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Sound drivers ~ Display drivers


tal ormanda
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Upon installing 7 I have been using the default audio drivers and recently went to Toshiba's website and got the ones they posted.

Before:

System Information report written at: 10/13/09 22:40:24

System Name: AARON-LAPTOP

[sound Device]

Item Value

Name High Definition Audio Device

Manufacturer Microsoft

Status OK

PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0268&SUBSYS_1179FF66&REV_1000\4&B8B5DF1&0&0001

Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\hdaudio.sys (6.1.7600.16385, 342.00 KB (350,208 bytes), 7/13/2009 8:07 PM)

After:

System Information report written at: 10/13/09 22:49:57

System Name: AARON-LAPTOP

[sound Device]

Item Value

Name Realtek High Definition Audio

Manufacturer Realtek

Status OK

PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0268&SUBSYS_1179FF66&REV_1000\4&B8B5DF1&0&0001

Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\rtkvhd64.sys (6.0.1.5904, 1.88 MB (1,966,624 bytes), 10/13/2009 10:44 PM)

So which ones are better to stick with? The Toshiba one did enable the ability of Stereo Mix in the recording devices which I am happy to have back. Also brings up the note of my display driver, it says it is Driver Version 8.15.10.1872, but on Toshiba's site it says 8.15.10.1808. Did Windows Update give me a generic display driver? How do I know?

Name	Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42&SUBSYS_FF661179&REV_07\3&33FD14CA&0&10
Adapter Type Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family, Intel Corporation compatible
Adapter Description Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Adapter RAM 1.81 GB (1,944,057,856 bytes)
Installed Drivers igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32
Driver Version 8.15.10.1872
INF File oem11.inf (iCNT0 section)
Color Planes Not Available
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1280 x 800 x 59 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32
Memory Address 0xD0000000-0xD03FFFFF
Memory Address 0xC0000000-0xFEBFFFFF
I/O Port 0x00005110-0x00005117
IRQ Channel IRQ 4294967293
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\igdkmd64.sys (8.15.10.1872, 7.03 MB (7,370,176 bytes), 8/13/2009 9:53 PM)

Name Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A43&SUBSYS_FF661179&REV_07\3&33FD14CA&0&11
Adapter Type Not Available, Intel Corporation compatible
Adapter Description Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Adapter RAM Not Available
Installed Drivers igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32
Driver Version 8.15.10.1872
INF File oem11.inf (iCNT1 section)
Color Planes Not Available
Color Table Entries Not Available
Resolution Not Available
Bits/Pixel Not Available
Memory Address 0xD3500000-0xD35FFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\igdkmd64.sys (8.15.10.1872, 7.03 MB (7,370,176 bytes), 8/13/2009 9:53 PM)

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su...mily=1073768663

Edited by tal ormanda
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Windows usually includes a basic driver that will enable basic functionality.. no control panel settings, mixers, configuration, etc. hdaudio.sys is a generic driver for HD Audio sound cards. IMHO you should keep the proper Realtek driver from Toshiba or from Realtek's website. As for the display driver, the drivers you get from Windows Update (or Microsoft Update Catalog) are full drivers, but drivers from the catalog don't always include an installer (has to be installed through Device Manager or done for you thru Windows Update ). You just got a newer version than Toshiba posted. My OEM (HP) stopped posting drivers updates for my laptop a long time ago, I get updated drivers from Windows Update/Microsoft Update Catalog, they are the exact same in functionality. Microsoft didn't make the drivers, the respective manufacturer did, they are distributed through Toshiba's website or Windows Update.

Edited by redxii
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I don't know if that's the only thing, my particular laptop also uses the generic audio driver at first for hd audio but I need a display driver as well, or I can't set the desktop to 1280x800 and everything will be a slideshow because the generic driver is so slow.

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