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How to translate Driver Fusion

Driver Fusion currently supports 57 different languages, but not all translations are complete yet. This guide describes how easy it is to translate Driver Fusion to your preferred language. The following steps are described in detail:

  1. Prerequisites.
  2. Adding a new language.
  3. Translating into your language.
  4. Submit to Treexy.

 

STEP 1: PREREQUISITES

Before you can start translating Driver Fusion, you only need to download these two items:

  • DriverFusionLanguages.zip, containing the translations currently used and a simple one-click converter (LangResX) to convert the translations file to the format used in Driver Fusion.
  • Zeta Resource Editor, a free application that enables you to edit the translation files.

Start by extracting the DriverFusionLanguages.zip file to a new directory, for this guide the directory C:\Languages is used. You also need to know the language code for the language that you want to translate. This can be found on the Microsoft website; several examples from that page are nl-nl, fi-fi, zh-hant-hk and en-us. We will use the xx-xx combination throughout this guide, where xx-xx is the language code you just looked up.

 

STEP 2: ADDING A NEW LANGUAGE

This step is only required in case you want to create a translation of a language that is not yet present in Driver Fusion. You can skip this step if you only want to update an existing translation.

To add new language to Driver Fusion, create a copy of the Language.resx file and rename it to Language.xx-xx.resx.

 

STEP 3: TRANSLATING INTO YOUR LANGUAGE

Open Zeta Resource Editor and click on open resources files, as depicted in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Figure 1 – Open resource files location in Zeta Resource Editor.

The easiest way to start translating Driver Fusion is to open Language.xx-xx.resx and Language.resx simultaneously. You can do this in the file opener by keeping the CTRL-key pressed and left-clicking both files. For this guide we opened Language.resx and Language.nl-nl.resx, as depicted in Figure 2.

 Figure 2

Figure 2 – The English and Dutch language opened in Zeta Resource Editor.

The entries of the language you want to translate can be found in the right column, whereas the English language can be found in the middle column. Once you are done translating the entries in the right column, click on Save all files, as depicted in Figure 3.

 Figure 3

Figure 3 – Save all files location in Zeta Resource Editor.

You can try your translation by running the LangResX application (found in the directory where you extracted DriverFusionLanguages.zip) to automatically process all resx files in the directory and generate the corresponding resources files. Copy the Language.xx-xx.resources file to the Languages folder of Driver Fusion. If Driver Fusion is not set to your language already, you can change the current language in the general settings.

 

STEP 4: SUBMIT TO TREEXY

If you want to submit your improvements to Treexy, you can send us an email at support+language@treexy.com with the resx file for your translation. We will include the translation in the next version of Driver Fusion and give you credit for your translation.

Update video card drivers on Windows in four simple steps

This post describes how you can update the video card drivers of your computer. It is important to update drivers because manufacturers often release updates that increase the performance and stability of their devices. Updating drivers is a very straightforward task that can be done by any user but most guides forget a crucial step: remove the old driver before installing new drivers. The following steps are described in detail and will ensure a clean computer and avoids any potential problems:

  1. Find the manufacturer and type of your video card.
  2. Download the latest drivers [NVIDIA] [AMD] [Intel].
  3. Completely uninstall the old drivers.
  4. Install the new drivers.

 

Step 1: Determine the type of video card

  • Can be found in the display properties of Windows.
  • Automatic detection is possible if the name of the manufacturer is known (see Step 2A, 2B or 2C).

First you'll need to determine which video card is installed in your computer. The easiest way to do this is by opening the Display properties window.

  • Windows XP: Right-click on the desktop and select "Properties". Click on the "Settings" tab in the Display properties window. The type of card is located at the end of the name of the display after the word 'on' (Figure 1). For example "Plug and Play Monitor on RADEON 9200 SE" where Radeon 9200 SE is the type of video card.

Windows XP Display properties
Figure 1 - Display properties on Windows XP. Red markings indicate the position of the video card description and the 'Advanced' button (for Step 2) [1, 2]*.

  • Windows Vista: Right-click on the desktop and select "Personalize". Select "Display Settings" at the bottom of the list. Click on "Advanced settings". At the top of the window it shows the adapter type with the name of the device (Figure 2, right side). For example "ATI Radeon HD 3870".

  • Windows 7 and 8: Right-click on the desktop and select "Screen resolution". Select "Display Settings" at the bottom of the list. Click on "Advanced settings" (Figure 2, left side). At the top of the window it shows the adapter type with the name of the device (Figure 2, right side). For example "ATI Radeon HD 3870".

Display settings Windows 7 and Windows 8
Figure 2 - Display properties on Windows Vista, 7 and 8. Red markings indicate points of interest.

 

Step 2: Download the latest drivers

  • Download the latest driver from the manufacturer website [NVIDIA] [AMD] [Intel].
  • Remember the location where you save the installer.

Download the latest drivers from the manufacturer website. There are a lot of sources for drivers such as the website of the manufacturer of the video card (best choice) or the website of the company that made your computer, for example the Dell website. For the sake of simplicity only three of the largest manufacturers will be discussed in detail. Usually a quick search on Google with the type of the video card plus the word 'driver', for example "Ati Radeon HD 3870 driver", has the correct website in the top 5 results. The overall search and download procedure is roughly the same for all manufacturers.

To get the name of manufacturer do the following:

  • Windows XP: Click on 'Advanced' (Figure 1), select the 'Adapter' tab and click 'Properties' (Figure 2, right side, same for Windows XP). The manufacturer is shown in the description at the top (Figure 3).
  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8: Click 'Properties' (Figure 2, right side). The manufacturer is shown in the description at the top (Figure 3).

Windows Device Properties ATI Radeon HD 3870
Figure 3 - Adapter properties on Windows. Red markings indicate the manufacturer name.

 

Step 2A: NVIDIA video card drivers

Download the latest NVIDIA driver for your video card [3]. Figure 4 shows the two available options. Option 1 lets you select the correct driver by narrowing down possibilities through the use of dropdown boxes. Option 2 can automatically determine the correct driver for you but requires the installation of the NVIDIA Smart Scan tool which needs the latest version of Java. Search for the driver and click "download" to download the installation. DO NOT INSTALL YET! Continue with Step 3.

 

Update NVIDIA Drivers
Figure 4 - Download the latest NVIDIA drivers by selecting the correct product. [3]

 

Step 2B: AMD/ATI video card drivers

Download the latest driver for your video card from AMD [4]. As shown in figure 5, AMD offers direct links to drivers for its latest products and dropdown boxes to narrow down the possibilities for its other products. Another options is to "Automatically Detect and Install" (top of the right column) the driver through the installation of another application named AMD Driver Autodetect. Unlike NVIDIA this does not require the installation of Java. Select the device, as found in Step 1, and download the latest driver by clicking "Download". DO NOT INSTALL YET! Continue with step 3.

Update AMD Drivers
Figure 5 - Download the latest AMD drivers by selecting the correct product. [4]

 

Step 2C: Intel video card drivers

Download the latest driver for your video card from Intel [5]. Figure 6 shows the available options for the Intel Download Center. You can search by category which lets you select the correct driver by narrowing down possibilities through the use of dropdown boxes. As we already determined the video card type in Step 1 it is easier to simply search with the product name directly. Just like NVIDIA and AMD Intel offers the option to automatically determine the correct driver for you.  The  Intel Driver Update Utility requires the installation of the latest version of Java. Search for the driver and select the correct operating system and 'Drivers' download type in the next screen. Select the driver installer (.exe) and download the installation by clicking "download". DO NOT INSTALL YET! Continue with Step 3.

 

Update Intel Drivers
Figure 6 - Download the latest Intel drivers by selecting the correct product. [5]

 

Step 3: Completely uninstall the old drivers

  • Uninstall old drivers 100% with Driver Fusion.
  • Note that the screen might flicker and the resolution might temporarily change. Don't worry, this will be fixed when installing the new driver in Step 4.

Before installing the new driver it is wise to uninstall the old driver. You could use the uninstaller provided by the manufacturer but those generally don't remove the driver 100%. The remaining entries (such as folders, files and registry entries) can influence the new installation or even corrupt it. Many of the main video card related problems are caused by faulty drivers.

Download Driver Fusion here [6] and install. Driver Fusion does delete drivers 100% and thus eliminates the chance for corruption and ensures the best possible performance. Delete the current display driver by selecting the driver of the manufacturer and click delete. In the case of "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc." (better known and abbreviated as AMD), the manufacturer in Figure 3, you would select 'AMD Display'. In the case of Step 2B you select 'NVIDIA Display' and in the case of Step 2C you need to select 'Intel Display'. Figure 7 shows the driver selected for removal in Driver Fusion. Note that Driver Fusion can also delete any leftover entries if you already used the uninstaller by the manufacturer.

 

Driver Fusion delete AMD video card driver
Figure 7 - Use Driver Fusion to completely uninstall old drivers.

 

Step 4: Install the new drivers

All that is left is the installation of the new driver. Run the installer that you downloaded in Step 2 and follow the on screen instructions. You have now successfully updated your video card driver.

 

Sources:

* No Windows XP computer was present during the creation of the article so the images used belong to the above sources.

  1. OUTERRIMSIEGES, OuterRimSieges • View topic - *** ORS EVOLUTION: Display settings feedback, visited 14-11-2012, http://boards.outerrimsieges.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=4166.
  2. BRIGHTHUB, Fixing Icon Background Colors in Windows XP, visited 14-11-2012, http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/13875.aspx.
  3. NVIDIA, Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers, visited 14-11-2012, http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx.
  4. AMD, AMD Graphics Drivers & Software – Download the latest drivers for your graphics products, visited 14-11-2012, http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx.
  5. INTEL, Intel Download Center, visited 16-11-2012, http://downloadcenter.intel.com/.
  6. TREEXY, Driver Fusion - The Complete Driver Solution, visited 16-11-2012, http://treexy.com/products/driver-fusion.

Driver Fusion Premium free giveaway winners

The contest has come to an end and the four winners have been randomly picked. A lot of people participated which is really great. Because of the success of this contest we'll definitely do so more contests in the future so make sure to keep track of the latest Treexy announcements ;)

As mentioned the winners will be notified privately through Facebook or Twitter BUT as it turns out Facebook doesn't allow company pages to contact people who liked the page through private message (only possible through regular user accounts) so this required some ingenious workaround: All welcome mister Treexy D. Liver. We used the Treexy D. Liver account to notify the winners so be sure to accept the friend request when you have disabled messaging in Facebook! Although the account name provided a small creative outlet we are still looking for a better (but still potentially private) alternative for future contests because a fake Facebook user account isn't really our style.

Thank you all for participating!

The first two weeks: thank you.

It has been 16 days since the launch of Driver Fusion on the 12th of July and everything went really great. We were able to fix initial problems fast with the release of Driver Fusion 1.1.1 only a few days later. As a start-up company we've learned a lot in the past two weeks. This was our first official product release and Driver fusion is already being downloaded around once a minute on average!

We really enjoyed the correspondence in the last two weeks. We were amazed about the nice emails that we received and it was good to see that people know how to reach us. The questions that we received through email and social media allowed us the help you, the users, fast and reliably but also provided us with valuable feedback about what we can improve at our end. There were even those that went beyond asking a question and took the effort to think along with us and gave great suggestions. We are working hard to incorporate all the great ideas. Thank you (you know your name ;-) ) again for taking the time and effort, we cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your help.

Besides providing support we already started the development of a new Driver Fusion release. The ideas for the next releases are thus far:

  • Improve keyboard assistance (this includes being able to press enter to sign in!)
  • The current solution has virtualization (<- makes things a lot faster) problems on certain configurations. We are unable to reproduce the problem on our test systems but the amount of reports is high enough to justify looking for an alternative method. This should resolve the rare cases in which Driver Fusion still stopped working after the 1.1.1 update.
  • Support for even more system drivers, with Logitech sound being one. Printer system drivers support is also something that we want to add.
  • Double-click on system driver entries to open Windows Explorer or Regedit so that you can directly go to the source of the system driver entry.
  • Improve language support. We already have help with improving the Polish translation but we would really like to improve the other translations as well.
  • Better differentiation in the interface between account registration and verification.
  • Notification in Device Control when an action requires a reboot of your operating system.
  • The ability to resend  the account verification code in case the user doesn't receive the email.
  • Complete backup for all OEM drivers to ease reinstall of your operating system.
  • The ability to generate reports of the collected driver information.

You will probably have some ideas yourself about what should be added to or changed in Driver Fusion. Please let us know so that we can give you your desired functionality in the new releases. It can be as easy as making a Tweet or writing on our Facebook wall. If you need a more elaborate platform to present your grand ideas then you can of course also email us or create a post on the Treexy forum.

Thanks again for all your support and don't forget the 25% off Driver Fusion coupon which can only be used on 100 orders (there are still some left)!

Founding of Treexy

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Treexy was founded this month, 2 July 2012 to be exact. Registered by the chamber of commerce and everything. From now on we will be dedicated to making software for you to maintain and enhance your daily technology experiences.

A brand new website has been designed to provide free downloads of multiple useful applications. Our first application will be Driver Fusion, the successor to the well-known Driver Sweeper. Driver Fusion has great new features for your system. You'll get all functionality of Driver Sweeper, but better and more.The official announcement of Driver Fusion will follow later this week.

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