Having recently reinstalled Windows on a couple of different PC’s I can tell you first hand it can be a pain getting your hands on the right driver for your sound card, video card, network card, etc., not to mention all the rebooting you’ll be doing while installing them.
To save yourself some trouble after you’ve formatted your drive and it’s too late to see what drivers you’ll need, check out a program called DriverMax which can take care of everything for you.
Using DriverMax you’ll be able to easily export a copy of the various drivers your Windows PC is using (to a drive you’re not formatting, of course), then once you’ve formatted things and need your drivers again, install DriverMax and import your drivers back into your computer and you’ll make sure you have the same drivers you started out with. Plus, you’ll just need one reboot for all drivers that are imported instead potentially needing a different reboot for each driver you install.
I haven’t used this program first hand so I can’t say from experience how good/bad it is, but next time I reinstall Windows I’ll definitely check it out.
This free program is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 2003 (server). For more info check out the product page here.
[Via Download Squad]
Many Mac users running Leopard that also have an AirPort Extreme Base Station have been (not so) patiently waiting for Apple to allow USB hard drives plugged into the USB port on the AirPort Extreme to be accessible by Time Machine for backing up. Sharing hard drives from there (called “AirDisk”) is officially supported, so why aren’t Time Machine backups?
Sure, there’s a short hack you can do from the terminal to get it to more or less work, but why isn’t doesn’t it just work without having to resort to terminal voodoo?
Today Apple has released an updated firmware for the AirPort Extreme bringing it up to 7.3.1 that doesn’t officially say that it enables this feature, but some users are discovering that it does in fact work now.
Have Leopard and an AirPort Extreme? Check it out for yourself and see how things go. Maybe you’ll be among the lucky ones that gets it working.
Note to Apple: please stop doing this with your release notes and include some details. If you add something, say what it is. If you fix something, say that too. Don’t use keeping it quiet as a way to stop from having to stop officially support a feature.