Driver Pack Solution 14 - Only disk you'll ever need

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  1. BadPointer

    BadPointer New Member

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    #21 BadPointer, Aug 7, 2014
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    I’m going to explain the difference between DriverPack Solution and SamDrivers.

    SamLab(he's a person) makes driverpacks for his SamDrivers and the same driverpacks are also used by DriverPack Solution. SamDrivers includes 3 applications for driver installation as opposed to only one in DriverPack Solution. It should be noted that SamDrivers’s edition of DriverPack Solution is modified: expert mode is enabled by default, disabled downloading and executing of a JS script from the Internet, removed some bloatware, etc. Since some bloatware isn’t available in English, so you’re better off using SamDrivers anyway.

    I recommend using Snappy Driver Installer(included in SamDrivers) and here is why.

    I’m a former DriverPack Solution developer. The application is written in JavaScript which is very slow and throws scripting errors due different versions of IE. Support for IE 6.0 can’t be dropped because Windows XP comes with it and it would be inconvenient to require the user to install IE 8.0 before running DriverPack Solution.

    The current implementation of algorithm of choosing and installing drivers is made entirely by me. Since I left DPS, there was no one on the DPS team who understands that code enough to be able to work on it. If you take a closer look at the DPS updates over the last year, you'll see that only GUI and bloatware are being updated. This means that long known problems(notably, sound drivers, touchpad instead of mouse and Intel USB 3.0) were never addressed and aren’t likely to ever be fixed.

    I had been planning to rewrite DPS from scratch in C/C++ for a long time while fixing all known problems but I end up creating Snappy Driver Installer which is techically a fork and rewrite of DPS. It’s faster, smaller, more stable, better at finding the correct drivers.
    You can read more there: https://code.google.com/p/snappy-driver-installer/
    You can also fill a bugreport, provide a translation to your language and etc via Issues on Google Code.

    SamDrivers includes:
    1. DriverPack Solution(DPS)
    2. Drivers Installer Assistant(DIA)
    3. Snappy Driver Installer(SDI)

    Let’s compare them.

    Size

    DPS - 34 MB (291 files)
    DIA - 44 MB (189 files)
    SDI - 1.3 MB (42 files) Without localization and themes - 1 MB(one file).

    Dependance and standaloneness
    DPS - Depends on IE. Writes to registry.
    DIA - Depends on vbscript libraries. Installs them without asking the user.
    SDI - Works on Windows 2000 and above(including WindowsPE). Doesn't leave traces in the system.

    Indexing time
    DPS - 280 secs (4:40)
    DIA - 123 secs (2:03)
    SDI - 19 secs (13 secs on indexing and 6 secs on compressing)

    Start up time
    DPS - 10 secs
    DIA - 3 secs
    SDI - 0.5 sec

    Driver selection algorithm
    DPS - It has many well known problems which are fixed in SDI.
    DIA - It used to lag behind DPS but at this point it catched up with DPS.
    SDI - It takes in account much more information about devices and drivers. It’s possible to see a full list of compatible drivers for each device and pick a driver manually but it’s not required since the list is sorted that best drivers end up being on in the beginning of the list. The point is DPS doesn’t do driver ranking.

    Installation method
    DPS - devcon.exe. It is as reliable as installing via Device Manager.
    DIA - DPInst.exe. It often fails to install even correctly picked drivers.
    SDI - Win32API. It is as reliable as installing via Device Manager. Automatically clicks on “Continue” when asked about installing unsigned drivers.




    Hints
    • You don't have to burn it on a DVD or mount the ISO in a virtual drive. You can extract the content of the ISO and keep on USB flash stick or an external drive.
    • You can strip SamDrivers off everything everything but Snappy Driver Installer:
    1. Drivers\*.* (driverpacks)
    2. Tools\SDI\*.* (localizations and themes)
    3. Indexes\SDI\*.* (optional, SDI will reindex driverpacks when needed)
    4. SDI-drv.exe (the application)

    If you have some questions, go ahead and ask away.
     
  2. herdiansyah_f

    herdiansyah_f New Member

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    From my knowledge, most driver update software is a scam, and should be avoided. But a buddy demonstrated me DriverPack Remedy. He mentioned he uses it at work (in an IT section) and it works well. I have been downloaded from this link http://www.downloadsoftwaregratisan...an-dan-update-driver-driverpack-solution.html

    This software scans your PC and tells you what drivers need to be updated. I had been distrustful at very first, but determined to give it a try. It's a huge download - 3GBs. On my freshly built Personal computer, it found a few outdated drivers, and successfully updated them. In reality, it solved a problem I got.

    Before, for some reason, my PC wouldn't go to Sleep mode. I don't know what drivers changed this, but DriverPack fixed the problem .

    That being said, has anybody used this software? Have got you got any difficulties with it?
     
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  3. software182

    software182 Level 12

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    Snappy Driver Installer :rockon: !
     
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  4. roger_m

    roger_m Level 11

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    @BadPointer I downloaded SamDrivers and ran SDI and proceeded with all the driver updates it found. The updates it installed for my keyboard and touchpad stopped both of them from working, and I used to use "Last Known Good Configuration" at boot, in order to get them working again. I then ran SDI and this time let it update everything except for the keyboard and touchpad drivers and had no problems. Two Intel drivers wouldn't install, but I'm not worried about that.
     
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  5. roger_m

    roger_m Level 11

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    I've used every driver updater, and none of them are scams.
     
  6. illumination

    illumination Guest

    For older machines with harder to find drivers, this would be handy to use to back up existing drivers on the machine before wiping. Otherwise, i just go to the manufactures website to obtain them.
     
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