Every operation directly or indirectly involved with the PC’s functioning is carried out by the motherboard, also known as the mainboard, system board, baseboard, or logic board. The motherboard is located inside of your computer on a system tray. It is referred to as the “mother” or “main” board because most of your computer’s peripherals are attached to it. When you’re building a brand new gaming rig, you must get all the right peripherals.
With modern-day computing, it is now possible to build the best gaming rig without needing any CD/DVD drives. However, you will still need to take care of the motherboard drivers and ensure that they are updated so that you don’t miss out on the latest features. Once you’ve updated the newest OS, you will also need to update your motherboard drivers. While installing your PC’s drivers is relatively simple, it can be tricky if it is your first time doing so. If you have an optical drive, you can just use the disc that came with your motherboard to install all drivers.
However, problems arise when you don’t have an optical hard drive. Also, the majority of gamers nowadays tend to avoid an optical hard drive altogether. There are different ways using which you can find, install, and update all your motherboard drivers. In this article, we have listed all the different ways using which you update all your motherboard drivers to the latest version.
Which Motherboard Drivers To Install?
A motherboard comprises of multiple components that are essential for the smooth and efficient functioning of your system. The motherboard is the route through which various computer peripherals interact. Therefore, your system automatically stops working every time there is a glitch in your motherboard. A majority of the computer’s peripherals are attached to your motherboard, which is it is highly essential in ensuring your PC’s smooth functioning.
However, it is practically impossible to update all these drivers. But, it is vital that you know which critical drivers to install, such as:
- Chipset Driver: The chipset is generally mounted at the back of a motherboard and controls typically factors such as the number of high-speed components you can connect to the motherboard or how many super-fast USB ports the motherboard supports. Therefore, updating the chipset driver is essential to ensure proper operation and smooth communication between your OS and the motherboard.
- VGA (Virtual Graphics Array) Driver: The VGA, referred to as the graphics driver, uses high-frequency cables to carry analog signals and deliver a high-resolution video quality. Therefore, you will notice a significant dip in your computer’s graphics if your VGA driver isn’t updated.
- LAN Driver: The LAN drivers allow you to connect your computer to another computer network. These LAN drivers are generally referred to as the Network Drivers. In order to ensure network connectivity options for your OS, you have to keep the Network (LAN) driver updated.
- Audio/Sound Driver: An audio port is used to link the computer’s sound hardware with your speakers, headphones, earphones, or other audio devices. Every computer has at least one analog audio port that lets you connect your stereo speakers and a microphone. If these are not updated, you will not be able to use your speakers, stereo, or microphone on your computer/laptop.
- SATA Driver: SATA, also known as the Serial AT attachment, is responsible for hosting mass storage devices like HDDs, SSDs, and optical hard drives. It is necessary to keep this driver update so that you don’t risk losing your data.
How To Find Motherboard Drivers?
You will first need to locate and identify your motherboard drivers before you get around to installing them. Therefore, you need to know the name of your system’s motherboard along with its model number. However, at times people are unaware of the make and model number of their respective motherboards. To find the name and model number of your motherboard, you need to,
- Open RUN using Windows + R.
- Type “msinfo32” and press Enter.
- Look for BaseBoard Manufacturer and BaseBoard Product.
Now to find the motherboard drivers, follow the steps given below
- Launch your Internet Browser
- Open Google
- Type “Gigabyte H81M-Gaming 3 drivers”
- You will now get a few Google results. Locate the official website of the manufacturer (in this case, Gigabyte) that matches your description (look for keywords like support, drivers, download, etc)
- Click on the relevant link
- Select the OS that is currently installed on your PC/Laptop or Select All
- Under the Driver section, you will now see a list of drivers
- Select the drivers you wish to install
- Hit “DOWNLOAD”
- The computer will now download your selected drivers.
Note: In place of Gigabyte H81M-Gaming 3 drivers, you need to type in the name of your motherboard and model in the Google search bar to find the respective drivers.
How To Install Motherboard Drivers?
Once you have downloaded all the required motherboard drivers, you will now need to install them. The downloaded software are stored in your computer’s DOWNLOADS section.
Note: It is recommended that you download only one update at a time and restart your system after each update. This is because the updated driver won’t take effect unless the system starts fresh. To ensure long-term driver stability, it is essential that you restart your PC after each update.
There are multiple methods using which you can install motherboard drivers into your system. Here is a step by step guide that will guide you through the installation process of each method
Installing Motherboard Drivers Using CD
To install your drivers using a CD, you will need to have the CD that came with your motherboard. If you already have an optical hard drive and a Motherboard driver CD, it is relatively simple to update your drivers.
To install and update your motherboard drivers using a CD, follow the given steps.
- Insert the “Motherboard CD” into your CD/DVD ROM
- Wait for your computer to detect the CD.
- Once detected, select “My Computer/This PC” on your system
- In case your system has an “AUTORUN” feature, it will display the Driver Installation Interface on your motherboard
- If it doesn’t, then you will need to go to “My Computer/This PC” on your system
- Locate the DVD once inside “My Computer/This PC”
- Right Click on the option
- Select the option which reads “Install Or Run Program From Your Media.”
- Tap “YES”
- The “Installation Interface” will now be visible on your screen
- Select the drivers you wish to install (Drivers which are already installed won’t appear on the Interface)
- Tap on “Express Install“
- This will start installing all your selected software (You can also update each separately by selecting “Install” located to the right of your designated software)
- Upon completion, you will see a message that reads, “Installation Complete! Please Reboot Your Computer.”
- Tap “YES.”
Your drivers have now been successfully installed and updated using a CD. Note that it is essential to restart your PC after the installation otherwise, the updated drivers won’t take effect.
Installing Motherboard Drivers Without CD
In order to install your motherboard drivers without a CD, you will first need to locate and identify your motherboard drivers before you get around to installing them. Therefore, you need to know the name of your system’s motherboard along with its model number.
To install your motherboard drivers without CD, follow the steps.
- Launch your Internet Browser
- Find and Install Install your Motherboard Drivers using the above guide
- Now, go to the Downloads folder and locate the downloaded .zip file
- Right click on it and extract the files in it
- Open the Extracted folder and locate the Setup file
- Click on the Setup file and follow the setup to install motherboard drivers
Install all the drivers. Remember to restart your PC after each update
Installing Motherboard Drivers Using USB
Majority of the computers/laptops may not have a CD/DVD drive making it impossible to install new drivers using the motherboard CD. Meanwhile, some of the computers may not have Internet Connectivity which rules out the option of downloading the latest drivers from the Internet. In this case, you can use a Universal Support Bus (USB) to download and store drivers for latest installation.
To install motherboard drivers, follow the given steps
- Find A Computer with Internet Connectivity
- Now Find and download the motherboard drivers using the above guide
- Copy the downloaded files from the computer to your USB
- Plug in the USB in your computer/laptop
- Locate the USB folder and copy the drivers to your PC and install it.
- If your computer doesn’t start then you can Install drivers using the BIOS
Remember to restart your computer after each driver is updated.
How To Update Motherboard Drivers?
Your motherboard drivers need to be updated constantly. If they remain outdated, you can experience several issues in terms of Internet connectivity, sound, video, and so on. Therefore, it is essential that you update your motherboard drivers every time there is a new update.
To update your motherboard drivers, follow the given steps
- Right click on the Windows option to the bottom left of your monitor
- Locate “Device Manager”
- Open your computer’s “Device Manager.”
- You will now see the list of all the installed drivers in your system
- To update a driver, right click on your chosen driver
- Select “Update Driver”
- There will now be 2 options available on your screen
- Select any option convenient to you
- If a new update is available, then your computer will automatically update your chosen driver to the latest version
The Bottom Line
We hope our article was able to successfully walk you through how you can find, download, install, and update your motherboard drivers. The motherboard is an important peripheral of your entire computing system. It is the pathway through which your PC’s components interact with each other. Updating your drivers to the latest version will help you get the most out of these drivers. However, not updating your drivers periodically will cause to face issues concerning internet connectivity, sound, video, and so on. The process to install and update motherboard drivers is generally the same for all. Majority of the manufacturers also provide utilities that handle the entire process for you. Make sure you double check the drivers you are installing for your motherboard and restart your system after each driver is installed.