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    DriverMax

    Useful free program. Lists all your drivers installed and tells whether they are current versions. You have to find and download them yourself at this time though.

    Registration is required.

    Can also export and import drivers, plus check lists of hardware that others are using.

    http://www.drivermax.com/index.htm

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    Re: DriverMax

    Wow, this looks like it could be a useful and powerful tool during a reinstallation of the XP or Vista operating systems! Since I've always struggled with drivers, I've downloaded and installed a copy. So far I only did one thing while I'm waiting for my registration email from them. I had it run a report of existing drivers and it did so in just a couple of seconds. We'll have to see...

    I don't know if anyone would be interested in this, but I did a Whois on Drivermax.Com and the "parent" company, Innovative Solutions, seems to be a biggie. Whois is says they own almost 300 domains and in the lower left corner of the Drivermax page is a "Microsoft Certified Partner" logo. Just for the heck of it, I went to the parent home page at: Advanced Uninstaller Pro, Advanced Task Manager, Innovative System Optimizer and DriverMax and pass along that link, just in case anyone is interested in some other software from them.

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    Re: DriverMax

    I've had some dialog with the developer. I wanted to know where he got the driver versions he was showing and why I couldn't find the update drivers, no matter how much I searched Seems he is getting them from the scans that the programs does of people's systems. This isn't good because those drivers may be alpha's/beta's or may have have come as part of some manufacturers pre-built system and may be specific to that manufacturer.

    He also claims that he will be providing driver downloading in the future, BUT what I don't think is kosher is that he is going to grab the drivers from people's systems (if they OK it) and then make them available to others (sort of a hybrid P2P) . I don't think this is a good idea as there could be viruses and/or Trojans implanted in the drivers and you would be dependent on him to do proper scanning.

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    Re: DriverMax

    I'm glad you posted this update - thank you! I too have been wondering where he GETS the version levels for available updates since he provides no LINKS to them. You may see elsewhere in The Lounge that I'm planning to add Vista to my system in the near-in future and have run both DriverMax AND the Vista advisor program, although they are obviously not looking for the same stuff. The Vista upgrade advisor tells me there is a problem with a driver for my sound card, so I went looking for the version number shown as "available" in DriverMax and so far am not able to come up with it. I realize it's probably a naming problem when I go searching, but anyway I was wondering.

    It is a handy program to have around and I hope he works it out, but I for one will not participate in any P2P driver sharing routines. If I can't get my drivers directly from a manufacturer, I don't use them. Thanks again.
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    Re: DriverMax

    I have used this program twice now and I get similar results with supposed updates that can't be found either from the manufacturer or googling for them. I was particularly concerned where it mentioned that my HP Scanjet 4890 drivers were version 1.0.0.0 and that the latest version was 8.0.0.0!!!

    I went to the HP website and had an online chat with one of HP's techs. He said there was NO such version available.
    Similar results with some Intel device drivers.

    I don't know how useful this is ???? <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>
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