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Driver Updates for a Laptop
12/29/12

Posted on 12/29/2012 12:59:37 PM PST by mdittmar

Need some advice,have 7 drivers on my Laptop that could be updated,should I bother?


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1 posted on 12/29/2012 12:59:42 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Absolutely. It should be fast, painless, and will ensure devices continue to operate correctly.


2 posted on 12/29/2012 1:05:24 PM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: mdittmar

If things are working well, leave it alone. Only upgrade if you are having issues or if the new driver has new features you find useful.


3 posted on 12/29/2012 1:07:51 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: mdittmar
HP.com has the latest updates for their products along with lots of goodies. Cnet.com has lots of free stuff and almost anything you could ever need. Get a good antivirus program. Cnet has them.
4 posted on 12/29/2012 1:09:00 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Lou L

You are an evil little person.


5 posted on 12/29/2012 1:12:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The one thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that crminals will always get them.)
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To: mdittmar

Your question was specifically about drivers. The simple and definitive answer is: Yes. Do it. Always keep your drivers current.

One handy tool you should download (free; www.download.com...the CNET site) is Belarc Advisor. It will take a heavy-duty “snapshot” of your entire system and display the results in a browser tab: hardware, software....versions, etc.; anything and everything you have on that system. It’s a wonderful tool and you can immediately check driver versions, firmware versions, etc. for your entire system. Windows update is fairly good at identifying available driver updates for your particular system (not perfect, but it’s still pretty good).


6 posted on 12/29/2012 1:13:12 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lou L
Just don't want to turn the Laptop into a paperweight,looks like most updates are for gamers or Windows 8 users.

I'm neither,but I like speed and up to date stuff on my Laptop.

7 posted on 12/29/2012 1:13:43 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

The driver updates may have nothing to do with your system or your use of the device. Find out what the upgrade does and act according to your needs. Not all new drivers are stable so you may want also wait a few months before installing. Be sure to keep the old drivers in case you need to roll back.


8 posted on 12/29/2012 1:14:09 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: RightOnline
IF you have any programs that are illegal Belarc advisor will make sure they don't work anymore. So, use with caution if that is the case.
9 posted on 12/29/2012 1:20:16 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: RightOnline

Thanks for the info.


10 posted on 12/29/2012 1:25:45 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: jdsteel

No, it doesn’t. I’ve been using it for many years; never had a problem. It is not invasive; it “reports” only.


11 posted on 12/29/2012 1:25:52 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh; mdittmar
If things are working well, leave it alone. Only upgrade if you are having issues or if the new driver has new features you find useful.

Exactly.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Updating drivers can possibly cause devices to NOT work.

12 posted on 12/29/2012 1:34:53 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The best thing in life & the hardest thing in life is watching your children grow up.)
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To: jdsteel

What’s an “illegal” program?


13 posted on 12/29/2012 1:35:24 PM PST by FredZarguna (2.9979 times ten to the eight meters per second: not just a good idea, it's The Law.)
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To: mdittmar

Is on the special “back seat mother-in-law driver”? If so, it never needs updating.


14 posted on 12/29/2012 2:06:41 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: mdittmar

Ping for later


15 posted on 12/29/2012 2:06:56 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: mdittmar

Updated drivers usually help resolve conflicts and can increase security. That said some will prevent you from booting normally. Always have the old driver handy. I use drivereasy, it will tell you what drivers are available. Not perfect, but quite good. On occasion you will need to manually install, and some special built drivers wont install.


16 posted on 12/29/2012 2:33:46 PM PST by waynesa98
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To: mdittmar
I've only had one problem with driver updates on my wife's Win 7 machine.
It disallowed the Toshiba Bluetooth mouse from communicating.
Went back to the previous driver using touch pad.
Microsoft eventually fixed their screw up and was able to reload fixed driver with no further problems.
This was over a year ago.
17 posted on 12/29/2012 2:47:00 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: mdittmar

If the device works now one of two things will happen if you update.

1. The device will still work.

2. The device will stop working.


18 posted on 12/29/2012 2:47:26 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35
Guess that sums it up;)

Gonna error on the side of "the device will still work".

19 posted on 12/29/2012 3:33:17 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Updating drivers can possibly cause devices to NOT work.

Yep. I've screwed myself over and wasted hours fixing driver upgrades before.

20 posted on 12/29/2012 4:58:10 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: FredZarguna; RightOnline
A few years ago I had an adobe program that was from a place that sold it to me for a fraction of the cost from adobe. Turns out it was not licensed by adobe, but it worked fine. After running the Belarc program the next time I started that program I got a popup screen that said I needed to enter my authorization code, which of course I didn't have. I don't believe it was coincidence. Now that all of my programs are legit I don't worry about that, but that was my personal experience.
21 posted on 12/30/2012 6:48:01 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: jdsteel

Dunno......but what I can say is that Belarc had zip to do with it. It doesn’t check “authenticity”; nothing of the sort. It “catalogs” what is on your system, period.


22 posted on 12/30/2012 8:09:24 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

It sure does catalog. Drivers, licence codes, software versions, everything. It would be a snap for it to repot back to the software makers sites. I don’t believe in coincidence.


23 posted on 12/30/2012 10:57:26 AM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: jdsteel

Trust me.....they don’t. Frankly, if they did, do you think millions would have downloaded it and used it all these years?


24 posted on 12/30/2012 5:34:15 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I didn’t check back in on this post, but now that I have, would you care to expound on your “evil little person” comment? I suppose there may be exceptions, but as an IT professional, I’ve found that more often than not, driver updates are very useful and should be performed in most cases.


25 posted on 12/30/2012 7:19:02 PM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: RightOnline

Oh sure. A developer that offers free software would never find a way to make money from big software companies by sharing information from a computer that they just scanned for everything under the sun. They make freeware like that because they are altruists and just want to help people. Right. By the way, you can send me your social security number and bank information. I promise not to do anything with it. Trust me.


26 posted on 12/30/2012 7:29:46 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Lou L

I have found that an unsettling percentage of the time driver updates will cause more problems than they fix. I was the unfortunate first discoverer of a bug in an update that rendered a program I was using inoperable.


27 posted on 12/30/2012 7:32:39 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The one thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that crminals will always get them.)
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