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Do I need to load all these AMD drivers?

by gordon451 / December 1, 2012 7:48 AM PST

G'day all. I've had this you-beaut GA HM61M with an Intel Core i5-2400, running Windows 7 x64 HP SP1 for a while now, and I can tell youse it really hums!

However, we can all make things run better and load faster, so what I need to know is, do I really need to have all the AMD drivers load in at startup?

As far as I can see, I have nothing inside using AMD technology -- the graphics are on-board Intel, the sound is from Realtek, also on the mobo. Realtek/Atheros does the LAN, Etron handles the USB3 and Marvell looks after the SATA 6Gb/s connectors. Is there anything I should know about?


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by bob b / December 1, 2012 9:47 PM PST

If that's where your looking......untick an item and reboot.

If something important comes up missing.....retick the item and reboot.

Shouldn't take too long to figure out what's needed and what's not.

I doubt you can hurt anything.

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Good thought
by pgc3 / December 2, 2012 12:32 AM PST
In reply to: Msconfig/startup?

Yes Bob that would be a pretty safe way to go, no harm no foul. My gut feeling is that he should be able to get rid of those drivers, as to how they got there, well that could be several stories, safest method is probably your suggestion.

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Thanks all
by gordon451 / December 2, 2012 8:16 PM PST
In reply to: Msconfig/startup?

As pgc3 suggested, I've done a bit of research. It's not conclusive, but around the traps the general thought is that the AMD drivers are the preferred drivers for x64 processors of any brand, since AMD perfected the x64 processors with the Itanium series.

I should expand a bit on my original question: there are 6 AMD drivers loaded, {amdppm amdk8 amdide amdsata amdsbs amdxata}.sys, as well as two Intel drivers, intelide.sys and intelppm.sys, and a couple of non-Intel others. Interesting that (according to PeStudio) all of the AMD drivers are crippled in some way.

I'll take bob b's suggestion, and slowly -- when the workload eases off -- try unticking one or two then rebooting. I cannot see any of the AMD drivers in Device Manager, which is encouraging, although W7 is a very complicated beast.

As to how the drivers got there, probably because the OEM (Sorry mods, I have to do this!) (CDM in Perth, Western Australia) preload put them there. They show up in Windows\System32\drivers, but actually live in Windows\winsxs.

Sometimes I think I tinker too much (If it ain't broke, fix it until it is!) and I should really leave things alone Happy


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AMD drivers
by pgc3 / December 1, 2012 12:28 PM PST

Did you ever have a Radeon vid card installed? As I recall that issue is/was related to Radeon which used AMD drivers/support. I'd have to do some research but I recall it happening back in the early days of Win Vista on some set ups, onboard and stand alone. It strikes me as odd if your system is straight Intel since I would think there could be a conflict. I wonder if anyone else remembers anything along these lines. If it were myself I'd dump the drivers but before you do that I'd suggest doing a bit of research just in case.

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