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January 9, 2012 1:46:56 PM

I just wanted to see if anyone could give me some advice on drivers updates. I have downloaded a few "free" driver up-daters in the past that have indicated that there are drivers on my system that need to be update and offer to do so if I buy the product.

I am wondering, are their any truly free alternatives. If so what are they?
If there are no free alternatives, which of the paid for versions are actually trustworthy?

I have been told by games a few times that my graphics card drivers are out of date however when I runt he manual scan they come up as current (though the date on the properties window says 2008!). Anyone have advice?

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January 9, 2012 2:59:26 PM

If everything is working well, you don't need any updates. Most likely you will just end up with problems. What model is the video card?

Don't pay for any driver updating software -- you can download individual updates as needed for free from the manufacturer of the computer or specific device.

edit: and welcome to the forums! :) 
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January 9, 2012 5:49:12 PM

Thanks for the response. The graphics card on my laptop is ATI Radeon HD 3200. The driver date is 10/12/2008 and the driver version is 8.563.0.0.

The main reason I am looking into this is that I recently installed Star Trek Online and it is saying that I appear to be running an older video card driver.
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January 9, 2012 5:53:31 PM

You can update your driver from ATI by going HERE and selecting notebook graphics, mobility HD3XXX, and your Operating system.

edit: my bad you said notebook -- the latest update is 9/28/2010, they direct you to the OEM sites. What is your laptop brand and model?

Uninstall the current driver before installing the new one.
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January 9, 2012 6:26:11 PM

Perfect! Thanks very much for the help.
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January 9, 2012 6:34:57 PM

Update your own drivers.This is the best way to go.
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April 9, 2012 10:55:18 PM

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April 9, 2012 10:55:18 PM

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