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Windows 7: Gigabyte motherboard update page sure is out of date

06 Nov 2013   #1
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Gigabyte motherboard update page sure is out of date

I have a gigabyte motherboard and love to keep everything up to date. So when I go to the motherboards driver update page, I would love it, if they kept fresh onboard realtek LAN drivers. This motherboard uses the Integrated Realtek RTL8111E LAN driver. The driver gigabyte offers is from 2011. I was having issues with it, so I decided to go to the source. I went to realtek.com and saw that my driver was past 2 years outdated . Luckily, realtek.com has a download page with LAN drivers, so I grabbed a fresh batch from 2013 and the problem I was having seems to have been fixed. I will include two pics, one of the old driver, and one of the new. I was wondering if A. this is a common occurrence and B. what do you guys do about this?




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06 Nov 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The drivers for my Gigabyte motherboard (and an ASUS in another PC) are dated 2012.

Many manufacturers do not update drivers unless there is a specific need, such to fix a problem, support new hardware, OS, etc. I used to do support (for 10 years) on the Dell forums and as a general rule Dell did not issue driver updates unless a device had a problem or did not meet their published specs. Dell like all PC vendors are in the business of selling new PC's.

Using non-vendor Drivers can be an issue with some PC's, as some PC vendors have custom implementations and custom drivers.

Each one has to be handled on a case by case basis. Finally the old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies to many.
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06 Nov 2013   #3
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
The drivers for my Gigabyte motherboard (and an ASUS in another PC) are dated 2012.

Many manufacturers do not update drivers unless there is a specific need, such to fix a problem, support new hardware, OS, etc. I used to do support (for 10 years) on the Dell forums and as a general rule Dell did not issue driver updates unless a device had a problem or did not meet their published specs. Dell like all PC vendors are in the business of selling new PC's.

Using non-vendor Drivers can be an issue with some PC's, as some PC vendors have custom implementations and custom drivers.

Each one has to be handled on a case by case basis. Finally the old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies to many.
Ahh I see. See in my case, it was opposite, I was having an issue with the driver supplied by the motherboard vendor, so I went straight to the source and it fixed my issue. But I agree with you 100%. I have actually noticed an improvement on my network overall.
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