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Finding A Driver’s Version Number in Windows XP

April 7th, 2012 No comments

One of the first things that you need to know about device drivers  would be its version number, so that you know whether or not it already needs installation of new updates or not. If you are planning to update a device driver in Windows XP, you need to check the current version number and compare it with the latest version available, because you might have the latest or best version for the hardware already installed on your computer.

If you are unsure on how to check the device driver’s version number, below are easy to follow steps on how you can do it.

1. Open the Device Manager from the Control Panel

2. Locate the device that you are looking for. This could be done by working through the hardware categories and clicking the ‘+’ icon.

3. After successfully locating the device whose version is you are looking for, right click the name or icon and click on its Properties.

4. Click the Driver tab and look for the Driver Version among the other information stated about the driver. Usually, this is located above the big buttons.

Do keep note however, that you should also pay close attention to the Driver Provider as well. This is because it is highly likely that the device driver currently installed on your computer’s system is a default driver that has little value compared to other device drivers.

When downloading device drivers, do remember to make sure that you correctly choose between the 32 bit and 64 bit device drivers since the device won’t work if you downloaded the wrong version.

Downloading Device Drivers

April 2nd, 2012 No comments

Updating the driver for a certain hardware device would require you to download the driver file from the internet. There are many available sites on the World Wide Web and this usually makes it hard to find the right site where you can download credible driver files. However, you will breathe a sigh of relief and will be saved from all the frustrations once you find the perfect site for download. Below are just some of the sources that you can check for device driver downloads:

1.  Direct from the manufacturer

The best and most trusted place where you can download device driver files would be directly from the hardware manufacturer. Most companies already have their own official website and all you need to do is visit it and download the file directly from their site.

2. Download from trusted Driver download websites

Aside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver filesAside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver files, which they usually organize by the name of the manufacturing company and year of release.

3. Use Windows Update to download updated device drivers

The Windows Update is also a perfect source for downloading drivers and in fact, ,are done automatically if you want to set it as such. However, do keep in mind that this solution should not be considered a priority and only choice for device driver downloads since the drivers are not readily available and if there ever are files that you can download, are not usually updated.

If for some reason you are unable to download the device driver that you need from the internet, then the Windows Update is worth trying.

4. Download from third party developers

You also have the choice to download the device driver files from a third-party driver developer. However, these files are not usually available and are only designed to meet the needs of a programmer. You may request for it personally or if there are available device drivers for download, do keep in mind that they are not that safe and you are not sure whether or not it is compatible with your system. Therefore, it is still safer to download device driver files directly from the manufacturing company’s website or from a credible website.

Anatomy of Windows Drivers

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Have you ever wondered why it sometimes seems so difficult to get a new gadget, a new device, or a new peripheral to work with your PC? Have you ever tried using a printer or a scanner and found that its functionality turned out to be just a bit more limited than you were led to expect? If either of these events has happened to you before, then you probably know by now that the main cause of tech headaches such as this is rooted in the Windows driver itself. So just what do drivers do anyway, and why are they so important?

What’s the Big Deal About Drivers?

There are literally hundreds of computer device and manufacturers around the world, each of them made to different designs and specifications. All of these devices need to work with Windows operating systems in order to tap the large market of PC users out there. The thing is, for a device to work with a certain operating system, the two need to speak a common language so that they can interact properly – this is what a driver does.

Drivers are software that allows hardware to be recognized and used by a PC running a certain operating system. This is why almost every piece of computer hardware sold usually comes with a CD that contains all the software you need to install and run it properly. With the right drivers any device, regardless of its age or origin, can be used with your computer without any problems.

Driverless Devices?

You might have noticed that some devices, especially common ones like USB flash drives and input devices such as a computer mouse seem to be what is commonly described as ‘Plug and Play’, meaning they work readily after being plugged into your PC without the need for the driver installation process. The truth is, these devices require drivers as well, it’s just that the drivers are already pre-installed in the Windows operating system itself.

Think about it. Way back then, when flash drives were new and Windows 98 was still the dominant OS on the market, you had to install a driver for every new variety of flash drive you plugged into your PC. The process was, to say the least, quite tedious and bothersome.

When Windows XP came out, generic support for USB storage devices was integrated into the operating system, which allowed users the freedom to use as many different types of flash drives as they wanted.

Update Your Drivers Regularly

Because they’re so important to the smooth function of your PC and its attendant gadgets and peripherals, it’s essential that you make sure that you get the latest versions of all your device drivers whenever you can. Updated drivers have the advantage of resolving any bugs and unlocking even greater capabilities from your devices.

You can also improve hardware functionality by updating your copy of Windows as well, since the regular updates and service packs Microsoft releases often include more generic drivers for common devices as well as better native support for other peripherals. Use our Driver Scan Tool to scan and update the drivers in your computer, it might very well save you problems down the road.

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows 2000/XP/2003)

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The Realtek HD audio driver package includes: Driver setup program, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek Sound Effect Manager and offers the installation wizard in multiple languages.

SOME FEATURES OF HIGH DEFINITION REALTEK AUDIODRIVER:
• COMPATIBLE WITH DIRECT 3D SOUND
• COMPATIBLE WITH A3D
• COMPATIBLE WITH I3DL2
• HRTF 3D Positional Audio
• 26 EMULATION ENVIRONMENT SOUNDS TO IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE  WHEN PLAYING GAMES
• SOFTWARE 10 BAND EQUALIZER
• CANCELLATION OF VOICE AND KEY TO CHANGE IN KARAOKE MODE
• REALTEK MEDIA PLAYER
• PANEL AND ASSISTANT SET FOR IMPROVED DETECTION DEVICE FOR IMPROVED USER EXPERIENCE
• DOLBY DIGITAL ALC882D LIVE
• ALC882H SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY HOMETHEATER
• ALC882M SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY MASTERSTUDIO

Once installed, the driver requires a restart to function properly. Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use the integrated HD audio. Keep their drivers improve performance of the computer to play music and run games.

The latest version is 2.58 for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/ Windows XP, which was released on March 24, 2011.

Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compatible with Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The best series offers 10 channels of DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playbacks, and there are 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. It includes flexible mixing functions of gain, mute, and fine control to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PC entertainment.

How to Install:

First Step: Insert the “Realtek HD Audio Drivers” CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the setup.exe program to start the installation.

Second Step: Click on “Next” to continue the procedure, and then press “Yes” to continue.

Third Step: This is the last step, select to restart the system and press Finish and the installation will be complete.

Click here for a utility that will help locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

You can download audiodrivers for XP, Vista and 07 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/