to utilize a driver scan? Often the drivers that come with your devices (printers, scanner, cameras, etc.) get out-dated. From time to time, the devices’ parent companies release updated drivers to remedy problems and improve the device function. Unless you conduct a driver scan, you may never know about the updates and, therefore, may experience problems with your computer. A driver scan is just a way to make sure your computer system and related devices are able to run the best they possibly can.

The right driver scan can actually take into consideration the type of computer you have and then identify the most applicable, beneficial drivers for your system. However, it is important to be aware of some faulty driver scans that exist on the Internet. Some websites advertise a “free driver scan” only to turn out to be a spam-like program or, even worse, adware or a computer virus. For this reason, use caution when downloading a driver scan. Research it before downloading it to your computer to ensure it has a good reputation and is a good scanner product.

Consistent maintenance of your computer, including a regular driver scan, will help you to maximize the use of your PC and keep it at peak performance. If your computer is experience a slow-down or freezes-up with certain devices, consider running a scan to determine if the problem is driver-related.

Finding the Right Updates for Your System through a Driver Search

May 31st, 2009

It’s an all too common scenario: your computer freezes when you attempt to use the printer, or you try to scan in a photo only to find your screen going blank. What is the deal? It can be extremely frustrating to have your computer technology fizzle out when you need it most. One practical solution to problems such as these is to update your computer’s device drivers, and one easy way to find the right updates for your system is to utilize a driver search.

While you may depend on your computer for many different day-to-day functions, chances are you are like most computer users and you do not understand all of the detailed processes involved in your system. After all, as long as it works when you need it, you really shouldn’t have to worry about it. Or should you?

The reality is that most computers will begin to experience problems in the form of freezes, slow-downs and other various glitches if you do not stay on top of updates and maintenance issues. While it may not be the most fun way to spend your time, taking care of your system updates will keep your computer running smoothly, so you will have it when you need it most.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it may be risky to rely only on your system’s Windows update, because it only brings current the drivers Microsoft tests. This leaves out drivers you may be using, so it just is typically not the most effective way to keep things current and functioning properly.

The good news is that a driver search is a simple, user-friendly way to make sure your devices have the most current drivers. The devices we are talking about here are things like your printers, scanners, cameras, and other items you might use with your computer. Because it can be complicated to decide on your own the right updates for each device, a driver search can help you with this task by determining the make and model of your system and then identifying what you need to update specific drivers with a few clicks of your mouse.

An additional benefit to utilizing a driver search is that attempting on your own to find the latest updates for your device drivers may result in the incorrect driver selection, which can intensify your computer problems. Since more computer mess-ups are the last thing you want, use a driver search to get what you need to have your computer running smoothly as quickly as possible.

Looking for Free Driver Downloads?

May 31st, 2009

Everything in your computer, and I mean everything, uses a driver in some way to work. A driver is a set of files that are used by the computer to speak to the hardware and tell it what to do. Since drivers are software, they are updated on a pretty regular basis. The manufacturer of the hardware you have in your computer updates the drivers and places them on their website so you can download them and update your hardware. Free driver downloads keep your system up to date and working properly.

Drivers should always, and I repeat, always be free to download from the manufacturers’ website. Without the driver updates, the hardware in your system would be out of date within minutes of taking it out of the box. The driver communicates with the hardware and tells it what to do, so if your drivers are out of date, they may not understand what is being asked of them; therefore, the instructions sent to the hardware is wrong. When this happens your computer will not work, as it should.

In order to obtain a free driver download from the manufacturer, you need to know a few things about the hardware in your system. You will need to know the name of the manufacturer, the type and model of the hardware and your operating system. Once you have that information, go to the manufacturer’s website and go to the support section to look for the driver download area. You will then want to enter your hardware’s information and the website will find the driver for you. Some websites have tools on their site that will take a look at your system for all the information it needs and do the searching for you. All you have to do at that point is download the driver and install it. To install the driver you just need to run the program installer you just downloaded.

There are websites out there that offer free driver downloads who are not the manufacturers of the drivers. There are generally sites that offer links to drivers or the actual drivers themselves. If you run across one of these sites and they want to charge you for the service, don’t use it! Drivers are free downloads and you should always get them from the manufacturer directly.

That’s it to getting your free driver download from the web. Remember to check for updated drivers about once every month since technology is growing so quickly it will be easy for your hardware and drivers to expire and not work properly.

BIOS Drivers

May 31st, 2009

Every time you turn your computer on your system has to re-learn all the settings you have set your computer to and re-establish them. This can be things such as what hardware you have, where the system components are located and well, everything. All this information is stored in one location and that is called the BIOS. BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System and it stores all the information your computer needs to start up properly. If there is a problem with the BIOS driver, your system may not boot up properly or may not boot up at all.

The BIOS driver tells the BIOS what it is capable of doing and what it can recognize on the computer. If the BIOS is older than the hardware on the computer, it may not know what that new processor is truly capable of doing or how to properly communicate with it. This can cause it to report the wrong speed and show it as a slower processor than it actually is. When this happens it’s time to look into updating the BIOS driver on your computer.

A normal driver on your system will be available to download on the Internet and you will be able to install it while in still within Windows. The process to update the BIOS driver is a little bit different. The BIOS is used before Windows actually loads, so you have to update the BIOS driver outside of the Windows Operating system. This process is called, flashing the bios.

The first thing to do is find out what BIOS you have on the system and this can be found when you first boot the system. You will also need to know what type of motherboard your have in your system as well. When the system boots you will have to be quick to see this information, as it does not stay on the screen very long. There are also programs on the web that you can download that will tell you this information. A program called DXDIAG, which is already on your system, can tell you this information. Click on START and then RUN and type in DXDIAG and click OK. On that first screen will be your motherboard name and type as well as what version BIOS you are running.

Another option is just to call the manufacturer of the system and have them walk you through the process. This is the safest way to do this because if you do not follow the instructions exactly, you can damage the BIOS. Installing the BIOS drivers incorrectly will cause the system not to boot at all and the computer will be rendered useless.