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Motherboard Drivers Intel - Resources and Links
Before we get started, here are some links that you may want to check out if you are searching for Intel Motherboard Drivers. The rest of the article focuses on things like doing Intel motherboard firmware updates, flashing the bios, updating your existing motherboard drivers, and more.
- Intel.com - Intel's homepage, start here if you need a language other then English.
- Intel Motherboards index - A current list of Intel's motherboards, as well as some past motherboards that Intel has manufactured.
- Intel Support - Intel's main support page. Here, you can find support for just about any Intel product, including Intel motherboards, processors, SSDs, and more.
- Intel Download Center - A direct link to Intel's driver download center. Select Desktop Boards from the Select a product family window. From there, you can specify your motherboard's series and model in order to get drivers quickly and easily.
- Intel Driver Utility - An in-browser tool that checks your computer to see if there are any available Intel motherboard driver updates.
- Intel Product Identifier Utility - An Intel utility that helps you find the specific model of your motherboard or other Intel product.
- Intel Contact Page - Provides a way to contact Intel, should you need advanced support for your product.
- Intel Processor/Motherboard Compatibility Utility - A convenient tool that helps you find out what motherboards are compatible with certain processors.
- Intel Processor Spec Finder - A utility that helps you to find detailed specs about a CPU.
- Intel Warranty and Part Replacement - Use this page if you have a defective Intel motherboard. Here, you can request a replacement if your item is still under warranty.
- Intel Motherboard Forum - A place to chat with other Intel motherboard owners, discuss upcoming releases, and seek help if you are having trouble with your specific motherboard.
- Intel Wiki Page - Intel's official Wiki Page.
If possible, it's always best to use motherboard information directly from the manufacturer, and Intel is usually good about staying up to date with motherboard information, release info, and product updates.
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Intel Motherboard Drivers
Intel makes it easy to check for updates on your current motherboard. Occasionally, Intel will release updates to your current motherboard driver to help it support newer components. For example, some older motherboards may have needed updates in order to be compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7. To check for any available updates for your specific motherboard, use the link 'Intel Driver Utility' listed in the previous section.
In most cases, installing a major firmware/driver update for a motherboard requires you to flash the motherboard's BIOS. The BIOS is the motherboard's built-in software that lets you configure components such as RAM speed, temperature sensors, and more. It also allows you to overclock your CPU, should you ever decide to do that. Flashing the BIOS simply updates the BIOS software to the latest version. One important thing to note about installing motherboard firmware updates that require a BIOS flash, you absolutely cannot lose power to your computer during the update process. The computer must remain on and functional the entire time the update is being made. For example, if there is a power surge, or your PC does shut off during an update, your motherboard could be rendered useless.