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Is it necessary to update drivers?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by DASAstoria, May 2, 2013.

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  1. DASAstoria

    DASAstoria Thread Starter

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    I recently put a new hard drive in a 7-year-old Acer Aspire E-380 desktop and then I updated the OS (Vista) to Service Pack 2.

    1. Do I also need to go to Acer's website to update the drivers or were they updated automatically with the OS?

    2. I plan on installing Windows 7 on the computer soon. Is updating the drivers necessary either before installation or after?

    3. If I do need to update the drivers, I've found several Acer sites where driver updates are offered. Any advice on which site to go to?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it.

    I would NOT waste any time on this. IF you are having issues with a device, THEN look into updating the driver for THAT device.
     
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    According to its support site, the Acer Aspire E380 desktop has driver support for Windows XP and Windows Vista(32-bit), but it does not have driver support for Windows 7.

    According to its driver list, it appears to have these devices:

    ATI or NVIDIA graphics

    Realtek audio

    Marvell ethernet

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    If Windows Vista(32-bit) installed the drivers for all of that desktop's devices, the Device Manager will list all devices and show them as working properly.

    If it did not, there will be a yellow ? next to the problematic devices and it will require you installing the needed drivers.

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