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More on hardware drivers

The drivers that you see on Gateway’s, Dell’s, HP’s, et al, are only the drivers that the OEM took the time to test and approve.  Frequently, they never get around to testing/approving drivers that the hardware manufacturer publishes for their products.   That’s why, when you run into issues, you may need to go directly to the hardware maker for more current drivers.

As I said in my original review of DriverMax, I’ve run into problems with Adobe’s software that were only resolved with driver updates that Dell hadn’t “approved” yet.  Since DriverMax seems to have the most current drivers, it will be the utility that I’m using for now. 

The drivers that DriverMax recommends don’t work 100% of the time – sometimes you have to revert to the previous driver.  One huge advantage that RadarSync has is that it prompts you to create a system restore point before installing the driver update.  I wish DriverMax did that because I frequently forget to do that.  So far I’ve been lucky and haven’t needed it, but there’s going to be a day that I’ll regret not having that restore point.

With all that said, I only install the computer OEM drivers unless there are issues (usually video) that need to be resolved.  Although I’m using DriverMax on any computer with CS4 installed on it.

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  1. devlin19
    March 16, 2009 at 8:25 am

    this is good info and i ran into this. i was using different software for my computer. had to go back to original software

    http://update-your-drivers.blogspot.com/2009/01/update-your-drivers-fast-easy.html

  2. sean
    March 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    The problem with drivermax is that it doesn’t link to the manufacturer’s website for the driver updates — it sends you files that were on other people’s computers. For this reason I think Radarsync is a lot safer to use.

    • practicallyit
      March 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

      Hi Sean,

      The problem is that I think it would be impossible to link to the manufacturer’s website and ensure the latest drivers. Frequently there isn’t a direct link to a download at the component manufacturer’s site – you have to jump through hoops to get to it. Even if there were a direct link, it frequently changes and older drivers are removed when newer ones are published. By storing the drivers on their site, DriverMax ensures that the driver is available when you want it and that you can roll back to a previous version if you want.

  3. Razel
    March 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Practicallyit, RadarSync did it – they did link direct to the .exe/.zip/msi/rar of the file, and they update daily. A lot of work…for us to enjoy.

    Also there is a rumor that DriverMax is taking the users drivers during “backup” and send them on, I hope it is not true!!!!

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