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Should I upgrade motherboardrivers after new graphic card?

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

    Should I upgrade motherboardrivers after new graphic card?


    My pc is running windows 7 - 64 bit ultimate. I upgraded the motherboard of my PC in 2011 with second generation i3 processor and 4GB RAM. It has integrated intel graphics already.
    Today I installed new Kingston DDR3 4GB RAM. My pc has detected it and running fine.


    I also installed ZOTAC NVIDIA GT 730 (2GB) DDR5 Graphics Card in its PCI slot.




    My motherboard is ECS (model H61H2-M2)
    Here are the full specifications





    Here are full specifications of CPU


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    After installing the graphics card, I downloaded and installed the latest drivers from the official nvidia geforce website.


    My PC has accepted the graphics card perfectly and I am experiencing a nice boost in the performance.




    I have been running old drivers of my motherboard which were available in 2011 without any trouble. Should I download new drivers for chipset and other parts? Updated drivers of year 2013 are available on the ECS website. Moreover, updated intel integrated drivers are also available.


    I tried updating the BIOS too of my motherboard, but I got the ROM files error.


    I am planning to upgrade to windows 8.1. ECS guys are saying that they added special support for windows 8 in the new BIOS.


    Should I upgrade my BIOS as well?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 46
    windows8


    If nothing wrong with your system, don't upgrade anything, just leave it alone.
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  3. #3


    If nothing wrong with your system, don't upgrade anything, just leave it alone.
    In other words, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

    With the possible exception of graphics drivers, I don't update drivers or the BIOS just because new versions are out there. It is important to note that most motherboard updates simply add support for new hardware or features that came out after the motherboard left the factory. For example, for new CPUs or new RAM. If you are not using one of those new CPUs, you don't need the new driver/BIOS. Updating the BIOS is a very risky procedure. An untimely power fluctuation, for example, can brick you motherboard. While this is rare these days, it still happens so why risk it if you don't need the update? Updating drivers are less risky than flashing the BIOS, but can still cause problems - depending on the device.

    What you need to do is read the read-me or change log file and see what the updates do. If they address a problem you are having or a security issue (very rare), then update. If a new driver adds Windows 8.1 support, then I would probably update before upgrading the OS. But at this point in time, I really see no reason to update to W8.1. Why not go all the way to W10?

    Regardless, be sure to backup your computer before any major driver/BIOS/OS update.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    If nothing wrong with your system, don't upgrade anything, just leave it alone.
    In other words, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

    With the possible exception of graphics drivers, I don't update drivers or the BIOS just because new versions are out there. It is important to note that most motherboard updates simply add support for new hardware or features that came out after the motherboard left the factory. For example, for new CPUs or new RAM. If you are not using one of those new CPUs, you don't need the new driver/BIOS. Updating the BIOS is a very risky procedure. An untimely power fluctuation, for example, can brick you motherboard. While this is rare these days, it still happens so why risk it if you don't need the update? Updating drivers are less risky than flashing the BIOS, but can still cause problems - depending on the device.

    What you need to do is read the read-me or change log file and see what the updates do. If they address a problem you are having or a security issue (very rare), then update. If a new driver adds Windows 8.1 support, then I would probably update before upgrading the OS. But at this point in time, I really see no reason to update to W8.1. Why not go all the way to W10?

    Regardless, be sure to backup your computer before any major driver/BIOS/OS update.
    Windows 10 gives troubles with some drivers in some machines, so I want to play safe with Windows 8.1.

    Can I run a perfect thorough check with some software for knowing drivers incompatibilities with Windows 10?


    My motherboard is 5 years old. Therefore I wanna be sure before I take the leap to Windows 10.
    Last edited by archz2; 29 Jun 2016 at 09:31.
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    Windows 10 gives troubles with some drivers in some machines, so I want to play safe with Windows 8.1.
    Windows 8.1 gives troubles with some drivers in some machines so the same logic would apply there. The fact of the matter is, by far, the vast majority of W7 systems upgraded to W10 with no problems.

    There is no such thing as a "perfect" thorough check. That would sure be nice but because virtually every single one of the 1.5 billion windows computers out there becomes unique within the first few minutes after it is booted up the very first time, "perfect" is just not possible.

    Have you looked on your PC's website for W10 drivers or upgrade information?
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    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    Windows 10 gives troubles with some drivers in some machines, so I want to play safe with Windows 8.1.
    Windows 8.1 gives troubles with some drivers in some machines so the same logic would apply there. The fact of the matter is, by far, the vast majority of W7 systems upgraded to W10 with no problems.

    There is no such thing as a "perfect" thorough check. That would sure be nice but because virtually every single one of the 1.5 billion windows computers out there becomes unique within the first few minutes after it is booted up the very first time, "perfect" is just not possible.

    Have you looked on your PC's website for W10 drivers or upgrade information?
    Yes I did go to my pc's motherboard website


    ECS > H61H2-M2 (V1.0)


    there is no windows 10 mention in the operating system drop down here
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  7. #7


    Well, typically you can use W8 drivers with W10. Not sure what to suggest for you here but not sure you will be more happy with W8 than you are with W7. Most W8 users didn't like it.
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