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idata
Community Manager
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Intel network drivers for Lenovo laptop

Hi,

I have Lenovo laptop (x230, windows 7 x64).

I had latest drivers (ethernet + wifi) from Lenovo website.

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&DocID=HT073834 http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&DocID=HT073834

Ethernet 11.15.16.0

Wireless 15.03.1000.1637

Intel update tool has detected that there are more newer drivers for ethernet and wifi.

In the meantime for my Intel http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/graphics/cp3-hd4000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000 the tool is saying

A customized computer manufacturer driver is installed on your computer. The Intel Driver Update Utility is not able to update the driver. Installing a generic Intel driver instead of the customized computer manufacturer driver may cause technical issues. Contact yourhttp://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm computer manufacturer for the latest driver for your computer.

But for wired and wireless network drivers it just recommends to install new drivers.

I have installed new driver 12.6.45.0 for ethernet adapter from Intel website. And I am going to install new wifi driver from Intel.

My question is - what is more correct approach for network adapters: to install drivers only from Lenovo website or newer drivers from Intel is ok?

Thanks

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idata
Community Manager
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Also after I installed ethernet drivers with option "Intel property pages for device manager" I expected that some customized pages will exist in ethernet adapter properties. But there is no any new or customized page, just usual properties as before installation.

Jose_H_Intel1
Employee
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Hello barmaley,

We always recommend getting the drivers from the computer manufacturer as they usually customize and test them with your system model.

There is a chance your system may have switchable graphics (Intel® HD Graphics 4000 + third party graphics controller) and if that is the case only the custom drivers from the manufacturer will work properly.

I hope this answers your question.