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Windows 7: Is it still necessary to install chipset/mobo drivers?

18 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 
Is it still necessary to install chipset/mobo drivers?

Just wondering this as i thought windows 7 pretty much has everything built in. I have been running 7 since the betas early last year and really have never installed any. However after i reinstalled 7 a couple weeks i have been having major issues, i just got around to reinstalling it again and everything is smooth. Just wondering if i should leave it as be or start installing stuff off the gigabyte site for my board?
thanks

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18 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

How old is the motherboard and the chipset drivers? What kinds of problems were you having with the previous install?
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18 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
How old is the motherboard and the chipset drivers? What kinds of problems were you having with the previous install?

very odd, problems i never had before, freezes, blue screens, ect..I think something went wrong during install. All is fine now but i am just wondering

EP-45-UD3P is my board
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18 Jun 2010   #4
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With the investment MS made in drivers for the Windows 7 installer and via optional Windows Updates, you really only need to seek other drivers if one is missing or performance dictates.

With your bluescreens, I would have troubleshot it thoroughly in error logs then if still a problem tried the mobo maker's chipset - with the ability to roll it back if there was no improvement.

Since you report no continuing problems, I would wait to see how performance pans out.

**A small inexplicable exception to this is that NVIDIA chipsets may report a missing "CoProcessor" driver which requires the factory or NVidia chipset to remedy. (Maybe someone from MS will see this one day and fix this oversight)
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18 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm using a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev 1.1 board and I haven't used any chipset or mobo drivers. Everything from Windows 7 is working good. The only 3rd party driver that I am using is from Nvidia for my 9800GTX+.
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19 Jun 2010   #6

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

If the board was built for Windows 7, or if the vendor's site has Windows 7-specific chipset drivers, I would at least look at the versions of those drivers and compare them with what you have installed now. I would only install their drivers if they were newer than the ones you have.
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19 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
**A small inexplicable exception to this is that NVIDIA chipsets may report a missing "CoProcessor" driver which requires the factory or NVidia chipset to remedy.
I do agree with this, I did have to install this driver.
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