Chipsets are groups of integrated circuits. In other words, a chipset is a series of computer circuits designed to work together. Every motherboard has a chipset, and certain gaming graphics cards or other pieces of complex hardware feature self-contained chipsets for advanced operations. If the chipset drivers are out of date, a computer's hardware may not function properly. Computers periodically scan for updates, but you can use the Windows 7 interface to manually trigger a chipset driver update.
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Click on the Windows "Start" button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. In Windows 7, the "Start" button is not labelled, but is represented by an orb with the Windows logo.
Click "Control Panel." A new window opens.
Click "Hardware and Sound."
Click "Device Manager." You may be prompted for your administrator password at this time.
Right-click on the device for which you want to update chipset drivers.
Click "Update Driver Software" to trigger a search for new driver files. If updates are found, Windows 7 automatically installs the latest software drivers, including chipset device drivers.
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