The Chipset Device Software installs the Windows INF files. An INF is a text file that provides the operating system with information about a piece of hardware on the system. In the case of the current Chipset Device Software, that information is primarily the product name for the piece of hardware. This allows the operating system to show the correct name for that piece of hardware in Device Manager.
These files outline to the operating system how to configure the chipset components in order to ensure that the following features function properly:
- Core PCI and ISAPNP Services
- PCIe Support
- IDE/ATA33/ATA66/ATA100 Storage Support
- SATA Storage Support
- USB Support
- Identification of chipset components in the Device Manager
Although a particular chipset is designed with a particular motherboard in mind, the manufacturers of the chipsets are often independent from the motherboard makers. These chipsets are run through drivers that determine the speed, stability and function of all devices in the motherboard. It is but crucial that the motherboards are installed with the latest chipset and device drivers to function optimally.
Improper or outdated drivers will result in compatibility problems, lack of features and sub-par performance of these devices. Examples of such problems include loss of audio, minimal graphics resolutions or video settings, loss of network connections and various system errors. However, these chipset drivers were not designed to be downloaded or updated automatically and would be done manually by the user.
Intel Driver Update Utility
Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility v126.96.36.1997
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
AMD South Bridge/AHCI/RAIDXpert Driver
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows 7/8 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows Vista 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows XP 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows 7/8 64-bit
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows Vista 64-bit
AMD Catalyst 13.1 Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers for Windows XP 64-bit
nVidia nForce WHQL Certified Driver
nVidia nForce Driver Update Utility
nVidia nForce 15.49 Windows 7/Vista 32-bit
nVidia nForce 15.49 Windows 7/Vista 64-bit
nVidia nForce 15.45 XP 32-bit WHQL
nVidia nForce 15.45 XP 64-bit WHQL
VIA Hyperion Pro Driver v5.24A
VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.90A
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