How to Install the Motherboard Drivers

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The motherboard is a computer's main processing board. The components of the computer all connect into the board, including the processor, video card, hard drives, memory and optical drives. The motherboard drivers are pieces of firmware that give the computer the ability to perform smoothly and effectively. The drivers come with the motherboard as a software package, usually on a CD. Installing the drivers is a short process that your computer will walk you through.

  • Boot up the computer. An operating system should already be installed.

  • Run the CD that came with the motherboard. If you do not have the CD, you can download the drivers from the Internet. In order to download drivers, the model number of the motherboard is required. Once you download the drivers, which will come in a .zip file, unzip them with WinZip or a like program, and run the program.

  • Follow the prompts through the installation software to install all drivers.

  • Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Update your drivers regularly to keep up with the best compatibility and performance.

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