Re: Installing downloaded drivers :o[

Re: Installing downloaded drivers :o[


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Posted by Henry on June 09, 2001 at 12:21:22:

In Reply to: Installing downloaded drivers :o[ posted by G. Labelle on June 08, 2001 at 13:07:12:


Your questions are not easy to answer in a Forum such as this, but I will try. I STRONGLY suggest that you find someone who can help you directly - like one of the computer folks at work - or a neighbor. You seem to be beyond the very basics but I can't tell how far.

When downloading files I direct the downloader to put them where I want them in the first place. In your case, part of getting them moved and installed is not very complicated, part may be. You may not need to move your files at all, but you MIGHT like to make a directory for each of them, say c:\HP Drivers, c:\Video Driver and c:\BIOS Update or whatever you choose. Regardless of where the files are located they are probably zipped up. Files with "zip" extension need to be unzipped with something like pkunzip or winzip or similar unzipper. Files with "exe" extension are probably self extracting (self unzipping) files and you just need to make them run. Move files from the temporary directory to your driver directories by dragging and dropping - if you are not familiar with this just get into windows help (click start, click help) and search for "drag"; there are a lot of entries; read them.

When you have all of the drivers in their directories, without the zip parts things get more complicated. Some drivers can be installed over the old drivers and others cannot, there may be some directions, like readme files, in the zipped up file.

Your HP drivers should be the least troublesome - you should be able to install them directly because you (apparently) don't have the drivers installed now. Follow the instructions that came with your drivers or posted on HP's web site. You may need your windows CD for this.

Video drivers could be for an onboard vga chip (chip on the mainboard) or it could be drivers for the chips on an expansion card. If video is working and you have the resolution you want on the screen - forget about those drivers. Install them if you are having video problems or you can't get the resolution you want (be sure the feature can provide what you want first). If you need to install video drivers you may need to uninstall the old ones first (use device manager to remove the device - click start, click settings, click control panel, double click system, click device manager tab) then reboot so windows will discover the "new" hardware and help you install the right drivers (this is where you tell windows where to find the drivers - so you need to know that, too). You may need your windows CD for this, too.

I assume that "AMI" drivers would be your BIOS "update". Get your BIOS update and flasher program from your mainboard maker, usually the safest source. The BIOS "update" MUST match your mainboard maker, model and revision - ANY mismatch can impair one or more functions or stop it functioning altogether. DO NOT UPDATE YOUR BIOS WITHOUT A COMPELLING REASON TO DO SO. Thee are MANY, MANY posts on this and other Forums about misflashed BIOS.

WHY do you think you need a BIOS "update"? You only need a BIOS update if your computer has a problem that the "update" fixes, your mainboard maker suggests or requires it or if the "update" provides features that you "MUST HAVE". If you ever attempt to "update" your BIOS make sure that you have a copy of the old BIOS saved in a safe place before you do the deed; you MAY need to go back to the old version.

Hope this helps - really think you need someone to help you directly.

Good Luck,
Henry



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