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The 6 Best Ways to Update Your Drivers

October 28th, 2013 No comments

Drivers are an integral part of Microsoft operating systems: software components that help your computer use its various hardware features … or any new devices that you buy and attach.

This makes drivers very important for managing external data as well as internal functions. Over time, they can steadily lose their relevance if they’re not updated. Generally speaking, you don’t need to update a driver if nothing is wrong, but if you’re noticing problems with important devices or functions, it may be time to search for an upgrade.

Here are some of the most common ways to find the right driver installations, and important considerations for each method.

1. The device itself

From USB to printer drivers, most devices include a download that automatically provides the necessary software when you’re first connecting the device to your PC. Sometimes (although this is increasingly rare) you have a CD with software included on it.

You may be prompted to visit a company website and download from there. Typically, driver software that comes with a device is not very dependable; it tends to be old and obsolete compared to online versions. But if your device is not installing properly, reinstalling the original drivers could be the solution to your problem.

2. The operating system

If you want an easy way to update drivers, look at your Windows operating system. In the Device Manager or a related Windows tool, you will see all the drivers that need to be updated, and you can ask Windows to update your drivers itself.

This does not necessarily mean you will get the latest drivers, but it will provide you with the best updates that Windows can find, and compatibility will probably not be an issue.

3. An aggregation website

Fortunately, others have already done a lot of the work for you. If you want a driver for any external advice, try using a generic search to see what pops up. Some sites will help you quickly locate the right drivers for your operating system with a minimal amount of fuss. They’ll get your downloads in a short amount of time with easy instructions. If you can find a site that does the work for you, use it!

4. Your computer brand site

Sometimes it can be more difficult to locate the driver that you want. In those cases, it’s time to visit the website from which you bought your computer or the brand website that your device belongs to. Dell, HP, Logitech, Lenovo … you get the idea. They may have driver downloads available or at least provide a quick link to the right place to find them.

5. The chipset manufacturer

If you’re determined to get the latest driver for internal functions, visit the manufacturer of the chipset for your computer. The most common manufacturers are companies like Nvidia and Realtek.

These brands have the latest drivers up in record time, since they’re the ones responsible for bringing it to market. Search for your particular chipset model to locate the right drivers. However, you may want to approach this option carefully: the very latest driver updates may come with bugs or compatibility issues. It may actually be preferable to get an older, smoother version.

6. The hardware manufacturer

If you want to go a further step down the supply chain, you can look for the hardware manufacturer itself — the company that makes the actual video card, motherboard, or other hardware component. You can’t get any closer to the source than this.

Many of these manufacturers offer advanced update options that let you customize the update in various ways, to add features or ensure compatibility … as long as you know what you’re doing.

Realtek Milestones and History

June 15th, 2011 1 comment

History

Taiwan’s one of the biggest semiconductor companies started in 1987. The company is popularly known as the Realtek Semiconductors Corp. This company was created by a small group of young, skilled and determined professionals in the field of engineering. Its main office is situated at Hsinchu Science-based Industrial park. Since the foundation of this company, its growth has been very convincing.

In 2003, the company’s most popular products (10/100M Ethernet controllers), achieved a 70% of the global market share. While their other products such as the AC’97 audio codecs, achieved a 50% global market share. In terms of employment, the company has hired 970 employees from 1987-1998 (March), where more than 72% (700 or more) of the employees were all experts in research and development. This shows the company’s direction and vision in developing more reliable and quality products.

Due to the company’s expertise in IC design and system development, coupled with their broad knowledge and advancement in the field of manufacturing, Realtek has achieved a lot since it started. In addition, Realtek also makes sure that their customers have access to any services such as drivers downloads and updates of their different products (e.g. Realtek Audio Drivers).

Milestone

Some of the company’s greatest achievements from 1987-2010:

2010

  • Outstanding IT Products Award for RTL8111E PCI-E 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controller
  • Innovative Products Award – RTL8367M Single-Chip 5+2-Port 10/100/1000M Switch Controller awarded by the Hsinchu Science Park Administration
  • ‘Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award’ – Realtek RTL8111E Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award – Realtek ALC899 High Fidelity PC Audio Codec

2009

  • Outstanding I.T Application/Products Award 2009 – RTD1073/1283 Full-HD Digital Media Processor

2008

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Award – RTD2485D All-In-One LCD Monitor Controller

2007

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2007 Award – Realtek’s RTL8111C-GR Single-Chip PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller

2006

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2006 Award – Realtek’s High Definition Audio Codec (ALC888 Telecom)

2005

  • Science Park R&D Accomplishment Award, awarded by Hsinchu Science Park Administration

2004

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – All-CMOS IEEE 802.11a/b/g Dual-Band Triple-Mode WLAN Chipsets with USB 2.0 Interface(RTL8187L﹢RTL8255)

2003

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controllers(RTL8169S/RTL8110S)

2002

  • Best Choice of Computex award at Computex-Taipei 2002 – Realtek’s 6-Channel AC’97 Audio Codec

2001

  • Component Design – Multi-mode Single-Chip 10/100M Fast Ethernet Controller, awarded by EDN Asia Magazine

2000

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s 8-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Switch Controller with Embedded Memory(RTL8308)

1999

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s IEEE 1394A 3-port 100/200/400 Mbps Cable Transceiver /Arbiter Chip(ALN 8801

1998 (October)

  • Realtek approved as a listed company on the Taiwan Stock Exchange

1997

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s Single-Chip Fast Ethernet Controller(RTL8139)

1993

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s RTG3108 High-Performance Window Accelerator Chipset

1987 (October)

  • Realtek foundation

If you are using any of the PC hardware manufactured by Realtek or any company, there is an easy way to optimize their performance. All you need to do is download a tool that automatically locates, installs and updates every driver of your PC.

It is also important that the right driver should be downloaded based on your operating system. Therefore, if your operating system is Windows-based, download your Windows Driver here. Specifically, click here to download Windows XP Drivers.


Realtek High Definition Audio Codec 32 bit, Version 2.58

March 24th, 2011 No comments

This Realtek HD audio driver package includes: driver setup program, drivers for Vista 32-bitedition, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek SoundEffect Manager, Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use integrated HD audio.

Realtek HD Audio Drivers is the official driver package for integrated HD audio codecs and helps your computer’s drivers improve performance for music and games.

The latest version is 2.58Vista (32 bit). It 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.

Features include:

- Meets Microsoft WLP 3.10 and future WLP audio requirements
- Wave RT based audio function driver for Windows Vista
- Direct Sound 3D compatible
- Multi-band equalizer and various software tools are provided
- Microphone Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Noise Suppression (NS) and Beam Forming (BF) for voice.

This software requires that you have installed the 32 bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.

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 drives for Vista and Windows 7 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/

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/

Troubleshooting RealTek AC97 Drivers

March 14th, 2010 4 comments

RealTek AC97 Troubleshooting

Audio drivers for your computer can come in many different types depending on the computer  and operating system you are using. One typical audio driver that is often found on many PC  systems is the Realtek AC 97 Audio driver. When there are problems with sound from your PC, you will need to troubleshoot your sound card  to find the cause. This can involve many steps so to help with the process of troubleshooting RealTek on your system we have compiled the following steps:

  1. Check the BIOS settingsThe first thing you need to consider when encountering problems with RealTek AC97 is the settings on the BIOS, especially if the computer is newly-bought. The audio controller for your computer may be disabled. You may also encounter this issue when you have recently reset your BIOS settings to defaults, or when you just upgraded or “flashed” your BIOS.To go to the system BIOS, you need to restart your computer. Then, while the computer is performing some memory tests, press the F2 (or delete) key repeatedly until you see the BIOS screen of your computer. The following image shows how the BIOS screen looks like:

    RealTek Bios Settings

    BIOS utilities may differ in interface and parameters, depending on the manufacturer. The above figure displays an AwardBIOS setup utility. If you there is anything unclear with your BIOS setup, consult your manufacturer’s documentation.

  2. Clean the Prefetch and Temp Folders (Windows only)Some temporary files that your operating system has created may prevent your AC97 driver from functioning correctly. In order to remove those files, you may need to log in to your system in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer, and while the system is performing memory tests, press F8 repeatedly until you see the Windows Boot Menu. Select either Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking in the menu. Note that if you see Windows XP loading without displaying the boot menu first, then your computer will enter in normal mode and not in safe mode. You will need to repeat the procedure all over again, until you have successfully entered the Windows Boot menu and selected safe mode as the boot option.You may need to restart the computer after cleaning the prefetch and temp folders.

    Realtek Safe Mode

  3. Reinstall the Device Driver The reinstallation of a device driver generally involves two steps:
      • Uninstallation of the driver
      • Fresh installation of the driver

    To completely reinstall a driver, the uninstallation of the current driver is necessary. This is to ensure that all driver files will be replaced.

    To uninstall the RealTek AC driver, go to the device manager by clicking on Start and giving a right-click on the My Computer or Computer icon. Then, click on Manage. The Computer Management window would appear. Click on Device Manager and the window would display all the devices installed on your computer. Click on the plus (+) sign before Sound, video and game controllers. Right-click on the AC97 audio controller. Then, click Uninstall.

    RealTek device Manager

    There is another way of going to the device manager. Click on Start->Run. Then, type devmgmt.msc. Press enter and these steps will lead you to the same device manager.

    For a Realtek install, you may use the driver installation CD, download the latest RealTek ac97 driver from the manufacturer, or run a system scan to automatically update the RealTek AC97 Drivers. When installing the driver from the CD, simply insert the CD into your optical drive. You will then given the necessary instructions in installing your device driver.

    Alternatively, a RealTek 97 driver download is available at the Realtek website, or at third-party Realtek download sites. You should be able to find there the correct driver for your operating system, especially a Realtek driver for Windows XP. If the downloaded file is in compressed (ZIP format), you will need to extract the ac97 drivers first. Then, simply run the setup application and follow the installation instructions.

    If the controller is missing in device manager, it means that the driver is not currently installed on your computer. Skip the uninstallation phase and proceed with the installation of the driver. If the controller is followed by a yellow question mark (?) or exclamation point (!), there is a problem with the device driver currently installed on the system, and the instructions in this troubleshooting step must be strictly followed.

    Before uninstalling the Realtek driver AC97, make sure you already have a copy of the driver installation files so you wouldn’t end up with a driverless device. Uninstalling the driver for a device would render that device completely unusable by your computer.

    You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Restart right after uninstalling the driver, and after reinstalling it.

    Reinstalling a device driver is a lengthy process. If you don’t want to get involved with this procedure for some reason, you may run this automated driver scanner to install the correct driver for your sound card with less effort on your part. This is particularly useful when the driver CD is missing, or you encounter issues with a Realtek download.

  4. Reinstall the Chipset DriversIn some computer systems, chipset drivers also play a part in the performance of your audio device. If you still encounter a problem with the device after installing the driver, you may need to reinstall your computer’s chipset drivers.To reinstall the chipset drivers, simply follow the instructions as mentioned in the previous troubleshooting step (Reinstall the Device Driver). The only difference is that you need to find where the chipset drivers are located in your device manager. They are usually found under Display Adapters.
  5. Download the Latest Updates for Your Operating SystemIf the device is still not working after performing the steps mentioned above, you may need to perform an update on your operating system. Your operating system will usually notify you if there are critical or important updates that would need to be downloaded and installed on your computer. For windows users, you may update your OS by clicking on Start->Control Panel and then selecting Windows Update.
  6. Test another sound cardIf you have reached to this point in troubleshooting and the device is still not working, you may need to test the functionality of your sound card. Remove your sound card and replace it with a similar device that is known to be in good condition. If the newly-installed sound card solves the issue, the other sound card is faulty and may need to be replaced. Otherwise, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

    If you are using a sound controller integrated into your motherboard, or if there is no alternative sound card available, ignore this troubleshooting step and proceed to the next one.

    Each type of computer has its own architecture. For instructions in removing and installing the sound card for your computer, consult your manufacturer’s or distributor’s documentation.

  7. Reinstall the Entire Operating SystemReinstalling the operating system may not sound good. But if the previous troubleshooting steps did not resolve the issue with the AC97, this procedure may be necessary.

    If this is the first time that you are going to reinstall the operating system, you may need to ask for professional help. Contact one of your computer or operating system manufacturer’s technical support staff for assistance.

    Make sure you backup your important files first before performing this step, since this procedure will wipe out everything in your hard drive.

  8. Flash the BIOSEvery device on your computer has its own driver. But how about the motherboard? The fact is, the BIOS is somewhat the “driver” for your entire motherboard.  It synchronizes almost every hardware installed on your computer system. Flashing the BIOS is similar to updating your operating system e.g. Windows update, etc., except the fact that with this procedure, you are dealing with your BIOS and not with your OS.Before flashing your computer’s BIOS, you will need to determine where your computer system came from. If your computer system is custom-built, visit the manufacturer of your system’s motherboard for the BIOS updater application. If your system is pre-built by computer manufacturers such as Dell, Asus, or HP, visit their website and see if there is an update available.

    Make sure you have performed the previous troubleshooting steps before going on with this procedure. You may skip reinstalling the operating system and do this right away, especially if you do not have the time or the resources needed to install a fresh copy of your OS into your computer. However, this is not advisable. If your BIOS experienced an error during flashing, the process can ruin your motherboard. This is the reason why flashing the BIOS is one of the most feared steps in computer troubleshooting. Should you feel uncomfortable in performing this procedure, you may need to request assistance from professionals.

  9. Replace motherboardProvided that all of the above-mentioned troubleshooting steps have been performed, and the problem still persists, this may mean that your motherboard is unable to handle your AC97 device correctly, and may need to be replaced.