question about drivers

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Old 06-04-02, 02:15 PM
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question about drivers

I just bought a new computer system last week it is a Power Spec with windows XP home OS.I also got a new monitor a Samsung syncMaster 955DF and a new printer a HP 920c.
When I insalled it everything worked printer monitor the whole smear.I did not put in any of the disks that came with the stuff.
I went to work and we were talking and a buddy said I should use the software that came with the Equipment.
Is that a true statment or can I leave things as they are the computer works good as is.
 
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Old 06-04-02, 03:01 PM
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Ö just curious

Who installed XP?
 
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Old 06-04-02, 03:41 PM
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XP was on the machine

The XP program came already loaded on the PC from the store.
Thanks for all the help you can give me.Also while I am at it can I use any of my windows 95 and 98 software such as games on the XP I have many games and stuff for windows 95 and 98.
 
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Old 06-04-02, 05:09 PM
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Ö just an opinion

If you purchased your monitor and printer from the same store as your PC, chances are they already installed any necessary drivers. Ask them.
As far as your other software, there are no guarantees. May I suggest that you run the system, as is, until you are comfortable that it is stable. Installing lots of different Software is a joint venture we all share, and occasionally makes a mess of things.
Enjoy.
 
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Old 06-04-02, 06:16 PM
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same store

Yes I did buy all the harware at the same store But the box was still sealed when I brought it home.
There is no way they could have known what other harware I was going to buy since there were hundreds of options I could have bought.I will call them and find out anyway.I thought it might just be an XP feature or something.
 
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Old 06-04-02, 06:34 PM
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Cool Nope...

Thereís an old saying, if it isnít broke donít break it. If everything is working like it should then it is OK. Donít mess with a good thing!
 
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Old 06-04-02, 07:05 PM
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1) Win XP is plug and play and will find typical hardware and install an appropriate driver.

2) As for games, it is also much more compatible that Win 2000 was. and you should be able to run it natively. If a particular game does not work, one can run it in a Win 95 or 98 shell. To to that, find the game's exe file (that is the program itself), right-click on it and go to the compatibility tab and select the shell (95, 98, etc) you want to run it in.
 

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Old 06-04-02, 07:45 PM
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In theory, keeping your drivers up to date is a good habit.

In practice it can be a pain in the arse sometimes - buggy driver versions, install problems, software conflicts that didn't exist before.

Unless you're comfortable with sorting out potential problems, I'd have to agree with bigmike... If it aint broke, don't fix it.

The one thing you absolutely should keep up to date of course is your anti-virus software.
 
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