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do i always need to install the drivers?

hi,

so many times i am installing MB 's . and  they work, but i always notice there are drivers for NICS.....should these be installed if the NIC is working?

same is true for the ide driver... do i need it?



i am currently installing an " Aopen     "AX-45 4D Max"    suprisingly, i do not see drivers for the mother board it self... like the 4 in 1 of soyo.....should there be?



This particular unit came to me with a soundblaster sound card... however, it has an intergrade sound Codec ...ac97.... all works fine.. but should the on board sound be disabled if there is a PCI  sound card?



any help appreciated..



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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"should these be installed if the NIC is working?"
if the NIC is displayed in the DEVICE MANAGER.. then you don't need to install the driver.

The D/M will show what is correctly loaded...if you have YELLOW signs with Exclamations...then you need to install the driver.

"i do not see drivers for the mother board it self... like the 4 in 1 of soyo.....should there be?
Read my previous statment

"This particular unit came to me with a soundblaster sound card... however, it has an intergrade sound Codec ...ac97.... all works fine.. but should the on board sound be disabled if there is a PCI  sound card?"

YES...disable the onboard sound.
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phototropicCommented:
intelogent,

Go to start - programs - accessories - system tools - system information ;
Click on "components" and then "problem devices" ;
Any devices which need drivers will be listed here.
If the pc runs without installing these drivers, fine...but it will probabley run better if it is fully configured.

And yes, you most certainly should disable the onboard audio...
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@intelogent...did my answer NOT help you out?
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
you know perhaps i was silent on it... for it was earlily when i got your response....
but yes it did help me very much....
there were no problem devices...
and i did install the nic driversa nyway...    I did not even know that this function was available...

you were dead on point about the BIOS....
as the machine previously was configured.... when i checked the bios... the on board sound was disabled
so thanks very much
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@intelogent, were you aware that you can SPLIT POINTS?  Sometimes there are multiple comments that support your question...here are instructions on how to do it;
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi69

Should you want to consider my effort :-)  then just head on over to the SUPPORT link and post a 0 point question, entitle it

"Please reopen question to Split Points"

Then in the body, enter;
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Desktops/Q_22057677.html#17925654

a moderator will reopen the question within 24 hours, then right above the comment box, will be the button "SPLIT POINTS".

Thanks in advance,

Aloha from Hawaii
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
Please reopen my queswtion......i wish to split the points between two helpfull members...
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phototropicCommented:
intelogent,

Splitting points is easy, and often the fairest thing to do...


I'm glad we were able to help you.
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
this field never ceases to amaze me in how much technology there is...

let's go just a touch deeper if you will..

is it possible that problem devices will show something that will not appear will a yellow exclamation in the device manager....?
or is it just an other  way to see things....
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phototropicCommented:
There is much more detail in the "problem devices" list...Device Manager is an interface through which you can
access device settings and alter their configuration; the problem devices tab gives you information about the make and model of the chip, driver details etc.etc.

Generally speaking, if a hardware device has a driver problem, an exclamation mark will appear in Device Manager, however if you want to know which chip(s) are involved, who made them and which drivers are required, the "problem devices" tab is the place to go.
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
thank you...
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Hey intelogent...please locate the SPLIT POINTS button ABOVE the comment box, it should now be available to you.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!!
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