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I was checking on the MSI site the available downloads for my motherboard (MSI P67A-C45) but I want to know what they are for:

BIOS - Do I have to install the older ones first or can I install directly the newest one? For example, from 1.0 to 1.1 to 1.2 or 1.0 to 1.2 directly? They also say "The BIOS files provided here are exclusive only for MSI-branded Notebook PCs and not compatible with any MSI Whitebook/Whitebrand barebones", so can I install it?
Is it a mistake since it's called BIOS instead of UEFI?

Intel Management Engine Driver for P67/H67 - No idea...

Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Driver - This should be the INF driver, don't know what it does though...

Renesas USB3.0 Drivers - Should be the USB 3.0 drivers, although the controller is a NEC. =/

Intel TPM Device Driver - No idea...

Realtek PCI-E Ethernet Drivers - In the descrition it says that it is for the onboard LAN, do I need them? I once tried them but I didn't notice any difference with the default ones of Windows 7.

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver - I know that they give better perfomance for HD/SSD so I'll install them. The current name is Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver - The drivers for the onboard audio. I tried both the default Windows 7 ones and the 2.57 version, I can't find any difference, maybe it's because I've a 2.0 cheap setup? What should I do?

MSI SATA ports Scan for P67/H67 - Useless.

Super Charger - No need for me since I don't have an iPod/iPhone.

Control Center II
- Overlock utility, non intested in OC and anyway I prefer manual overclock.

Intel Turbo Boost Monitor - Shows the turbo boost use, I'm not interested in this.

MSI Live Update 5 - Online updater for most of the stuff above, I prefer updating manually.

Consider the default drivers of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit as comparison.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by link_90 - 2/15/11 at 5:07am
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If you want to download all the drivers for your pc, take from your motherboard's box that come with a driver and install it.
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If you want to download all the drivers for your pc, take from your motherboard's box that come with a driver and install it.
I'm sorry but I think you didn't get my question. I want to know the use of the drivers/software in the first post.
I know that I can install them through the CD (or rather, from the MSI site since they are newer) but why should I install them if I don't need them?
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I was checking on the MSI site the available downloads for my motherboard (MSI P67A-C45) but I want to know what they are for:

BIOS - You can install the latest version directly. If it has a Windows installer .exe, run it. It will tell you if it's compatible before it upgrades the BIOS.

Is it a mistake since it's called BIOS instead of UEFI? UEFI is the newer BIOS incarnation but they are the same thing.

Intel Management Engine Driver for P67/H67 - This is for the AMT chip on the motherboard

Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Driver - Usually includes drivers for the SATA ports and Northbridge and Southbridge

Renesas USB3.0 Drivers - Yes, NEC is the manufacturer of the USB 3.0 Controller and should be installed. Windows 7 won't automatically install USB 3.0 drivers as the tech is too new.

Intel TPM Device Driver - TPM is the security chip used by bitlocker. Install it if you see it in device manager.

Realtek PCI-E Ethernet Drivers - If the NIC works fine you don't need them, but you can always try them.

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver - I know that they give better perfomance for HD/SSD so I'll install them. The current name is Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

Realtek High Definition Audio Driver - Use the latest if you can't tell a difference

MSI SATA ports Scan for P67/H67 - Useless.
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Thanks.
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This is my first post here on this forum.

I have been struggling to find a legit desktop or notebook that has the TPM chip supported. I know I need W7 ultimate or professional. I'm 64 bit.

Dell has told me they can't sell this in Canada?

Any advice for where to look? Vendors?
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This is my first post here on this forum.

I have been struggling to find a legit desktop or notebook that has the TPM chip supported. I know I need W7 ultimate or professional. I'm 64 bit.

Dell has told me they can't sell this in Canada?

Any advice for where to look? Vendors?
Make your own thread.

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Make your own thread.

I'm not a staff member but just someone who loves OCN.

I will do that, thanks. Sorry to bother you.
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I will do that, thanks. Sorry to bother you.
Nah, I wasn't bothered!
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