How to Update a Chipset Driver

by Timothy Machroli

All motherboards contain two areas of operation: the northbridge (which controls faster elements like the CPU) and the southbridge (which handles slower operations like your graphics card). In order for these two to work together, a chipset driver is put into place so the two can communicate with each other effectively. However, as technology progresses, occasionally you will need to update your chipset driver in order to have optimal performance using your computer’s motherboard.

Determine which chipset your motherboard contains. Download and install CPU-Z, as this program will easily identify which chipset your motherboard uses. Run CPU-Z and, under the “Mainboard” tab, locate the heading that says “Chipset.”

Download the latest driver for your chipset. This can be done by going to the website of the chipset manufacturer. Only download drivers designed to work with your specific type of chipset. Some of the more popular chipset manufacturers include Intel, NVIDIA and AMD.

Double-click the downloaded driver and follow the installation instructions. Installation should complete within five to 10 minutes. Reboot your computer to complete the installation of your new chipset driver.

Warning

  • close Be careful when installing a new driver, as an interrupted installation may cause a corruption with your hardware.

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About the Author

Based in Chicago, Timothy Machroli is currently a full-time student at Columbia College, studying to become a filmmaker. Though this marks his first venture into writing in a professional capacity, he has always enjoyed writing—both fiction and nonfiction—as a rewarding hobby.

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