Posts Tagged ‘drivers’

How to Update Intel Hardware Drivers

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Although there’s a lot to be said for the old, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” philosophy, it’s still nice to know how this is done … just in case.

Intel Driver Update Utility is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to search for, download, and install Intel driver updates. It is usually a good idea to keep drivers up to date, especially if newer drivers improve the old or add new features that you may be interested in. While there is certainly something to “never change a running system” as well, driver updates may improve a component’s performance, stability or other parameters such as temperature.


Event Monitor Service for Windows

Monday, March 7th, 2016

If you need to keep an extremely close watch on your PC (or PCs,) this service can notify you when files are deleted, DLLs are loaded, registry changes are made and when other potential signs of trouble are detected.

Event Monitor Service is a free (for personal use) program for Windows that monitors important system events such as file deletions or Registry changes. As the name suggests, a service is installed when you hit the supplied install.bat batch file which starts to operate as soon as it has been created. There is also an uninstall.bat file which you can make use of to remove the service again from operating systems it was installed on previously.


Why are nvbackend.exe and nvstreamsvc.exe Running in the Background?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

An intelligent answer to an intelligent question …

Video card driver packages ship with a truckload of programs and drivers of which only some are required to operate the card at maximum performance. When it comes to Nvidia cards, it is recommended to update drivers regularly as they may improve the performance or stability of the video card.


Backing Up and Restoring Windows Drivers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Here’s a neat trick … which you might want to consider using before running that program that eliminates allegedly obsolete drivers.

The hardware driver support in Windows 7 is just fantastic, especially with consumer hardware with more and more companies submitting their drivers for official certification from Microsoft than ever before.  This not only means driver support on the Windows 7 installation DVD, but also through Windows Update.  You can still find computers however for which the driver support is lacking, my own laptop, the Dell M6600 is a great example of this where the drivers for the graphics (both internal Intel and nVidia), USB3, biometrics, touch-panel, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and SD Card reader are not installed automatically by Windows, nor by Windows Update.  Each one requires a driver download from the Dell website (which is annoying!)


How to Update Hardware Drivers in Windows

Friday, April 29th, 2011

This is a very helpful article … and the author also makes a good point about checking to make sure that you’re not “updating” to an older version of each driver.

A driver, or hardware driver, is needed so that computer devices like the mouse, monitor or video card, can communicate with the operating system. The Windows operating system ships with a huge number of drivers, which means that some users do not have to install a single third party driver to get all of their hardware properly working during and after installation.


Chrome does Not Play Well with Outdated Graphics Card Drivers

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I hope my 14-year-old gamer son doesn’t read this. If he does, then the next time he walks by while I’m using Chrome, I’m sure to get a lecture …

PC gamers know that they need to update their graphics card drivers frequently to improve performance, compatibility and stability. Not everyone is a gamer though and there are users who have never updated the graphics driver and other system drivers in their life. These users specifically may experience issues with Google Chrome’s hardware acceleration feature.