Are Default Drivers Enough?


Every time I try to join a multiplayer server in Battlefield 2, my computer freezes with no sound for nearly a minute, then resumes again. I can’t seem to diagnose the problem. I have installed the newest patch (1.5). I have reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. All the drivers were automatically installed by Windows, so I only had to install my soundcard drivers. My computer is connected to a cable modem via a Linksys wireless router. I have also manually updated my PunkBuster files. Any idea what’s causing the pausing?


There’s your problem right there, as they say. Your issue actually highlights one of the things Windows 7 does too well. Because Win7’s native drivers are so good (especially compared to Vista’s), nearly everything works fine immediately after install, and you might think the days of manually hunting down and installing drivers are gone. If only.

Although the Windows 7 native drivers are quite solid, it’s always better to manually install the latest version of your motherboard chipset and videocard drivers from the manufacturers’ respective websites. You should even check on your network card drivers. If that doesn’t fix it, make sure that if you’re running a firewall or antivirus program, it’s not blocking BF2—or worse, popping up notifications under the game window where you can’t see them.

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