First off, apologies if this is in the wrong category - are drivers and OSes a hardware of software issue? :s
OK folks, a couple of questions - a bit long-winded but this is for clarity.
I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit on my Dell XPS L502X.
Upon the drivers & software download page though, I’m not sure what I should get/what I need.
The link to all of it is laid out easy to see here (remember to select Windows 7 as the OS as default is 'BIOS’.
In ‘Communications’ for example there are 11 different downloads - which of these would I need? The same issue applies to other categories as well. Also, of the software and applications offered there, is it really worth downloading and installing them or are they just useless bloatware? Additionally, will I need to go elsewhere to get drivers or software for other things like GFX card or audio - they work OK (although the sound sounds absolutely terrible and I’ve yet to try out any games that involve using my GeForce 1GB GFX card except for a 5 minunte go on Quantum Conundrum which seemed to have a rather slow framerate compared to the likes of Portal 2 for instance). So that’s one question.
Second (and more straight-forward) question:
I also have a similar question regarding an old lappy that I’m doing a clean install of XP Pro on for a mate - a HP Compaq nc4000 Notebook.
Oddly, there are 2 driver pages:
One for the ‘Base’ version,
…And the non-base version.
I’ve Googled but have had no success, does anyone know WTF these differences mean - which driver page (‘base’ or normal) should I select from and what should I download compared to any potential ‘bloatware’ (considering that this laptop will be for someone quite unfamiliar with diagnosing and fixing problems)?
If someone can help me understand, I’d be really grateful, and I love learning about this too so if someone can explain what I need and why, that’d be great.