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#1 fifthelement123

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:22 PM

Is it ok to install the Intel HD graphics drivers directly from Intel.com website instead of using the Sony esupport drivers website? I noticed that the Intel HD drivers on intel is more current and I wanted to use it to upgrade my current video driver. I know I might have to uninstall the current drivers and then install the newer drivers from intel to make it install right but I wanted to make sure that I would have no problems on my computer using the latest drivers from Intel's website.


This is the model of my Sony notebook.

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I used the Automatically identify and find drivers thing and ran it and it said.

Product Detected Intel® HD Graphics
Current Driver Installed 8.15.0010.2182
A customized computer manufacturer driver is installed on your computer. The Intel Driver Update Utility is not able to update the driver. Installing a generic Intel driver instead of the customized computer manufacturer driver may cause technical issues. Contact your computer manufacturer for the latest driver for your computer.


Should I just ignore this and go ahead and download the latest drivers from Intel?






Now I did talk to Sony tech support and they said something about all Sony notebooks are OEM drivers and they said they recommend to only download them from esupport website.

Latest drivers from Sony website

Version :
8.15.10.2182

Last Modified :
09/21/2010



This is the latest version from Intel.com website


Version:
15.21.2.64.2246

Date:
12/08/2010


As you see the Intels website is more current. But is it still best to use the older version Sonys custom made driver? I would assume soon Sony will update there drivers but I just wanted to know if it's ok to just uninstall the Sony drivers and install Intels drivers that is more updated.


Someone did say to ignore the 8.15.10 part since that's the Sony driver numbers and they said look at the rest of the numbers. Like 2182 vs 2246 from Intel. Eather way it seems like the Intel is newer than Sonys.



I just need to know that forsure it will work right using the Intel drivers instead of the Sony drivers. Now I do know I need to uninstall the Sony driver and then install the Intel drivers to work since if I don't it won't let me install the Intel drivers. It will say this.

"The driver been installed is not validated for this computer. Please obtain the appropriate driver from the computer manufacturer.

Setup will exit"

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:07 PM

Sorry if I made you guys confused but basicly I need to know is that is it completely safe to use the drivers directly from intel even it says my current drivers are custom made from Sony?

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:32 PM

As long they are for that Graphics adapter you are fine.

If it won't work you will know based on how the install goes. A lot of companies don't undate their drivers as often as they are updated, so doing what you are trying to do is very common these days.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:29 PM

Well do most of you guys use drivers directly from Intel, ATI, Nvidia? Or do most of you guys use OEM drivers from Sony, Toshiba, Compaq etc? If you guys mostly use directly from like Intel did you guys have problems? Did it work better overall using ATI, Nvidia, Intel etc?

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 07:44 PM

Most of us get our drivers through Nvidia, Ati etc.... they are updated more from them :)

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:59 AM

So does that mean OEM drivers aren't really good for games? I thought that Sony have designed the drivers to make my computer run the best for everything. I thought Sony OEM drivers are the best for certain model of notebook I have. But do you guys think forsure I should uninstall the current video drivers and install the Intel HD drivers directly from Intel? Just want to make sure that it's perfectly fine doing this since it seems like you guys are saying that you don't use OEM drivers.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 06:30 AM

Lol Intel HD ;) I'd like to see someone try to play bfbc2 or metal of honor with that there "graphics" chip

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:10 AM

Well I did try playing Crysis on my computer and it played pretty well on low settings like around mostly 25 FPS and high as 35 FPS. Everything had to be on low though and the res was set to 1024x768. I mean for an onboard video chip it's pretty good. I know it's alot better than the older Intel 4500MHD. At first when the Intel HD came out the drivers weren't good so games didn't play well but today since it's been a year from now drivers are much better and can play games like Crysis and Doom 3, Quake 4 very well. Actualy Quake 4 and Doom 3 play around 45 FPS and Ultra settings as around 60 FPS depending on the area. I did notice that the Intel HD came right around when the Intel i series like the i3, i5, i7 came out so it's been about a year.


But eather way is it 100% safe and better to use drivers directly from Intel or should I just use the OEM drivers from Sony?

Edited by fifthelement123, 17 December 2010 - 07:12 AM.


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:16 AM

I can tell you forsure that since alot of updates have been made on the drivers since it was first made so the site called notebookcheck saying that the Intel HD can't even play Quake 4, or Doom 3 well is not correct at all. Since I play it on Ultra settings and it plays very smoothly. I never played Doom 3 or so when the Intel HD first came out since I just got my new computer 3 weeks agao but all I know is that this computer plays games pretty well with todays drivers. Of cource it's not the best but for a $580 notebook it's good. Normaly it costed $700 but it was on sale at OfficeMax.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:32 AM

But as I said what I really need to know is that is it perfectly fine using drivers directly from Intel or is it recommended to use OEM drivers from Sony since my notebook is from Sony? I really wonder if Sony made some updates or so on the hardware and that's why they have OEM drivers but some people said that companies like Sony made it easier to install all of the drivers for each model of there computers so they made them all OEM. Because if that's the case then the Intel drivers might be more updated and better over all. But I don't know since all Sony techs say that all drivers are OEM and I need to use there drivers to update the computer. They don't tell me if they made some changes on the hardware like on the video card or so.