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What hardware device drivers should be updated?

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What hardware device drivers should be updated?
This chapter explains the steps on updating drivers, NOT how to download and install Microsoft Windows updates. Here is a list of hardware devices that should be updated. It is worth mentioning that updating your computer’s drivers and other updates can improve the performance, increase the stability of your computer and can help you avoid many problems,.

BIOS updates
CD/DVD drive drivers and firmware
Display drivers
Keyboard drivers
Motherboard drivers and updates
Network card drivers
Controllers
Mouse drivers
Modem drivers
Removable media drivers
Video drivers
Printer drivers
Scanner drivers
Sound card drivers

BIOS updates
Computer BIOS updates should only be run when you feel that your computer hardware is not performing as it should or there is compatibility issues with hardware. You can find if any BIOS updates are available for your motherboard and what the updates will fix by visiting your computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer page.

CD/DVD drive drivers and firmware
Regular and timely update of the drivers for your CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, or other CD device improves the overall performance and helps with the compatibility of the drive. You can find the listing of manufacturers and their driver update pages on internet to obtain the latest drivers.
Some manufacturers may also have firmware updates available for their CD drives. Firmware updates help resolve any hardware related issues you may be experiencing with the CD drive such as being unable to read some CD Discs or may update the region code on your DVD drive. Unlike a driver update, these updates should only be performed for users who are experiencing hardware related issues with their drives. Most firmware updates are accessible through the manufacturer’s CD driver page.

Display drivers
Unlike other hardware devices, display devices such as a computer monitor, or flat panel displays are often automatically detected and setup by the operating system.

Keyboard drivers
Unless your computer keyboard contains special keys your keyboard should not require any drivers and should be setup by the operating system. Users who are using a USB or FireWire keyboard may need drivers for their operating system to properly support the keyboard.

Motherboard drivers, firmware, and updates
Updating the computer motherboard or motherboard chipset drivers can help with the compatibility, reliability, and performance of the motherboard and the hardware installed in the computer.

Network card drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a computer network card may help with the reliability of the network card in the computer. Some network card manufacturers may also have firmware updates. Firmware updates may resolve issues relating to the compatibility of the network card or resolve other hardware issues. Firmware updates should only be run if your network card or computer manufacturer recommends an update. These updates can also be found through the manufacturer’s network driver page.

Controllers
Updating to the latest drivers for your computer controllers can help with their reliability, as well as that of the drives connected to them. If you are using a device separate from your computer motherboard. If you are not using a separate component, the controller card may be updated by installing the latest drivers for your motherboard. These drivers can be obtained from your motherboard or OEM computer manufacturer.

Mouse drivers
Unless you are utilizing a unique mouse with special buttons, wheels, or other features you should not require any drivers. The mouse should automatically setup by the operating system.

Modem drivers
Updating the computer modem drivers can improve the reliability of the modem and may improve the speed. Some modem manufacturers may also have firmware updates that upgrade the modem to support new standards such as V.90 or correct hardware issues with the modem. Firmware updates should only be run if your computer or modem manufacturers recommend you update the modem or if you believe a firmware update will correct your issue. When updating your modem’s firmware, verify you are using a firmware update designed for your modem. Updating the firmware with an incorrect version may cause the modem to no longer work.

Removable media drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a removable media device such as a tape drive may help with the reliability of the removable media device.

Video drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a video card help with compatibility, reliability, and the performance of the video card. Some video card manufacturers may also have firmware updates. Firmware updates may resolve issues relating to the compatibility of the video card or resolve other hardware issues. Firmware updates should only be run if your video card or computer manufacturer recommends an update. These updates can also be found through the manufacturer’s network driver page.

Printer drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a computer printer may help with the reliability and compatibility of the printer.

Scanner drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a scanner may help with the reliability and compatibility of the scanner.

Sound card drivers
Updating or installing the latest drivers for a sound card help with the compatibility, reliability, and the performance of the sound card.

 

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