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Windows 7: OEM vs Device Manufacturer drivers

31 Aug 2011   #1
phrozenflame

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
OEM vs Device Manufacturer drivers

Hi guys,

I'm having some BSOD issue, I suspect, they'd be due to some drivers stuff and all.

So anyway, I saw Device manufacturers had more updated drivers then the OEM (Acer Laptop here), do you think these generic drivers are worth a try or can they be harmful?

Thanks


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31 Aug 2011   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Worth it.

You can always manually create a restore point just in case.
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01 Sep 2011   #3
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by phrozenflame View Post
Hi guys,

I'm having some BSOD issue, I suspect, they'd be due to some drivers stuff and all.

So anyway, I saw Device manufacturers had more updated drivers then the OEM (Acer Laptop here), do you think these generic drivers are worth a try or can they be harmful?...
It depends on the manufacturer. Realtek drivers, OEM or not, are the same. As they add new chips, the software is expanded to cover them. The OEM's don't update their drivers for a particular model, unless they are aware of a serious problem which the update fixes. You can always look at (unzip) the update to see what the fixes are. See the readme file.

Not sure if your BSOD is driver related.
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01 Sep 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't think they would be harmful, but may not work properly. Some computer makers have custom drivers for their hardware.

For your BSOD issue, follow this tutorial. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tml#post836073 Those people are generally busy, so be patient.
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01 Sep 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It won't hurt to try the manufacturer's drivers although it may be that the OEM drivers are configured differently.

Create a restore point first or roll back to the old driver via Device Manager if the new driver creates more problems.
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01 Sep 2011   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If the manufacturer has released new drivers, there's always a reason for it....either to include newer hardware (like Nvidia's all inclusive drivers do) or to solve and issue. Sometimes, it's both. My opinion is, if there's a new driver, it is worth a shot if you suspect an issue with a previous one.
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01 Sep 2011   #7
phrozenflame

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I don't think they would be harmful, but may not work properly. Some computer makers have custom drivers for their hardware.

For your BSOD issue, follow this tutorial. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tml#post836073 Those people are generally busy, so be patient.
Thanks, I've already posted my BSOD issues here and awaiting feedback:
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...64-bsod-2.html

And thanks everyone for the input! Today's been a good day so far, no random shutdowns/restarts since I uninstalled synaptics that came with my laptop drivers cd. But that means typing is a pain koz touchpad is sensitive :x
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01 Sep 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome. There have been cases with synaptics drivers mucking up the works.
Panais outlined some steps for you... http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...ml#post1543723
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08 Aug 2013   #9
simpves

win 8 pro 64
 
 

You must ask your OEM and the other device manufacturers separately. If they both agree on which driver you should use, you're all set. Now, if your OEM recommends you use their driver and the other device manufacturers recommend that you use THEIR driver... you have yourself a tricky situation. Sometimes, it's better to go with the OEM-customizable driver regardless of the release date.

In many cases, the manufacturer has generic drivers that may very well be NEWER but less efficient and may actually reduce performance if not completely disable some components and features of the hardware. Don't judge a book by its cover--don't judge a driver by its release date/version number.

For example, I own a DELL computer. My DELL computer has an INTEL SATA/AHCI Controller. INTEL recommends that I use the OEM's (Dell) drivers rather than INTEL's drivers REGARDLESS of version date. Why? Because DELL may have customized the driver and INTEL's driver is just a generic version even if it might be newer.

I'm going to listen to INTEL's recommendation and stay with DELL's driver...

"Newer isn't always better:" Newer isn't always better when it comes to Windows XP drivers - TechRepublic (or any WINDOWS OS for that matter...)
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