Should I grab Hardware Updates from Windows Update?

#1 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -

There are two optional hardware updates on the microsoft windows update website. One is for my keyboard (Ideazon Merc human interface something) and the other is for my processor (AMD X2 3.1Ghz). I'm reluctant to grab both, especially the processor one, as I've seen my friend getting plagued by severe problems after downloading what was listed for him. What troubles me even more is the fact that there is no update whatsoever on the AMD site concerning my processor. Only a bunch of utilities are listed. So, what should I do?

#2 Posted by Lunarbunny (1025 posts) -

The CPU driver is probably the "AMD Processor Driver Version 1.3.2.0053 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64)" from this page: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_871_9706,00.html
If you haven't downloaded it already, the "AMD Dual-Core Optimizer" is important for fixing problems with some games (such as Battlefield 2 where pings might start showing up as negative and you lag like crazy if it's not installed).

As for an answer to your question, I've never had a problem when I decided it was actually important to get hardware updates from Windows Update, but typically the official sites have newer versions.

#3 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -
Lunarbunny said:
"The CPU driver is probably the "AMD Processor Driver Version 1.3.2.0053 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64)" from this page: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_871_9706,00.html
If you haven't downloaded it already, the "AMD Dual-Core Optimizer" is important for fixing problems with some games (such as Battlefield 2 where pings might start showing up as negative and you lag like crazy if it's not installed).

As for an answer to your question, I've never had a problem when I decided it was actually important to get hardware updates from Windows Update, but typically the official sites have newer versions."
Thank you. Yes, I've grabbed the optimizer but have not installed it. Should I fear doing so? Is it going to bring some incompatibility issues with some games (even though it's not supposed to) ?
#4 Posted by Lunarbunny (1025 posts) -
#5 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -

Do I have to keep the program running? Does it have to start at boot (msconfig) ?

#6 Posted by Lunarbunny (1025 posts) -

Just run the dual-core optimizer once, there aren't any programs that it has to "keep running" to work.

The driver is just a driver, at least as far as I recall (running an Intel C2D now).

#7 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -

A start-up called "amd_dc_opt" was installed. Do I really need it enabled?

#8 Posted by Lunarbunny (1025 posts) -

According to a forum post by the Tweakguides site owner:

The amd_dc_opt.exe doesn't actually run as a process. It is a program which seems to execute at startup, combined with the /usepmtimer line in boot.ini, and the AmdTools.sys driver in the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers directory. These use no noticeable background resources since they are very small files, and don't add anything to the process list since they run at startup, like device drivers (e.g. you don't see a process for your main graphics driver file).

I believe that the amd_dc_opt.exe fixes some issues as well, so I'd recommend leaving it enabled.

#9 Posted by DazbotAthertron (875 posts) -

Don't do it man!

#10 Posted by Bane (408 posts) -

I never, ever let Windows Update do anything to my hardware drivers.  I did once or twice in the past and each time it's brought nothing but pain and suffering.

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#11 Posted by zeus_gb (595 posts) -

Never get driver updates from Windows Update, as they have been known to cause issues.  I always go to the manufacturer.

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