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 Post subject: Yet another question re: chipset "drivers" (.inf files)
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:45 pm 
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Hi Scott,

I read your Understanding and Updating Chipset "drivers" article and think I got it pretty well down. My understanding is that the .inf install utility is only needed if the operating system didn't detect a device (in device manager).

When I clean install Windows 7 to my T61 ThinkPad all the devices are detected by Windows (no yellow warnings in Dev Mgr). So in this situation there is no point in running the Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility if I understand correctly.

Would the Intel .inf files have more accurate information on the devices than the Microsoft ones on the Windows install disk and if so does it matter?

Just wanted to clear this up, I think many people think they have to run the intel .inf install utility even if the OS install recognizes all or most of the chipset components.

Thank you!
Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another question re: chipset "drivers" (.inf files)
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:26 pm 
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I think you've got it. The .inf utility is only necessary if the version of Windows you are using post-dates the release of the chipset on the motherboard. I have never seen an instance where the .inf utility had more "accurate" information, however running it can't hurt so if you are unsure I'd say just go ahead and run it to be sure. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another question re: chipset "drivers" (.inf files)
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:02 am 
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Alright, thank you Scott! :D


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