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So getting my 256 sata 3 SSD in the next few hours, and going to do a clean install of windows 7 on it, definite upgrade from this 4 year old HDD.

However, while meandering through the drivers for all my stuff and saving them to a flash drive for easier download, I came into a problem...my motherboard has so many...seemingly useless...drivers, and I'm having trouble finding which to take! D:

The motherboard is an ASRock Z77 Extreme4, and it's really a nice motherboard, love it's layout, the eufi is wonderfully set up, just great...but that driver page... this one ...so many drivers and utilities, and so many feel...useless.

I'm running a GTX 660Ti, but will probably download the VGA driver just in case, and the broadcomm lan driver, sure...but...why 2 different USB 3.0 drivers? Why 3 HDD drivers? Why in god's name is there a driver called AppCharger? Since when do apps have batteries?!

But in seriousness, anyone able to recommend which I can ignore and which are probably important?

Thanks in advance!
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Just download the audio, VGA, LAN drivers. As for the USB 3.0 drivers, they're for two different chipsets. If some ports use Intel and others use ASMedia, both drivers are okay to be installed. You probably won't need the HDD drivers.
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Don't download anything but the network card driver and chipset driver. After installing windows, install the chipset driver, then (if necessary) install the driver for the ethernet adapter. Run all available Windows updates. At that point, check in device manager to see if anything doesn't have a driver installed. If it doesn't, make sure you only download the one you need. Honestly you don't need the majority of stuff available for download and doing it this way gives you the fastest machine possible because you don't have all the junk running. Install the utilities like AppCharger only if you are going to use them and find them useful.
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Sory wrong thread

Well, I saw no threads labeled "ASRock motherboards" or any labeled "ASrock", so I assumed general hardware would be a good spot, but since general HARDWARE has only one folder (in this case, processor), I wasn't sure where else to put it, but thank you for your insight and helpful post ^^
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Just download the audio, VGA, LAN drivers. As for the USB 3.0 drivers, they're for two different chipsets. If some ports use Intel and others use ASMedia, both drivers are okay to be installed. You probably won't need the HDD drivers.

Awesome, those usb drivers were really what I wasn't sure on, did some googling, but was hoping for something more concrete than yahoo answers xD
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Don't download anything but the network card driver and chipset driver. After installing windows, install the chipset driver, then (if necessary) install the driver for the ethernet adapter. Run all available Windows updates. At that point, check in device manager to see if anything doesn't have a driver installed. If it doesn't, make sure you only download the one you need. Honestly you don't need the majority of stuff available for download and doing it this way gives you the fastest machine possible because you don't have all the junk running. Install the utilities like AppCharger only if you are going to use them and find them useful.

Can't find the chipset driver on that site sadly, or at least nothing labeled as chip set, so I'm probably just overlooking it.
**EDIT** - Looks like the chipset is labaled as "Intel Management Engine" ....well that's dumb, but there it goes!

Also, seems the INF driver is kind of important, assuming I should install that when I install the chipset.

Thank you as well though for your assistance! Is much appreciated!
Edited by Soully - 5/29/13 at 4:53pm
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Well, I saw no threads labeled "ASRock motherboards" or any labeled "ASrock", so I assumed general hardware would be a good spot, but since general HARDWARE has only one folder (in this case, processor), I wasn't sure where else to put it, but thank you for your insight and helpful post ^^

No i said i posted in the wrong thread not that you did
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Well, I saw no threads labeled "ASRock motherboards" or any labeled "ASrock", so I assumed general hardware would be a good spot, but since general HARDWARE has only one folder (in this case, processor), I wasn't sure where else to put it, but thank you for your insight and helpful post ^^
Awesome, those usb drivers were really what I wasn't sure on, did some googling, but was hoping for something more concrete than yahoo answers xD
Can't find the chipset driver on that site sadly, or at least nothing labeled as chip set, so I'm probably just overlooking it.
**EDIT** - Looks like the chipset is labaled as "Intel Management Engine" ....well that's dumb, but there it goes!

Also, seems the INF driver is kind of important, assuming I should install that when I install the chipset.

Thank you as well though for your assistance! Is much appreciated!

inf driver is the chipset driver.

why don't you put the list here, we will tell you what those are, and if it's needed or not.
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inf driver is the chipset driver.

why don't you put the list here, we will tell you what those are, and if it's needed or not.

I did, I linked the page on my first post, I didn't copy and paste because of how it's set up on their site, it doesn't paste well at all, but will do a screen shot instead!

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1. hd audio driver - you need that.
2. CIR driver - infrared remote accesory, no need.
3. inf driver - chipset driver, very important
4. IMEI driver - don't know exactly what it does but it is important.
5. rapid start driver - no need.
6. smart connect - no need.
7. lan driver - important
8. appcharger - optional, increases charging speed of usb.
9. lucid virtu - garbage.
10. sata floppy - no need.
11. asmedia sata3 driver - important. extra sata3 ports provided by asmedia controller
12. intel rapid storage - very important, intel sata drivers.
13. asmedia usb3 driver - important, extra usb3 ports provided by asmedia controller
14. intel usb3 driver - important, main usb3 ports provided by intel controller
15. vga driver - intel integrated gpu driver, important

the rest are not needed, just gimmick softwares.
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1. hd audio driver - you need that.
2. CIR driver - infrared remote accesory, no need.
3. inf driver - chipset driver, very important
4. IMEI driver - don't know exactly what it does but it is important.
5. rapid start driver - no need.
6. smart connect - no need.
7. lan driver - important
8. appcharger - optional, increases charging speed of usb.
9. lucid virtu - garbage.
10. sata floppy - no need.
11. asmedia sata3 driver - important. extra sata3 ports provided by asmedia controller
12. intel rapid storage - very important, intel sata drivers.
13. asmedia usb3 driver - important, extra usb3 ports provided by asmedia controller
14. intel usb3 driver - important, main usb3 ports provided by intel controller
15. vga driver - intel integrated gpu driver, important

the rest are not needed, just gimmick softwares.

Thank you very much! Why can't manufacturer's just do this? We already bought their crap, make sense damnit!

Anywho, the only one I'm still unsure on is the intel management engine (you listed as IMEI), some googling lead me to it being involved with some remote management and securing of PCs. Which seems odd...so...unsure what's going on with this. The link I arrived to is right here.

Thanks again!
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