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[TechSpot] Intel graphics drivers can now bypass OEM locks, become easier to update

Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/85029-...u-drivers.html

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Why it matters: For years, users have been forced to rely on OEM-supplied Intel graphics drivers to make sure their hardware works as intended. In case of updates, however, it's either a long wait until the PC/laptop manufacturer approves the new version or -- as is more common -- decides not to bother and drops supporting older machines altogether. It is a tough line to walk between the two, which Intel is now eliminating with its new 'Unlocked Driver' meant for users on the company's 6th-gen processor platform or higher.

Intel iGPUs aren't the last word in graphical horsepower, but for many users, they're a perfectly acceptable and affordable option for carrying out daily computing tasks and doing a bit of casual gaming.

Like dedicated GPUs, Intel also pushes out regular graphic driver updates with fixes, optimizations, and support for new games and applications. OEMs, however, employ driver locking to prevent users from installing these generic drivers until they've baked in their own customizations and validated the software, followed by its distribution on their official support pages.
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Thank you intel,
for putting more pressure on AMD and Nvidia to release up to date drivers for their mobile GPUs.

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Thank you intel,
for putting more pressure on AMD and Nvidia to release up to date drivers for their mobile GPUs. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
AMD did this a year ago I believe. Haven't touched a nVidia mobile device in a while but I don't believe they're restricted.

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They've now all announced plans to provide "unlocked" drivers, but more competition here is good. AMD in particular was very slow in rolling out unlocked drivers for their APUs.
My hope is that Intel pushing regular updates for "10th gen" graphics will push AMD to better support Renoir mobile from day one.

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Thank you intel,
for putting more pressure on AMD and Nvidia to release up to date drivers for their mobile GPUs.
I'll admit it's been a decade since I bought a laptop with an AMD GPU and at least four years since I used one, but I don't remember ever having problems installing nVidia or AMD drivers downloaded direct from their websites on any laptop I've owned or been responsible for. What manufacturers pulled this trick?


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Eh what? Does this apply only to laptops? Because I don't see when the desktop was ever locked to not be able to install a driver from Intel for their GPUs or other products. Even on Laptop it always worked fine in my case for Intel products.
I guess, don't buy locked junk is the lesson here.

And where is this damn lock supposed to be anyway? Just wipe any machine clean and get rid of the OEM preinstall junk first that way. Are they going to great lengths to lock it via UEFI somehow?
You can always install drivers, it's only a matter of how determined you are to do so. There have been various locks even on NV drivers in the past but it's often just a simple setup/driver configuration file that gets checked if the hardware is listed as officially supported.

The drivers for laptops and PC mobos on manufacturer pages are often outdated and not even worth bothering. All they love to do so is reupload an old version they "verified".
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I have never used intel integrated GPU for anything other than simple daily tasks (laptops) or just running the computer itself (any GPU would do, It only needs to boot some commandline tools).

Usually I just install intel drivers once and forget about them.
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Why was there ever a thing? OEM drivers and driver managers are almost universally terrible.
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Even on the desktop some manufacturers restrict graphics drivers. Mostly on business machines.
Of course, there are/were ways around these locks.

Quote: Originally Posted by Pawelr98 View Post
I have never used intel integrated GPU for anything other than simple daily tasks (laptops) or just running the computer itself (any GPU would do, It only needs to boot some commandline tools).

Usually I just install intel drivers once and forget about them.
I never demanded any real performance from those integrated GPU's.
Intel actually plans to be performance competitive with their next gen integrated graphics, which means having updated graphics actually matters now.

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Why was there ever a thing? OEM drivers and driver managers are almost universally terrible.
Probably because HP/Dell/Lenovo don't want 1,000,000 customers complaining about blue screens after they update one of the most complicated driver packages a modern OS has to deal with. Not saying it's the right choice, but that's probably what they were thinking. Better it works(poorly) than it have the potential to not work at all, or remove a feature the OEMs huge bloat package somehow relies on.

Nowadays pretty much everything auto-updates, so holding back an update is more risky than ever. If windows forces a feature update and you are still running a driver that's a year+ old things could end up broken.

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