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is driver robot safe

by JAB19 / October 6, 2009 3:22 PM PDT

I'm tired of looking for drivers and wanted to know if this program does the job and accurate. Also if is safe to download and trust to pay with credit card. Thank you.

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Probably not, not sure, and no.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 6, 2009 8:50 PM PDT
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Does it do the job and accurate? I don't know driver robot, (link?), but I do not trust any driver update software. The posts we see in these forums about such 'update' software leaves me to wonder if such utilities will ever work.

Is it safe to download? Link please.

Is it safe to trust and pay with credit card? I can't say, but I never purchase items off the internet unless I am completely happy with the web site, ie it is a recognised retail site.

May I ask, why look for drivers? If they are working now, why do you need to upgrade them? If they are not working now, then the hardware/software supplier, or the computer's supplier/maker is the first port of call.

There is an often used phrase, "if it is not broken, don't fix it".

Mark

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Here is the link and further explanation
by JAB19 / October 7, 2009 6:16 AM PDT
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I see what you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 7, 2009 7:58 PM PDT

I have to say I am not convinced.

I had a quick look at the Realtek.com web site, and I couldn't find any reference to Driver Robot, but I must admit I didn't do a comprehensive search of the site.

That link you gave, ( http://driver-pro.com/related/english/hardware-drivers/?a=12055&gclid=CKL27vjfq50CFSANDQodRBlXig&hit=1 ), seems strange to me. There's no mention of realtek in the url web address, and I couldn't find any mention on the driver robot site (apart from headers) of commendations by Realtek. If I had a web site and/or software recommended by some large company, I would make sure I had their commendation displayed on my site.

The header is odd as well, "We highly recommend this download". Who does? The only mention of Realtek is in the sub-header, but since this software apparently can be used for all types of software and hardware drivers, why is Realtek alone singled out?

My WOT, (Web of Trust), Firefox plugin suggests that the Driver Robot web site is not entirely trustworthy, ( http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/driverrobot.com ). Admittedly, WOT only relies on user comments and no discernible and independent testing, but what has been said there is slightly disturbing.

All in all I personally would be cautious.

Can you tell more about this sound problem you have, and also details of your system. Do you know which Realtek sound card you have?

Mark

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sound card
by JAB19 / October 8, 2009 4:24 AM PDT
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cool thanks for your help. Well the sound problem that I have is that sometimes the sound is choppy or you just can't hear any sound at all. If you could help me were do I look for the model. I just know is Realtek HD Audio, the first site that I link you two is not the rite site for realtek a barely notice that.lol. Well I went to their real site,but I didn't know which drivers to download because it ask me how many channels my sound card has 6 or 8 and I don't know. Thanks for your help.

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I found the model
by JAB19 / October 8, 2009 4:43 AM PDT
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I found my model number ALC888S and the driver that I have is 6.0.1.5910
I went to their site I found my model, but no drivers not even the old ones and I need them for when I install windows 7.

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We'll need to talk about Windows 7 later
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 8, 2009 5:39 AM PDT
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but for now, that choppy sound may just be due to codecs. If the sound was choppy all the time then that could be caused by many things. I'm no tech, but the things I would look at are failing sound card, bad leads to the speakers, loose connections, or may be a bad driver.

Here's another one, when was the last time you spring-cleaned your computer? I don't know if it is a laptop or PC, but have you cracked open the case recently and looked inside? Dust will kill electrical components, and sadly computers are great dust collectors. Here's a video on how to clean a grungy PC;
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html

But if the sound is only choppy some of the time that may point to something else, eg codecs for particular sound track files, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_codec ).

Or, may be there are too many applications or processes running on the system.

Not knowing anything about your computer there is not much more I can say, but I did see this on the Realtek web site;

"High Definition Audio Codecs

Audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. To be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, please download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website."

I don't know what an IC is, (something card?), but it seems likely you may need to check with the motherboard maker's web site, or if this a computer from a major retailer, Dell, HP, etc, check with their site.

You're right about the lack of driver details for this ALC888S, which Realtek calls an audio codec.
http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=141

I had thought that drivers and codecs were different, so I think I have to pass on this now, and suggest you seek help from experts, either at the PC Hardware forum or the Home audio & video forum.

As to Windows 7, there is more information and help on this at the Windows 7 forum.

Good luck.

Mark

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Thanks
by JAB19 / October 9, 2009 2:47 AM PDT

Thanks dude I already fix it, it was something wrong with the driver. I went to my manufactures site HP and they had the solution for my problem their. Thanks, you been a lot help.

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Excellent.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 9, 2009 4:54 AM PDT
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I'm glad you got it sorted, and by yourself.

That's the sort of results we like to see.

Mark

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Is Driver Robot safe?
by M Reeves / October 24, 2009 1:48 AM PDT
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I installed Driver Robot on 10/03/09, and it crashed a couple days later and I lost everything. I really think this must have caused it, as I hadn't changed anything else. I'm hoping for a refund, but not holding my breath.
M. R.

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Is Driver Robot safe?
by spriggan_za / January 11, 2010 6:37 PM PST
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Interesting reading.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 11, 2010 7:13 PM PST
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Thanks for those, and it looks like my initial concerns were right.

Mark

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