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Motherboard Drivers

Posted on 2003-03-15
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26

MoBo Drivers.....

I re-install mine each time I format or update the O/S because when I got my new system with a QDI MoBo, The DirectX tests would crash the system everytime I tried to run them. The shop I bought it from told me new the graphics card maybe faulty and replaced it....This made no difference. I did have a MoBo driver disk and as the problem was getting me down I just proceeded on the off chance to load the drivers...I was very pleased with myself at that time as I'd solved the Problem.

My Question is......After formatting a hard drive or replacing an operating system must motherboard drivers be reinstalled?

Question by:orbiter5
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depends on the age of the mainboard.... the O/S may or may not have the drivers in the build (say the mainboard was built this year... and you are installing Win98... then it is likely that the O/S install will not have drivers native to it... they would come from the manufacturers)

even if the O/S recognizes the components and installs its native drivers... there may be newer/mo betta drivers available (manufactures update their drivers to patch, improve them)

whenever I build up a system, after the O/S is installed I head for the Control Panel to check the System Device Mangler for any possible issues.. from there make decisions about installing other drivers.

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ID: 8144334
Thanks oldgreyguy,

I'm really asking for a friend who's having problems running a golf game he's bought (Links2003) he's bought a new graphics card Nvidia Gforce 2 64MB on the advice from Microsoft who state the DirectX DDI version should be 8 not 7. He now has version 8 and the game still won't run properly. I've now tried the game on My 1.1GHz system running DDI version 7 and it works.

He's not reinstalled his mainboard drivers even after a few re-installes of Windows 98SE and I just wondered if this would cause the problems as his system specs otherwise are within specification for the game.

Am I right in understanding that the MoBo's drivers are stored on the hard drive and not in the BIOS?

Would it do any harm to re-install the drivers off his MoBo manufacturers disk as he's decided to install Win2000 today?

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MoBo drivers are pieces of software written to enable a device (Intel chipset for instance)... or the Nvidia chip on his graphics card. When the O/S was built... manufacturers worked with Microsoft... and incorporated their drivers into the O/S............

the drivers are stored on the Hard Drive... ususally in the System, System32 folders of the Windows folder.

as to installing the manufacturers drivers over the Win2K drivers...........I would go onto the manufacturers site and get the latest drivers...... for Windows2000. it may well be that the drivers supplied with Windows are updated

not too sure about the make/model of his board... this may be where he needs to get the latest and greatest


Author Comment

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I'll delve futher into the MoBo driver issue. Thanks for your help oldgreyguy :)
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good luck... holler if more is needed.


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