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Confused with too many motherboard drivers/software

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Ozpa, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Ozpa

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    Hello everyone! :)

    I'd like some short quick info on the drivers/software I found for my new motherboard. I'm a minimalist so if my system can do without the software or there is no benefit in speed/stability then I'd rather not install it. It's Z68 motherboard for my 2500K. Obviously most of these things are ASRock stuff so I wouldn't bet everyone knows what is what. Here's my quick list:

    (can be found here)

    1) CIR receiver driver ver:20110219
    2) INF driver ver:9.2.0.1021
    3) Intel Management Engine ver:7.1.10.1065
    4) AppCharger ver:1.0.4
    5) Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver ver:10.6.0.1002
    6) Etron USB 3.0 driver ver:0.104
    7) VGA driver ver:15.22.2.64.2372
    8) ASRock's XFast LAN/USB utilities

    Just, if possible, give a short description of the software/drivers (what are they for) and if one needs them at all (better or the same without them?). Don't need no bloat :(
  2. erocker

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    1) CIR receiver driver ver:20110219 - For a remote control. Not needed
    2) INF driver ver:9.2.0.1021 - Chipset drivers. Required.
    3) Intel Management Engine ver:7.1.10.1065 - Remote access stuff. Not needed.
    4) AppCharger ver:1.0.4 - AsRock bloatware - Avoid.
    5) Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver ver:10.6.0.1002 - Raid driver.
    6) Etron USB 3.0 driver ver:0.104 - USB 3.0 driver. Required.
    7) VGA driver ver:15.22.2.64.2372 - For integrated CPU. If using it, it is required, if not don't install. Be sure to disable it in bios if you aren't using it.
    8) ASRock's XFast LAN/USB utilities - More useless AsRock bloatware. Not needed.
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  3. EarthDog

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    Wheres the "Im with Stupid smiley?"

    Agree 100%.
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  4. N-Gen

    N-Gen

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    ^ What they said. Not to mention how annoying XFast LAN/USB are...
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  5. Ozpa

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    erocker you're golden :)

    I just came from work beat up and hardly could even type that post up (not even talking about googling for 30+ mins to discover what exactly each driver is for myself).

    And again, thank you very much erocker!


    P.S. I expected XFast to be some kind of semi-manditory drivers to "unlock the full potential/speed of the devices" (as they say in marketing campaigns) but it's just bloat after all.
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  6. N-Gen

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    It's basically just monitoring of LAN speeds and the USB "gain" is minimal.
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