Archive for October, 2009

Video Drivers and their Importance

Video drivers need to be specific to the video card, also known as a graphics card or display adapter. If you are installing a graphics card in to your system, you should first check to make sure it will be compatible with your motherboard. Conflicts, while rare if you are using up-to-date components, can occur and can be difficult to handle.

The graphics card you have purchased should have been supplied with its own video drivers in form of either a CD or floppy disk. The video drivers can be installed in your operating system after you have inserted the card in to the motherboard.

The video drivers will enable you to configure the graphics on your system correctly and set the colors and refresh rate to the video card’s limits. A graphic card or video card will require video drivers to enable the card to send the graphics to the processor and then to your monitor or other viewing component.

Some operating systems will have a list of video cards in the device manager to choose from. You can also match up your card by its manufacturer and model number. The operating system will use the video drivers in which it has stored to enable your graphics to function correctly.

Video Drivers for On-Board Video

Video drivers for on board video should have been supplied with the system board or motherboard, whatever you want to call it. There is no card to remove; the video graphics are actually built right in to the board itself. This allows for more open slots for other type of expansion cards.

Video drivers can be found within the operating system in this case as well. If you can not choose a manufacture or model number, the operating system would just automatically pick up the video drivers and load them as the default.

If you are still in need of video drivers for your onboard video, you would check to make sure you do not have the motherboard driver CD; this would be where you find the drivers. If the CD can not be located, you can download video drivers from the internet from the manufacturer’s site. There are some instances where you can not locate the board manufacturer. In this case you would want to do a search for it on the internet. Include in your search video drivers, so that you would have the correct ones available to you.

How to Update Video Drivers

Video drivers should be updated often either (1) by using the automatic update software that was available when installing the graphics card, (2) by going to the manufacturer’s site and checking for updates, or (3) using third-party software like DriverFinder™ to automatically update not just your video drivers but any and outdated or corrupt driver on your system.

With the changing face of gaming and other graphic software, such as photo editors, and graphing or blueprinting software, the need for updates are quite frequent (almost inevitable really). And as manufacturers try to keep up by releasing new products and/or new features to existing products, we just have to ensure that  we have access to most updated video drivers out there.

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Universal ABIT Drivers

abit drivers Formerly known as ABIT, Universal Abit is a manufacturer of computer and motherboard components. Headquartered in Taiwan, the company’s core product line of motherboards is geared towards the overclocker market of PC enthusiasts. Along with intangible properties, such as patents and trademarks, the ABIT brand name was purchased by Universal Scientific Industrial in May 2006 due to the company’s financial woes.

ABIT was officially established in 1989 and by 1991, the company had become the fastest growing motherboard manufacturer on the market with sales exceeding $10,000.000. In 2000, they relocated to a new headquarters in Neihu, Taipei and opened a state of the art factory in Suzhou China. It is said that the number of ABIT motherboard sales doubled between 2000 and 2001.

Over the years, the company has enjoyed tremendous success under Universal Abit and the original name. ABIT is well known for introducing AB-BX133, a 133 MHz FBS operation design for the Intel BX Chipset. It also achieved symmetric multiprocessing operation for the Intel Mendocino Celeron CPU with its ABIT BP6 motherboard. In 2004, the company publicly launched the OTES cooling system, a heat pipe-based cooling system designed to reduce heat from the motherboard’s voltage regulators or chipset and expel from the system via the rear I/O panel. At Computex 2008, Universal Abit introduced the world to the FunFab P80 Digital Photo Frame and Printer. This device marked the first digital photo frame integrated with a premium quality printer that offered the ability to connect seamlessly with a mobile phone.

After a long run in the business, Universal Abit announced that it would cease to develop ABIT motherboards at the end of 2008. It is speculated that the company desires to move away from the enthusiast hardware audience and into the consumer electronics market. While this is definitely sad news, you can still receive support for your ABIT motherboards under warranty conditions.

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