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Driver Utilities

by sparker781 / September 28, 2009 12:31 AM PDT

Can someone recommend to me a free utility that will allow me to update my outdated drivers? I was going to use Driver Detective that found 3 outdated drivers on my Acer laptop but money is an issue for me and I cannot afford to pay for that software. The Acer site has some drivers but I have 3 PCI devices (Thats what its listed as in Device Manager) that I cant seem to find the drivers for....HELP

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2009 1:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Driver Utilities

There are two lines of thought here.

1. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

2. Only the latest drivers.

The second line of thought usually ends badly. What are you fixing?

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by sparker781 / September 28, 2009 1:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry no.

I have an ACER Aspire 5610Z for some reason cannot get the wireless card to be recognized under Vista Ultimate. Also there are 3 PCI Devices and a Flash Memory that cannot be installed. The laptop works fine when I plug in an ehternet cable. Got any ideas?

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If you know or suspect ...
by Kees Bakker / September 28, 2009 3:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Wirelss

which drivers needs a newer version, you can generally download them yourself from the makers site.

However, note that if the old driver used to work, and now doesn't work any more, there's no guarantee at all that the new version will work. If there's a hardware issue, it still won't work.
The situation that a driver stops working because of a Vista update is very uncommon. If it suddenly doesn't work any more, most likely there's another reason that a new driver won't remedy.

Consider going back to factory settings using the System Restore DVD.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2009 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Wirelss

I'm running into these story more and more often. here's the usual causes.

1. Registry cleaners.
2. Bloat removers (for the Acer you WANT the eStuff.)
3. Malware.

Given your story matches what I run into too often I'm now just backing up files, restoring it to the factory load and then restoring files. There are those that want it fixed without such but they also don't want to pay the hours of tinkering or calling Microsoft, Acer support and the costs that usually pile up to what a new laptop costs.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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