Originally Posted by Dustin_Broke
Here are some of the specs for my netbook.
1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, Memory 1GB, 533MHz DDR2, Hard drive 80GB 5,400rpm,
Operating system Windows 7
It has a Intel GMA 950 IGP on this netbook.
The sound card is a Realtek ALC272
Is this netbook old? All I know is that people mostly say to use generic drivers since they are more updated and will give you better performance since OEM drivers don't update as much.
Not terribly old; all the Atoms from 2008 to 2010 were roughly the same (single-core). By "old hardware", I meant that once a new version is out, fixes for the old hardware aren't typically released, even if it can use the new driver. Example, I think the GMA 950 and 3150 can both use the same newer driver, but most if not all the fixes in the newer drivers are for the 3150. But do you see what I'm saying? Everyone "saying" to use generic drivers, without giving actual proof they're better, are just repeating assumptions. Frequently updating drivers doesn't mean they're better - personally I've had new drivers introduce bigger issues than they fixed in the past, so I'm certain not to unnecessarily update drivers without any possible benefit. You won't get better performance, you can benchmark and see just as much. OEM drivers are typically more stable, as Dell does the validation on the specific laptop.
Anyways, find the newest OEM driver, find the newest generic driver, compare the release notes. If there are fixes, great, you now know the generic drivers have potential to work better. If it all looks like nonsense (very minute, pointless, and obscure "issues" are cause for new driver versions a lot of the time), you saved yourself the hassle and a possible headache of toying with new drivers.Edited by jrbroad77 - 5/10/12 at 5:31pm