How good are these driver programs that you see on the web? I tried Driver Reviver and it's telling me that my Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller is out of date and there was one updated on the 02/01/2012. Isn't this covered under the chipset update and if so I went to Intel's web site and Asus's cause that's my mobo's manufactor and there both up to date. It's the Asus P7P55D-E Pro which uses the Intel P55 Xpress Chipset.
Also there's 5 Drivers that it's showing that are outdated. They are PCI Standard PCI-to-PCI Bridge and it says the provider is Microsoft and they've been outdated since 06-01-2010. All 5 of them are this, and yet if I go to Windows Update and check I don't have any updates. I'm currently using Windows 7 64bit.
I assume the updates that you only see on your Mobo's support site our ones that they have approved for that mobo but are they always the most up to date?
While I'm unable to comment on the accuracy or performance of other driver updating programs, I can offer my inputs on ReviverSoft's Driver Reviver.
Driver Reviver is powered by a central driver database that sources its driver updates from the repositories of various hardware manufacturers. This is how the program manages to offer the latest, stable driver updates for hardware devices.
Why doesn't Windows or the Motherboard manufacturer show driver updates, when Driver Reviver does?
- Motherboard manufacturers tend to offer updates only for crucial hardware components because they first need to source the drivers from the OEMs (eg. Intel) and customize it before they can list it on their website.
- Microsoft on the other hand, requires hardware manufactures to submit their driver updates for compatibility testing and certification, before they can be offered to Windows users via Windows Updates. This process takes time and it doesn't make sense for a hardware manufacturer to do this for all device drivers, which is why they only it do it for a drivers/devices that are widely used and are crucial to the computer's performance and reliability.
Why doesn't Intel (the OEM here) show driver updates for the chipset, when Driver Reviver does?
- It is possible that you were looking up the wrong chipset or if a generic driver update was made available for chipsets belonging to the same family (series).
That said, if it is an incorrect detection at our end, we take it very seriously and make every effort to fix it right away. So it is important you use Driver Reviver's Report Feedback feature (scan results window) to report your observations and have our Dev team investigate further.
Hope this addresses your concerns here.
Can look up the wrong chipset when I'm using Intel's on program to look that up for me.? Don't think so. And the info provided by your program is very vague.
The PCI Standard PCI-to-PCI Bridge drivers which your program claims to be outdated shows that the provider is Microsoft and that it was originally installed on 06-21-2006 and the new version was on 06-1-2010. So your telling me that Microsoft has had these hidden all this time? Maybe they weren't approved and if that's the case why is your program telling me I need to update some secret driver that they never put up.
It doesn't even give a driver version number to compare either.