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Program to serach for updates for bios, video, drivers, etc

by frijolitoe / August 14, 2006 9:00 AM PDT

Am searching for program that will scan computer hardware and software and then search for any updates that are needed for same.

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What most find is that making a short list of web sites
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 9:27 AM PDT

Is all that's needed. I think driverguide sells something but I find it easier to just hit the list I made for my machine (and cheaper.)

Bob

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Not the best method...
by John.Wilkinson / August 14, 2006 9:39 AM PDT

There is software designed to do that, but the success rate isn't great. For one, not all hardware is known to the software, the lists of updates may not be up-to-date, and some can actually cause more harm than good in some cases. On that note, I'd like to caution you about the program RadarSync, which you may read of in these forums and in Cnet newsletters. It has many complaints against it from fellow members and so I would recommend staying away from it.

Instead, use the free program Everest to analyze the hardware in your computer. It will then provide links to the manufacturers' websites so that you can download the latest updates from them. (You'll have to perform a brief search.) You can then either bookmarks those sites or go through the simple process again in the future.

I'd update the drivers one at a time so that if something goes wrong you'll know which update was responsible. Also, I'd skip any BIOS update unless you require it to correct an issue or for additional hardware support...they can occasionally be more trouble than they're worth. In short, don't fix what isn't broken.

Hope this helps,
John

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Worth repeating till it hurts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 9:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Not the best method...

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I agree....conditionally
by icarus42 / March 30, 2007 4:29 PM PDT

Sometimes an updated driver will offer new capabilities or simplify previous ones. On the other hand, just like some program updates & upgrades, I find I like the older ones better! A case in point, I've stayed with MS Money 2004 after trying '05, '06 and '07. By MS adding more capabilities, they've made it more complicated, thereby (for simpleton me), taking the 'usability' out of the program.

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