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I'm lost is a Sea of Asrock and Drivers

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September 26, 2013 3:13:56 PM

I have just recently looked into building my own computer, I'm no genius so this was a daunting task. Yet, after all was said and done, it actually worked!

However, now my problem is that I chose the Asrock z77 extreme4 motherboard and the drivers listed on their site are more confusing than wiring the computer, and that's saying something.

I could use some beginner and basic instruction on which ones I want and how to get them properly set up so I don't break anything.

Here is the link to the list of drivers, I had at least found that... http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Down...

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a c 76 V Motherboard
September 26, 2013 3:17:27 PM

drivers for what? use the ones on the disc that comes with the motherboard. why confuse yourself?
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September 26, 2013 3:18:27 PM

The drivers on the disk are classified as older and outdated. But are they still the ones I actually want?
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a c 76 V Motherboard
September 26, 2013 3:22:08 PM

older than what? older than the motherboard? stop reading so much.
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September 26, 2013 3:24:53 PM

What? I have been looking into and reading up on all of the parts. And it is recommended that driver updates be installed from the creator of the part in question. This ensures an up-to-date process... or something like that.

I'm just confused to say the least. I just want this guy up and running straight as an arrow.
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a c 79 V Motherboard
September 26, 2013 3:26:52 PM

You'll definitely want to install:

Intel INF
Intel Management Engine
Intel VGA
Intel USB3 & ASMedia USB3 (two separate controllers to power more USB3 ports than the Intel chipset natively supports, hence an ASMedia chip is added)
Broadcom LAN
Realtek audio

Install RapidConnect, RapidStart to ensure all devices are installed properly and there are no errors,

You don't need
SATA floppy image (only needed if OS doens't support the SATA controller on installation)
AppCharger
The stuff under "Utilities" can safely be ignored

Install the drivers, reboot, do windows updates, install your stuff, be happy...


CIR (infrared receiver) driver only needed if you actually install the (optional) remote control


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a c 79 V Motherboard
September 26, 2013 3:30:12 PM

The drivers on the disk will work, though the ones on the website might be more recent. Drivers are frequently updated to correct bugs or improve performance, though the bugs are usually not frequently encountered and performance gains are modest in most cases.

If you have a separate video card, those drivers need to be installed also - you'll want to run off that card for best performance. IF you don't have/need one, nevermind.
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September 26, 2013 3:30:21 PM

OK, and is it a wise idea to install them in that order? A part of my research said, "go for the chip set first." And Asrock doesn't make it's products idiot-proof.

Nividia is pretty calm with their downloads, so getting that one doesn't have me worried. Plus I need my motherboard set up first.
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September 26, 2013 3:33:27 PM

now I'm confused>>>>>>>> OP, all you'll ever need is on that disc. it's okay to read stuff and watch videos. but lets not go nuts or get paranoid.

anything else you can get from windows update........ which is where you have to go anyways......./graphics card company/that's about it to get you going properly.

after that you might need drivers for printers or other............... that's all after the fact.
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September 26, 2013 3:34:00 PM

Your computer won't blow up and collapse into a black hole if drivers are installed in the "wrong" order, though it's good practice to do chipset, Management Engine, than stuff in any order after that.

Drivers often want to reboot after installation, though it's fine to cancel them, wait till all the drivers are in then do one reboot (as opposed to a dozen unnecessary reboots)
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September 26, 2013 3:34:53 PM

I have the same board. The only drivers I install are the Broadcom LAN driver and the 2 USB 3.0 (Asmedia/Intel) drivers. Everything else I've found don't make any quality/performance/stability difference. Hope this helps.
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September 26, 2013 3:35:50 PM

As is said here, don't sweat it too much. Some of the stuff on the driver website is unnecessary to run the PC (which I itemized). The rest of it should work.

swifty_morgan said:
now I'm confused>>>>>>>> OP, all you'll ever need is on that disc. it's okay to read stuff and watch videos. but lets not go nuts or get paranoid.

anything else you can get from windows update........ which is where you have to go anyways......./graphics card company/that's about it to get you going properly.

after that you might need drivers for printers or other............... that's all after the fact.


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September 26, 2013 3:41:18 PM

And I just want to install the ones you had listed prior? No issues would arise from not getting an oddball?

As for not just using the disk, it only has a "install all" button, and some of the parts in there are odder things like Google Chrome and the Google Home bar. Not exactly the drivers I was hoping for.
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September 26, 2013 3:43:23 PM

It's usually best to use the most recent drivers for the hardware, but it isn't absolutely neccessary. I also agree, the AsRock driver website sucks.
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September 26, 2013 3:47:45 PM

Frozen Phoenix said:
And I just want to install the ones you had listed prior? No issues would arise from not getting an oddball?

As for not just using the disk, it only has a "install all" button, and some of the parts in there are odder things like Google Chrome and the Google Home bar. Not exactly the drivers I was hoping for.


Hell, I only listed all of them out for the sake of completeness. Windows Update does pick up many drivers, though not all. WIndows (since Vista) includes ":basic" audio drivers like its "basic" video drivers though I recommend getting the proper drivers for the sound chip for full functionality and optimal performance. For instance, I saw a laptop with an integrated FM tuner which didn't work with the basic Windows driver.

As to the "install all" button, that can be ignored to skip some random crap they try to throw in there
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September 26, 2013 4:00:25 PM

Ok, so final check before I do anything. The drivers listed are the ones I would need to have my computer run much smoother and proper...

Intel INF
Intel Management Engine
Intel VGA
Intel USB3 & ASMedia USB3 (two separate controllers to power more USB3 ports than the Intel chipset natively supports, hence an ASMedia chip is added)
Broadcom LAN
Realtek audio

After getting those, I should be able to restart and go hunting for my video card driver and then put in my anti-virus and get window's updates?

Swifty_Morgan had it right in a way, I'm beyond paranoid right now. SO, is that all that must be done, and I shouldn't do the install all on the disk?
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September 26, 2013 4:02:36 PM

Yes, that will get you going.
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a c 76 V Motherboard
September 26, 2013 4:13:33 PM

just use the disc.

rule #1, and it also applies to the BIOS............... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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September 26, 2013 4:14:11 PM

Ok then, let's see what happens.
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September 26, 2013 8:20:02 PM

It would seem like choosing the drivers you recommended has worked well. Now I just have to sit through 4 days of windows updates, still the hazards of computer building.

Thank you for helping me, those drivers had me up a wall, Asrock may have to rethink their site and the way to download their drivers.
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