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Old 09. May 2011, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Driver updater. Hardware problem

Ok, I have read the above Q&A's but they really didn't help me. I actually have two problems. Problem #1 is I am looking for a free driver updater. The ones I have tried that say they are "free" take you to a screen after you run the scan and shows 13 outdated drivers "register now to fix". For one thing, I'm disabled and my disability check is gone the next day because of bills. So I have NO extra money to throw into one of these things. I need a driver updater that is TOTALLY free and will actually update them for me.
Problem #2 is that I have a Sony Vaio laptop that gets hot underneath. I have purchased one of those lap fan things (it doesn't work so don't spend money on them). I have run checks on my computer and every says it's ok. I'm at a loss and I really need some help. I really on my computer for multiple things such as social networks and my websites. Please Help.
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Old 09. May 2011, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi majesticblue, welcome to the forum .

About driver updating, are you feeling the need to update the drivers?

Drivers generally do not need updates, unless the newer version can enhance some features. So, unless required, you should not update the drivers.

There will be many sites featuring driver updates, and showing their ads, and telling you how to remain up to date, and all. But, don't get lured by them.

But, if you do need to update drivers, then you should first check the site of the original manufacturer. It is there, that you will find genuine information on drivers... whether there is an update, and if its required.

A wrong update can render your Windows unbootable, and or can cause a fair amount of trouble. So, its essential to be careful. A manufacturer's site is the safest place to go for driver updates.

However, if there you do not get the driver you want, for reasons like the hardware model has gone old, or not supported any more, then you can choose to look elsewhere. A search for the model number of the hardware, in your search engine, can show sites where it can be available. But, still, you need to be careful, and choose wisely. There are not many sites, which offer genuine drivers.

And before you apply an update, backup your system, or create a restore point. You can also go for drive imaging.

The thread on which you had posted earlier, had some mentions of good software, using which you can update drivers.

Here is that thread, and other thread, which can help you.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updater.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...-websites.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updater.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updates.html
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Old 09. May 2011, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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About the laptop getting hot, how old is it? If its old, then maybe that dust has got inside, and is clogging the fan. So, you can take it a repair shop, and get it cleaned.

Or, if you are confident about opening it yourself, then get a set of screwdrivers, which can open laptops. Open it carefully, clean the fan of dust, and assemble it back. But, only do it, if you are confident enough. You can search for how to open the laptop on your search engine, like Google. Better if you include your laptop model too. If lucky, you will come across a good tutorial on how to open and clean it.

Otherwise, if you are not confident, I would seriously advise you to take it a shop.

If its not an old laptop, then try to keep it on a surface where the heat can pass in a better way, and the fan does not get blocked. There are some laptop pads, which support better circulation of air... you can try those.
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Problem #2 is that I have a Sony Vaio laptop that gets hot underneath. I have purchased one of those lap fan things (it doesn't work so don't spend money on them). I have run checks on my computer and every says it's ok. I'm at a loss and I really need some help. I really on my computer for multiple things such as social networks and my websites. Please Help.
If this relates to you in any way I would contact the supplier you purchased it from, or Sony directly.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/30/s...-vaio-laptops/
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I agree with Anupam.
Some of these so-called "free" driver update utilities will tell you most of your drivers are out dated and then give you a weekly notice of outdated drivers.
(and by the way it will do it automatically after you register)
It may take more time but checking the manufactures website for updates is the safest method. After your confident all your drivers are up to date try using a driver back up utility like Double Driver http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...e-Driver.shtml

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If this relates to you in any way I would contact the supplier you purchased it from, or Sony directly.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/30/s...-vaio-laptops/
This fits my laptop to a "T". Thank you so much for this link. I will definitely being getting in contact with them tomorrow. It gets so hot underneath that it burns my legs. I have found that it gets hot mostly when I'm on a social website.
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Hi majesticblue, welcome to the forum .

About driver updating, are you feeling the need to update the drivers?

Drivers generally do not need updates, unless the newer version can enhance some features. So, unless required, you should not update the drivers.

There will be many sites featuring driver updates, and showing their ads, and telling you how to remain up to date, and all. But, don't get lured by them.

But, if you do need to update drivers, then you should first check the site of the original manufacturer. It is there, that you will find genuine information on drivers... whether there is an update, and if its required.

A wrong update can render your Windows unbootable, and or can cause a fair amount of trouble. So, its essential to be careful. A manufacturer's site is the safest place to go for driver updates.

However, if there you do not get the driver you want, for reasons like the hardware model has gone old, or not supported any more, then you can choose to look elsewhere. A search for the model number of the hardware, in your search engine, can show sites where it can be available. But, still, you need to be careful, and choose wisely. There are not many sites, which offer genuine drivers.

And before you apply an update, backup your system, or create a restore point. You can also go for drive imaging.

The thread on which you had posted earlier, had some mentions of good software, using which you can update drivers.

Here is that thread, and other thread, which can help you.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updater.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...-websites.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updater.html

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...r-updates.html
Anupam, thank you so much for this information. I have run the check on my laptop for the driver updates and they ALL say they are up to date so I'm going to leave this part alone. Your comments have REALLY helped. I will take it in to have it professionally cleaned as soon as I can though just in case.
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You are very welcome .

As the link given by MidnightCowboy(MC) fits your laptop exactly, I will say that you contact those people, and see what they say. There seems to be a genuine problem with the make of your laptop. So, I don't think taking it to a repair shop will help. Its a problem with the manufacturing itself. As given in the article, contact the supplier, or Sony, and they should provide you assistance with this.
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