This article provides information on Instructions to use the Drivers and Downloads Website.
A driver is a piece of software that allows Microsoft® Windows® (or another operating system) to communicate with the hardware devices in your system. Devices such as video cards, sound cards,and modems all require drivers to function correctly within Windows. Sometimes, Windows includes drivers for devices, but generally drivers need to be downloaded and installed separately.
On the Drivers and Download page, if you see Scan Your System for Updates click on it to scan your system. The device drivers and firmware on a computer should be updated for numerous reasons some of which include:
Increased system performance
Patch security risks
To fix problems
As directed by a Dell article
However, if your computer is working fine and the driver is not listed as an Urgent or Recommended download, there may be no reason to update your drivers. Installing drivers unnecessarily can, in some rare cases, create new problems. Review the Criticality information listed on the driver download page for more information.
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You have two options on how to determine the components in the computer.
Option 1: Browse to the Dell Support Website,use the Service Tag to get a concise list of Drivers and Downloads specific for your system.
Option 2: If you just want the Component list and not the downloads, follow the instructions below:
Applications are software downloads that Dell is providing for use with your system, including but not limited to:
Audio drivers increase or enable functionality for sound, by enabling the speaker ports to transmit sound.
Audio drivers can typically fix no sound issues and sound quality issues.
The acronym BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System. When the computer is first started, the BIOS activates all of the hardware required by the computer to boot including:
Chipset is a collection of multiple integrated circuits designed to perform one or more related function on the motherboard.
It is often specially designed to work with a particular component, such as a central processing unit (CPU).
Communication drivers are for internal 56k modems and utilities used for dial-up connections as well as Mobile Broadband drivers.
Diagnostics are to help diagnose malfunctioning computer hardware.To run an online diagnostic, Dell Online Diagnostics is recommended.
Input Device Drivers are drivers for touchpad, webcams, mice and keyboard.
In order to recognize the Network Card and use it, the Operating System will& need the Device Driver. The Network Driver is essentially installed for the Operating System to be able to communicate with the networking device.
CD/DVD Firmware increases or expands reading and burning functionality with media. It can typically fix burning or reading issues with the drive.
Hard drive utilities for storage management Pre-Operating System, and in the Operating System.
Dell System Software is a utility that provides critical updates and patches for your operating system. It is necessary for correct operation of your Dell computer.
Video Drivers can increase or enable display functionality.
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Last Date Modified: 10/20/2014 11:37 AM