The First Thing You Need to Know About BIOS & Motherboards
If everything on your computer is working just as it should, then you probably have never had reason to think of either your BIOS or your motherboard. This is by design, and unless something serious goes wrong, then both your BIOS and your motherboard act as silent, unobtrusive parts of your computer that require very little, if any, input from you.
Your motherboard is essentially the frame of your computer, if you were to think of it like a car. Every other part of your computer, from your speaker ports to your video card to your network device, connects directly to your motherboard. The motherboard has slots for your processor, RAM, and your hard drive too. While different motherboards can influence what hardware you can run on your computer, and sometimes how effectively that hardware will run, you generally don't need to worry about your motherboard.
One way to think of your BIOS is a bit like a motherboard for the software on your computer. It operated purely in the background, and it handles many of the hardware functions on your computer - before your operating system takes control.
What do BIOS and Motherboard Drivers Actually Do?
Just like other types of hardware on your computer, your motherboard has a driver that controls how it functions, as well as telling it how to function. This driver for your motherboard essentially serves as a set of instructions that tell your motherboard what to do and when.
When your motherboard driver is functioning correctly, devices connected to your motherboard can easily communicate with each other, sending data back and forth, and enabling you - the user - to use each part of your computer in the way that it was designed to be used. Unfortunately, just like other hardware devices that depend on drivers on your computer, these drivers can become outdated, broken, or corrupted.
So What Happens When Your BIOS or Motherboard Drivers Become Outdated or Broken?
Should the driver that controls your motherboard becomes broken, a wide variety of negative effects can happen. The most common problem is that you will occasionally see strange errors popping up in Windows that shouldn't be there. Additionally, certain programs may crash when different devices on your computer attempt to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, as essentially every function on a computer involves the communication of one device to another, this can happen all of the time!
More severe problems that can arise from old or faulty motherboard drivers include operating system crashes, repeated and constant program crashes, and, in worst-case scenarios, constant crashes as soon as your operating system boots.
Unfortunately, motherboard driver errors rarely generate error codes of their own, and instead often prompt error codes of other natures to occur. Some driver errors that may indicate a motherboard driver problem include:
- Device Cannot Start: Error Code 10
- HD Audio Bus Driver Failed to Load: 0xE0000227
- Bad Direct Sound Driver 88780078
Unfortunately, these error code messages are all for non-motherboard devices. You could spend hours manually fixing each of these non-motherboard drivers, only to not actually fix the problem. The easiest way to repair problems like this is to use professional, effective device driver repair software like Driver Genius, which can fix any motherboard driver problems - or any other driver problem - that may occur on your computer.
What You Can Do To Fix and Update Broken or Outdated Motherboard and BIOS Drivers
There are two ways that you can update and repair outdated or broken BIOS drivers: the manual way, or the automatic way. We'll explain how to perform both, and let you decide which sounds like a better option.
To update your motherboard driver manually, first you'll want to open Device Manager, and locate your motherboard. Then, check and see when its driver was last updated. Now, open your web browser, and navigate to the web page of the manufacturer of your motherboard. From there, try and find their downloads section, and search for your particular motherboard. If the driver listed is newer than the one you currently have installed, then go ahead and download it, install it, and reboot your computer. If everything went according to plan, then your motherboard driver will be updated.
In order to update all of the drivers on your computer, then repeat this process for every driver on your computer. Be aware, however, that this can take quite awhile, as many computers have dozens and dozens of drivers.
Alternatively, you could download the award-winning software Driver Genius, which will scan, update, and repair all of the drivers on your computer at the push of a button.
How Can I Avoid Ever Having Driver Conflicts?
While you can't guarantee that none of the drivers on your computer will ever go bad or become outdated, by keeping all of them up to date, you can minimize this as a possibility. Further, by using software like Driver Genius, which you can rely on to also fix all of the driver issues that may crop up on your computer, you can pretty much be guaranteed that your computer will never have issues relating to device drivers again.
What About Third-Party Drivers?
You should never, under any circumstances, install non-official device drivers. This holds true for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost, because third-party developers often use the lure of faster, more efficient, or just better-working drivers as incentive to get you to download them - and then those downloads launch viruses, spyware, and all manner of other malware onto your computer.
Even if third-party device drivers aren't being developed for nefarious purposes, they probably still won't work as well as official drivers. Think of it this way: would you trust a Ford dealership to be able to repair a BMW or Audi? Probably not, and it works this way in the software world, too - the original developer knows the product best, and should always be trusted above just about anyone else.
Thankfully, Driver Genius downloads, installs, and updated only officially-licensed drivers, meaning that you will always have the best drivers possible.
What Can Driver Genius Do For You?
- Driver Genius is very fast: Capable of scanning, downloading, updating, and repairing all of the drivers on your computer in moments, it can handle all of the aspects of driver maintenance on your computer faster than even the most gifted computer technician could.
- Driver Genius is designed for novices and experts: Because Driver Genius has been designed to be used both by computer newbies, novices, professionals and geeks, it can be used by just about anyone for driver maintenance. It's powerful enough for the pros, and easy enough for the grandparents.
- Driver Genius is award-winning software: In large part because of its usability and in large part because of its power, Driver Genius has won award after award over the years.