How important is it to update your drivers?

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SophieCella

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Hey

Sorry if this sounds like a really amateur question, but on some websites I see links to update your drivers via a download, and since you're not installing any new hardware, what's the significance of downloading something onto one of your drivers? How does your computer run better after updating? When do you know to replace the driver you have with a new one?

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Some drivers will run faster and more efficiently with new drivers. Usually manufacturers will release updates that have a reason to be updated. But, if it's not broken - don't fix it.
 
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Some drivers will run faster and more efficiently with new drivers. Usually manufacturers will release updates that have a reason to be updated. But, if it's not broken - don't fix it.
I have a bio star motherboard P4M900-M4, with via chip set drivers and I keep getting messages that keep saying to update drivers but when I go to via I can't find where to go, maybe you can steer me in the right direction, Jon
 
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Downloading newer drivers usually fixes bugs with older drivers, makes your devices run faster, and gives you new abilities. This isn't always the case, but generally that is how it goes.

Unless you are a gamer or someone who does a lot of serious hardware-intensive computing, you really have no need to update your drivers, unless of course they are broken.

ComputerUser1200, where and how are these messages popping up? I'm concerned that there may be a rootkit in your computer that is trying to get you to download something that could be hazardous. The motherboard shouldn't be affecting how things are going in the operating system.
 
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I have a bio star motherboard P4M900-M4, with via chip set drivers and I keep getting messages that keep saying to update drivers but when I go to via I can't find where to go, maybe you can steer me in the right direction, Jon
maybe they mean to update your MB chipset drivers, so go to Biostar instead, mostly these types of messages are to be ignored
 
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I used to always do updates when available for hardware but after having modems fail, video card updates that prevent pc from booting, and soundcard updates that kill sound all together, as stated above, I decide if I have an issue, and if not then I stay away. Be aware though the older your hardware, the more possible problems updates will cause, yet you are the ones who may need updates the most. I guess the best advice I can give is avoid the hardware updates at the Windows Update site as they are the most treacherous to older hardware.
 
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Some newer PC games will request that you have the latest drivers maybe to support new features that the game may have or just to insure stability. The only drivers I regularly update are my graphics card.
 
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The only time that upgrading your drivers could be bad is for "one-size-fits-all" drivers. These are usually video drivers, where a company like nVidia or ATi will issue a single driver that works for all nVidia or ATi cards. Using the latest drivers on an old card will likely bring bad performance because the newer drivers are much more bloated.
 
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