Archive for December, 2009

Acer Incorporated Drivers

AcerOriginally founded in 1976, Acer Incorporated is a global manufacturer of electronics. They may proudly boast that they are the largest franchised retail computer chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Acer is also one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world, coming in third behind HP and Dell. The Acer product line is impressive, consisting of desktops, laptops, PDAs, network servers, storage facilities, peripherals, and displays for government, education, corporate and home users.

From humble beginnings, Acer started with $25,000 in capital and a mere 11 employees. Today, the manufacturer has the reach to market its IT products to customers across the world. Their business model consists of partnerships with industry-leading companies, offering the flexibility needed to conform to the fast changing IT market trends. The Acer infrastructure is designed to enable further success by minimizing operating expense and increasing profitability.

Acer branched off their manufacturing operation as Winstron Corporation in 2000, placing an emphasis on the branding business. Utilizing the best distribution channels to support the sales of its massive product lines, the company quickly became a worldwide entity. By 2002, Acer employed an estimated 39,000 people, supporting distributors and vendors in more than 100 countries. That same year, the manufacturer’s revenues reach $12.9 billion. Acer continued to grow at a rapid rate and by 2005, the company had approximately 7,800 employees located throughout the world. In 2008, the company reached another milestone as the sale of Acer notebook computers surpassed both Dell and HP. Although the company’s North American market share has declined over the past several years, its European share has continued to climb considerably.

Acer’s success in the computer manufacturer market is attributed to its commanding position in the Acer Group. This family consists of Acer, eMachines, Gateway and Packard Bell. A successful merger with Gateway in 2007 and Packard Bell in 2008 completed the group’s global footprint, giving the company the ability further strengthen its presence across the United States, Europe and beyond.

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3DLABS Semiconductor Drivers

Untitled-1 copyAs a fabless semiconductor company, 3DLABS Semiconductor manufactures the DMS product line of fully programmable media-rich processors geared towards the embedded and handheld markets.

Based in Sunnyvale, California, the company was established from a buy-out of Dupont Pixel Systems in 1994, the company later went public in 1996. As an earlier pioneer in delivering 3D graphics to the personal computer, 3DLADS processors helped revolutionize the market with the GLINT 300SX graphics processor, the industry’s first single-chip 3D-enabled graphics device. The company continued its innovative ways with Gamma, the first-chip graphics geometry designed for the PC, and catered to budgeting customers with Permedia, the first entry-level priced OpenGL accelerator. Formerly a member of the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, 3DLABS played an integral role in the development of OpenGL 2.0 and the continuous evolution of the OpenGL API.

3DLABS DMS processors are built on a multi-core architecture. This low-power structure includes dual ARM cores for handling basic CPU tasks along with a fully programmable SIMD array processor to handle the heavy lifting for demanding media processing tasks such as 2D and 3D graphics, image processing and floating point. The first 3DLABS DMS processor was launched in November of 2006, offering support for devices equipped with embedded Linux 2.6.

With the introduction of DMS processors, 3DLABS made the decision to halt the development of its workstation graphics cards for the PC. Instead, the company has totally committed its focus to its low-power, media-rich application processors. While the manufacturer no longer develops or sells PC graphics cards, it still offers support for legacy graphics cards under warranty conditions. A number of 3DLABS drivers can be downloaded from the company website.

It has been a long and prosperous road for 3DLABS and its feature-rich product line. As technology continues to evolve, this company is sure to play a leading role deploying additional lines of innovative products.

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3Dfx Drivers

28_1_fullOriginally founded in 1994 and based in San Jose, California, 3Dfx Interactive was a company that manufactured graphics accelerator chips and arcade game subsystems. While the company introduced various products, its claim to fame was the Voodoo Graphics processor line, which is still used in a wide variety of products today.

3Dfx earned notoriety is due to its success in the arcade game market. In those days, arcades were the best place to witness the latest innovations in 3D gaming technology firsthand. The first game the 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics card was implemented in was Ice Home Run Derby. Later in the same year, the company made its presence known in other popular titles that included Atari’s San Francisco Rush and Wayne Gretzy’s 3D Hockey. 3Dfx received a considerable amount of attention from the media due to the instant popularity of these graphically enhanced titles. Unfortunately, the company’s demise would come just four short years later.

The 3dfx Voodoo Graphics chip had an impressive run, ranging from the VooDoo Graphics PCI (VooDoo 1) all the way up to the VooDoo 5 series. Heading into the millennium, the company fell on hard financial times and its demise seemed imminent. Tied up in legal issues and bankruptcy proceedings, 3dfx was purchased and acquired by leading graphics card manufacturer Nvidia in 2000. Announcing that it would not provide support for 3dfx products, support for 3dfx drivers and Voodoo hardware has since been handled by various third-parties.

The fall of 3dfx can be attributed to bad business practices and much stiffer competition on the market. Sadly, the company has a number of products that failed to be released due to the Nvidia acquisition. Fortunately, you can still get support for your 3dfx drivers and files from a number of credible sources on the web.

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How to Control Driver Installation in Windows 7

People who have used Windows a bit longer are familiar with the concept of hardware and device drivers. Device drivers are critical software components that make sure your computer can communicate with all hardware devices.

As an example, without a printer driver,  your printer and computer cannot relate to each other and thus, you cannot print anything.

Now, by default, Windows supports a lot of hardware, but not ALL hardware. A lot of drivers are available for Windows XP, and the same is true for Windows Vista. Windows 7 now claims to support even more hardware by default, but that does not mean things will always work with the default drivers.

Controlling how devices are installed in Windows 7 can help solve driver problems. Instead of using the default drivers, you can instruct Windows 7 to handle device installation in a less automated way, giving you control about the specific driver to install.

Basically, you want to tell Windows 7 which drivers to use specifically and not just any ‘default driver’.

Firstly, open the Control Panel, and then select View devices and printers under the heading Hardware and Sound.

Now right-click your computer icon and in the pop-up menu, select Device installation settings, as shown below.

device driver installation

This will bring up the Device Installations Settings dialog box, which controls how the drivers from Windows Update are used on your Windows 7 computer.

Assuming you want to disable the use of drivers from Windows Update, change the default section from Yes, do this automatically (recommended) to No, let me choose what to do.

Next, select Never install driver software from Windows Update.

install device driver

Click Save Changes to save the new settings.

Do keep in mind that this should only be used if the driver that is installed by Windows Update is giving you problems and you want to manually install a different driver. Good luck!

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DriverFinder Support for Windows 7

In keeping with its goal of always providing the best for its clients, DriverFinder is Windows® 7 compatible.

windows 7San Francisco, CA – December 3, 2009 — DriverFinder, the fastest, safest, and easiest way to update your device drivers, is Windows® 7 compatible.

People who want to upgrade to the latest Windows® 7 operating system, can do so knowing that they can easily find compatible drivers using DriverFinder. Further, the program can be used on both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The 64-bit architecture allows users to address and use over 4GB of RAM (memory) in Windows®. With memory becoming cheaper and cheaper, more computers come with larger amounts of memory. As a result, 64-bit versions of Windows® 7 come pre-installed.

In the past, 64-bit versions of drivers have always been problematic due to limited use of these architectures in Windows® XP and Vista. Since Windows® 7 seems to be more easily adopted by users, hardware manufacturers are expected to provide more 64-bit driver versions.

And as such, you need a driver update utility such as DriverFinder to detect and find those 64-bit drivers for you.

Here are the other operating systems supported by DriverFinder:
Windows 2000, Windows XP (32- and 64-bit) and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit).

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