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Knife Edge Software
November 05, 2009
This article describes how to determine driver versions
as well as how to locate and install new drivers for video and/or sound
Determining drivers and driver build numbers
Prior to looking for new drivers, it is important to
determine which sound and video card and driver versions are currently
installed on your PC. There are several methods that may be utilized to
determine the driver versions and dates. The method selected is a matter
of personal preference.
Click on the Windows Start menu, select Program
Files/RealFlight/ RealFlight Control Panel (or Program
Files/RealRace/ RealRace Control Panel). In the Control
Panel click on the Technical Support button. The video and
sound card information will be located in the dialog box in the upper,
left corner. Please note: this process is only applicable to certain
versions of our software. If your software does not include a control
panel, then it will be necessary to access this information using a
Click on the Windows Start menu, select Run
and type 'DXDIAG' in the space provided. Click OK. This will
launch the DirectX diagnostics tool. Click on the Display tab
to determine the video card you are using as well as the driver
version. Click on the Sound tab to view the sound card you are
using as well as the driver version. Some individuals will have two Display
tabs. One is a 2 Dimensional Card; the other is for the 3 Dimensional
Card. You will most likely want to update both cards.
Alternately, you might wish to right click on the My
Computer icon. This is located on the desktop of your computer.
Click on Properties. The System Properties window should
appear. If you are running Windows 95/98 click on the Device
Manager tab. If running Windows 2000, click on the Hardware tab
followed by the Device Manager button. Next, click on Sound, video,
and game controllers and to determine the sound card. Click on the
Driver tab to determine the drivers utilized. Click on Display
adapters, in the Device Manager to view the video card
information. Click on the Driver tab to determine the drivers
Locating and Downloading Drivers
After you have determined the make, model and driver
information for your sound and video cards, you are now ready to locate
and possibly download recent drivers. To do so, you will need to locate
the company that manufactures the video
and sound cards.
Please note, unless it has been suggested otherwise, you
should download the most recent driver available for your sound and video
cards. Occasionally this will be suggested as the recent drivers might
cause difficulties or conflict with your computer.
When you start to download the driver it will ask
you to either Save to a disk or Open file from its current
location. You should check save this file to a disk, and
download to your Documents section. Open up your Documents
section, and find the drivers you have just downloaded. Click on the
driver files, which should be in zipped form. Generally speaking, most
drivers are self-executing or self-extracting. This means that after
you have downloaded them to your PC you click on the file and the
program will 'walk you through' the installation with on-screen
If the driver or drivers are transferred to your
desktop in zip form you will have to unzip them. Your computer should
have an unzip program already installed, but if you do not have an
unzipping program you can download a free trial version of Winzip.
Unzip the download into the Windows temp folder. Make sure you
know the exact location of the folder. It should be extracted into the
windows directory as: C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\DRIVER NAME AND VERSION
Make sure that you carefully review the Readme.txt
that is in the download. Following the directions listed, as they are
generally the most appropriate directions to correctly install the
drivers for your respective card or cards. It may be helpful to print
these instructions for use at a later date.
Occasionally the old drivers may still be present in
your system. If this is the case, they may cause conflicts in certain
applications. These drivers may not be apparent in the standard Windows
mode. To remove them, please access the Windows Safe Mode.
For Windows 95 users reboot your computer. Enter the
Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key on the keyboard when the message Starting
Windows 95 appears.
For Windows 98 users reboot the computer and holding
down the left control (ctrl) key during the reboot. The screen will
display a menu, which has an option for Safe Mode, after a
short period of time. Please choose the Safe Mode option.
Once you get into Safe Mode right click on My
Computer, left click on Properties, go to Device Manager,
and left click the plus button next to Display Adapters. If
there are any listings for sound or video cards that you no longer
have or multiple entries for your current video Card, it is necessary
to remove them.
Some manufacturers offer what they term "Special
Purpose" drivers. In most cases you should download and install the
"special purpose" (or "alternate," or
"beta") drivers, rather than the "recommended"
The "special purpose" (or "alternate," or
"beta") drivers are the latest, and often fix known problems
that exist in the "recommended" drivers.
For some cards, problems in the "recommended"
drivers can cause lockups (computer "freeze"), graphics/sound
problems, etc., in RealFlight. This has been particularly true for ATI
cards (Radeon, and earlier cards such as the Rage series). So, be sure to
use the latest drivers for your cards. In many cases, this means you
should use the "special purpose" drivers.
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