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Motherboard, Sound, and Other Drivers

By Talinok
Apr 14, 2006
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  1. All right... Before I get started, I want to make sure that you all know I'm only so-so with computers, and a complete noobie to these forums :( So - This being my first post here, I've read through the forum rules, the stickies, and a few other posts, and I don't think I'll be breaking any forum posting rules, but if I do, please let me know :)

    I am getting all the software/drivers that I need for a reformat of my computer, and I need help with the Motherboard, Sound, and (possibly) BIOS drivers (Did I miss any other important drivers? - I already have the video card driver)...

    Anyways - I have no idea where to download them, or even what motherboard/sound card that I have (Remember - I'm a noobie :()

    I'm willing to open up my computer and look where someone tells me, etc., and I'm sorry this'll be a pain for someone, but I really need help with this - Anyone willing to guide me through this?

    Thanks in advance for your time!
    (And sorry for the long post)
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Download and run the free Everest programme from HERE. It will give you lots of information about your system.

    Once you`ve identified what motherboard(mobo) you have, go to your mobo manufacturers website for the drivers.

    As for your soundcard, a lot depends on whether you`ve got onboard sound or a separate sound card.

    If Everest says your soundcard is something like AC97, then this is onboard sound and you can get the drivers from your mobo manufacturers site.

    Otherwise you would get the sound drivers from your soundcard manufacturers website.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  3. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Thank you very much! Glad to be here...

    Also - What about BIOS drivers? Should I even bother?

    And - Did I miss any other important drivers that I would need? Besides Motherboard, Sound, BIOS, and Video, of course...
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    No you don`t need any drivers for the bios. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Sorry - Didn't mean BIOS drivers - Just meant to ask if I should upgrade my BIOS version...?
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    If your system is running fine, there`s no need to flash the bios. You should never flash a bios, unless there`s a very good reason to do so.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    OK - I won't do that then...

    And - Downloaded EVEREST, found my motherboard info, etc...

    Problem is that I click the link to bring me to the Driver Download for each of the products (Motherboard and VIA AC97 Audio), and it brings me to:

    Motherboard: A website the uses Chinese characters that I can't understand, and...

    Audio: A website that I need to further specify something about my audio, and it's not something that shows up on EVEREST
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Give me your mobo make and model and I`ll see if I can find and direct you to the drivers page in english.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 2166 MHz (13 x 167) 3000+
    Motherboard Name Jetway Polaris 400/V400ADB/V400ADBL/V400DA/V400DAP/V400DAZ/V500DA/V500DAP/V600DA/V600DAP
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT400
    System Memory 1024 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (10/07/03)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)


    Heh...
     
  10. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

  11. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    And... A quote from a FAQ in another place...

    "Also take a look at how outdated your bios is, and consider an update. If there have been 3 or 4 revisions since the one you have currently installed, it is probably best to update."

    (My computer does frequently reboot, BSOD, etc., and that's why I'm doing the fresh install and all new drivers)

    Would it really be that hard to update my BIOS? It's pretty old... Heh...
     
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    What an awful website. Take a look HERE for your drivers.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  13. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Just wondering... The top of that website said V500DA, and the label on the inside of my computer says V400DBL - Should I still download the stuff from that website?
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Leave the bios update untill you have fininshed the reinstall, then see if you still get problems. Your BSOD`s might have something to do with your bios version, but it could also be caused by something else entirely.

    Speaking of BSOD`s. Go HERE and follow the instructions.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  15. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Read that one already =D

    Hehe...
     
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    No hang on, I`m searching for that model number, but as yet am unable to find it.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  17. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I can`t find any downloads for the V400DBL mobo.

    Maybe you should try www.driverguide.com.

    Sometimes you think things are gonna be easy, only to find out it`s a bloody nightmare.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  18. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Yeah - I've been looking for this stuff for a couple of days straight, after school of course - It's been an nightmare =(
     
  19. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I`ve found your mobo model on this page HERE. Unfortunately, everytime I click on it, I get a 404 error with the website. I`ve tried with Firefox and IE. Maybe the website is having difficulties. See if you have better luck.

    It might be a good idea to try and contact Jetway and see if they can help.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  20. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    No such luck for me either...

    Guess I'll try contacting Jetway?!
     
  21. Talinok

    Talinok TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    And - Any ideas about my Chipset/Sound Drivers? (They're both made by VIA)
     
  22. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    They are all related to your mobo. Ideally you should download them from your mobo manufacturers website, but we know the problems with that don`t we? lol.

    Like I said, it might be a good idea to try www.Driverguide.com. You`ll have to register, but it is quite useful in finding hard to get drivers.

    Regards Howard :)
     
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