DEVICE MANAGER UPDATES: In device manager, right click the device and select update, try the internet and then try choosing from installed drivers.
INTRO: Drivers instruct Windows exactly what hardware you have and what it does, along with any specific features. Note the chipset and BIOS type/date then close the summary window.
Manufacturers usually release new drivers frequently to keep their products updated and add new features. Then open up the tabs: The drivers you want to update: Once you know the drivers, google any with the manufacturer such as nvidia driver and then bookmark the link in a folder.
For anything else uninstall anything other related like control panels.
Reboot at the end: Reboot into safe mode and then run driver sweeper.
Driver Max is junk - the whole point of this thread is to get the right drivers yourself - would you rely on an app that decides where to stick the driver? System Manufacturer/Model Number Sony Vaio Z46GDU OS Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 CPU [email protected] 1066MHz FSB Motherboard Sony branded Memory 6GB DDR3 1066MHz Graphics Card 9300M GS 256MB Dedicated (Speed) Intel4500MHD (Stamina) Sound Card Realtek HD Audio Monitor(s) Displays 13.1' WXGA Screen Resolution 1600x900 System Manufacturer/Model Number Gigabyte OS Windows 7 Ultimate CPU Intel Core(TM)2 Quad- Q9550, 2.83GHz Motherboard G31M-ES2L Memory 4GB Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD4600 Sound Card On Board: Monitor(s) Displays Acer AL2223W, Acer AL1916 Screen Resolution 1680 x 1050, 1280 x 1024 Keyboard Microsoft Laser 6000 Mouse Logitech Optical Trackman PSU 600W Case Cooler Master Hard Drives 160GB 350GB 250GB 250GB Internet Speed 1.5MB Other Info I am also running a quasar gamatron flux capacitor with twin pulse tronic phasers......jk, I have no such stuff.
Recently I have decided to update the USB 3.0 drivers on my MSI Z97 PC MATE motherboard as it turned out that they weren't installed, and because I bought a USB 3.0 memory stick.Why would we need to update our Chipset drivers, when MS has all of the latest drivers in installer and via WIndows Updates? They spent a fortune sponsoring WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to build Win7 drivers, leveraging their support to get manufacturers not to hold out as they did in Vista and to get them done on deadline.Then only exception I've come across yet are two Linksys USB adapters. The chipset driver for my motherboard included a pair of filter/PCI bridge drivers. System Manufacturer/Model Number Sony Vaio Z46GDU OS Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64 CPU [email protected] 1066MHz FSB Motherboard Sony branded Memory 6GB DDR3 1066MHz Graphics Card 9300M GS 256MB Dedicated (Speed) Intel4500MHD (Stamina) Sound Card Realtek HD Audio Monitor(s) Displays 13.1' WXGA Screen Resolution 1600x900 I would rather rely on a driver from a manufacturer than from MS.I would rather rely on a driver from a manufacturer than from MS.Great tutorial, the app for the unknown is back in 2007, I guess the guy gave up on it. I have been using a free app called drivermax for my unknown driver issues.Performance is also usually improved, so it is absolutely vital to keep all your drivers updated. GUIDELINES: FINDING & UPDATING DRIVERS: Finding drivers is usually easy. Download the drivers and then reboot after each one.