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carnage187
09-15-2014, 09:12 AM
Hello enthusiasts,

I have a question regarding the multiple drivers from different vendors for the same device on the asus driver download page.
normaly i just download the latest version of a driver for a device an install it, but its a bit different this time:

WLAN:

Version V6.30.223.228
Broadcom Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V17.0.1.5
Intel WiFi Wireless LAN Driver
Version V1.0.37.1274
Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V6.30.223.181
Broadcom Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V10.0.0.274
Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V1.0.0.3
ASUS Wireless Radio Control (A driver to make you switch Airplane mode(Wireless) On/Off)
Version V16.6.0.8
Intel WiFi Wireless LAN Driver

BT:

Version V8.0.1.318
Qualcomm Atheros BlueTooth driver
Version V17.0.1312.0414
Intel BlueTooth driver
Version V8.0.1.314
Qualcomm Atheros BlueTooth driver
Version V12.0.0.8070
Broadcom BlueTooth driver
Version V3.1.1311.0402
Intel BlueTooth driver

i know to download the latest version of the same vendor, but why are there 3 different vendors for the same device in my laptop. how do i know which one to install (especially if, regarding to asus, all of them are compatible to my G750JS)
i dont think there are 3 different WLAN and 3 different BT devices in the g750js.
i could run a tool like everest or some kind of that, but would it read the hw itself or would it read from the driver to give me the info about the hardware?

thanks for you help for solving my "mystery" in advance.

hmscott
09-15-2014, 01:01 PM
Hello enthusiasts,

I have a question regarding the multiple drivers from different vendors for the same device on the asus driver download page.
normaly i just download the latest version of a driver for a device an install it, but its a bit different this time:

WLAN:

Version V6.30.223.228
Broadcom Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V17.0.1.5
Intel WiFi Wireless LAN Driver
Version V1.0.37.1274
Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V6.30.223.181
Broadcom Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V10.0.0.274
Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Lan Driver and Application
Version V1.0.0.3
ASUS Wireless Radio Control (A driver to make you switch Airplane mode(Wireless) On/Off)
Version V16.6.0.8
Intel WiFi Wireless LAN Driver

BT:

Version V8.0.1.318
Qualcomm Atheros BlueTooth driver
Version V17.0.1312.0414
Intel BlueTooth driver
Version V8.0.1.314
Qualcomm Atheros BlueTooth driver
Version V12.0.0.8070
Broadcom BlueTooth driver
Version V3.1.1311.0402
Intel BlueTooth driver

i know to download the latest version of the same vendor, but why are there 3 different vendors for the same device in my laptop. how do i know which one to install (especially if, regarding to asus, all of them are compatible to my G750JS)
i dont think there are 3 different WLAN and 3 different BT devices in the g750js.
i could run a tool like everest or some kind of that, but would it read the hw itself or would it read from the driver to give me the info about the hardware?

thanks for you help for solving my "mystery" in advance.

carnage187, Asus ships a number of different configurations of the same model, all of those different hardware types are found in one or more configurations.

The easiest thing to do is to look at what you already have installed, in Programs and Features, and match the make/model/name against the ones in the support area for your model, the JS. Then compare the version number of the one you have installed against the version numbers available in the JS download area, and in the central download areas - sometimes newer drivers are available elsewhere in Asus - Asus is terrible about updating drivers - and you only find new drivers in the shared areas or in new model support areas.

Here is the list of locations I use to find the latest drivers.

G750 support areas - The JM download area has the latest of all the G750, with JS/JZ next, the G750JW/JX/JH are out of date:
http://support.asus.com/Search.aspx?SLanguage=en&keyword=g750&ps=10&pn=1

Here is the latest Notebook Audio - for G750 => Realtek driver package Version V6.0.1.7283
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Audio&os=30

Here are the latest Notebook Bluetooth drivers
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Bluetooth&p=3&ft=27&os=30

Here are the latest Notebook WLAN drivers (no Intel)
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=WLAN&os=3

Here are the latest Notebook LAN drivers
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&s=589&m=LAN&os=&hashedid=n%2fa

Here is the latest KBFilter driver
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=KBFilter&hashedid=n%2fa

Here is the latest Asus Backtracker for Windows 8.1
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=Backtracker&hashedid=n%2fa

Notebook Asus SmartGesture
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=ASUS+Smart+Gesture&hashedid=n%2fa

Notebook ATK Package
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=ATK%20Package&hashedid=n/a

Asus GPU Tweak for Graphics Cards, currently at release 2.6.7.0 for the G750JW/JX/JH
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=9&m=ASUS%20GPU%20Tweak%20for%20Graphics%20cards&hashedid=n/a

Asus GPU Tweak for Laptops, currently at release v1.0.9 for the G750JS/JM/JZ
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&m=ASUS+GPU+Tweak+for+Laptops&hashedid=n%2fa

Here are the Asus posted VGA drivers, it's better to get the latest from Nvidia - currently 340.52, except for the JM owners you probably want to keep using 332.60 to avoid random crashes - as reported by a lot of people.
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=VGA&p=3&s=111[/url111

Asus stopped updating their Intel INFUpdate support area, so go directly to Intel to get the latest - currently 10.0.13
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&FamilyId=42&ProductID=816&ProdId=816

It is better to do this manually, rather than rely on the Asus Live Update tool, as it won't go any further than your model's support area when it looks for updates.

Sometimes Asus adds "old" drivers to the shared areas after newer drivers, so read down the list to get the highest release number - the top one may not be the newest.

That should cover it, any questions?

carnage187
09-15-2014, 01:30 PM
hmscoot, thanks for the detailed reply.
programs and features will only list the software i've installed. i probably should've mentioned that i wiped the hdd and did a complete new 8.1pro installation on my new ssd.

the info about the different versions of wlan and BT modules in the JS series makes sense, but how do i figure out which module is installed on my g750js?

i could run a tool like everest or some kind of that, but would it read the hw itself or would it read from the driver to give me the info about the hardware?

hmscott
09-15-2014, 02:14 PM
hmscoot, thanks for the detailed reply.
programs and features will only list the software i've installed. i probably should've mentioned that i wiped the hdd and did a complete new 8.1pro installation on my new ssd.

the info about the different versions of wlan and BT modules in the JS series makes sense, but how do i figure out which module is installed on my g750js?

carnage187, you could clone your HDD to your SSD with Macrium Reflect, and save yourself a bunch of time :)

Macrium Reflect Free
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

You could also swap in the HDD for a few minutes and take a few quick snipping tool snippets of your installed items.

You did back up your Asus OS install with Asus Backtracker Plus? You could restore to the SSD from the USB 3.0 16GB flash drive, and also save a bunch of time. I have done it both ways.

Doing a from scratch install from Microsoft media takes too much time, and you will keep finding things you missed for days, weeks, and months ahead :)

carnage187
09-15-2014, 02:47 PM
at first i did a backtracker backup but then realized it wasn't a clean system and also full of bloatware....so i deleted it.

it wouldn't be a problem to figure out which correct vendor drivers are needed for my system if i would know if those tools like everest and cpu-z show me what hardware is installed by searching the hardware or are they just relying on the information from the installed driver?

btw, is there even a tool which is showing me detailed information about the installed WLAN and BT module?

ps: i have to install from scratch because i need domain support which is only available on the pro version...

hmscott
09-15-2014, 03:08 PM
at first i did a backtracker backup but then realized it wasn't a clean system and also full of bloatware....so i deleted it.
it wouldn't be a problem to figure out which correct vendor drivers are needed for my system if i would know if those tools like everest and cpu-z show me what hardware is installed by searching the hardware or are they just relying on the information from the installed driver?
btw, is there even a tool which is showing me detailed information about the installed WLAN and BT module?
ps: i have to install from scratch because i need domain support which is only available on the pro version...

carnage187, there are 6 apps that I find better to not have installed, but it is a minor task to uninstall Power4Gear, Splendid, Gaming Mouse, Vibe, Live Update, and McAfee - like 5 minutes to uninstall - far less time than a complete from scratch install takes.

You can upgrade the stock install with your Pro license, that is what I did. It is a feature add:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs

If you have a Pro license, and you are going to throw away the built-in license. That seems like a waste of $200.

There is a procedure for changing the base license after install and enabling the feature.

Installing windows 8.1 Pro “Full Version”" when windows 8 is already installed
https://superuser.com/questions/801240/installing-windows-8-1-pro-full-version-when-windows-8-is-already-installed

"So far this solution has worked. I got a generic windows 8.1 pro "upgrade key" (a key meant to upgrade from 8.1 standard to pro).

I opened "get more features with a new addition of windows" and used this key. It worked and was now recognized as a windows 8.1 pro machine.

I then opened "change product key" in system settings, used the system builder key I had, and activated it via phone, and all is good so far."

What did you delete? Did you erase the Backtracker Flash drive, or delete the recovery partition from the HDD? If you still have the HDD intact you can still boot on it and get the info you need.

Yes, you need the drivers installed to ID the hardware. That is what identifies the hardware. You can use the device manager and decipher the ID's if you are handy, but googling for that is a pain and might not get exactly what you are looking for.

You can download all the drivers, and try each one. They shouldn't install unless they find compatible hardware. If they do, then when you go to look for the expected enumerated device and it doesn't show up, try another driver.

carnage187
09-16-2014, 08:19 AM
either i was lucky with my two 1st try's, or i installed the driver from another vendor for WLAN and BT but there were no warnings and the mudules work without a problem.
anyway, thanks for the help hmscoot.
btw, i am from austria and i paid 59€ for my 8.1 pro (got the discount because of my gf's university discount)

hmscott
09-16-2014, 11:48 AM
either i was lucky with my two 1st try's, or i installed the driver from another vendor for WLAN and BT but there were no warnings and the mudules work without a problem.
anyway, thanks for the help hmscoot.
btw, i am from austria and i paid 59€ for my 8.1 pro (got the discount because of my gf's university discount)

carnage187, sounds good, glad it is working. Continue and replace all the generic Microsoft drivers with available specific to hardware Windows 8.1 drivers to assure expected successful performance.

Have fun :)