View Full Version : What is the purpose of a chipset?


science man
11-24-09, 12:22 AM
subject says all.

Ellie
11-24-09, 12:28 AM
you just reminded me that i never installed my laptops chipset driver.

in my own description: the chipset is a database of hardware specific information so the os is more aware of these specifics.

Montec
11-24-09, 12:29 AM
Hardware interface between the cpu and the rest of the system. Although some of the more modern cpus have incorporated a memory interface that was an exclusive function of the chip set.
:)

Ellie
11-24-09, 12:31 AM
osx may install a chipset when the os is installed so it may be automated but there are no chipset drivers in linux.

science man
11-24-09, 11:25 PM
you just reminded me that i never installed my laptops chipset driver.

in my own description: the chipset is a database of hardware specific information so the os is more aware of these specifics.

such as what? What's on the drive? Why can't the drive and the cpu do that?

Ellie
11-25-09, 12:00 AM
its been years since i thought about this so just going off the top of my head.

every mb has a chipset, the driver is an interface between the os and that specific chipset. as far as i know mb manufacturers write their own chipset drivers OR they enhance them. if you dont install the chipset driver then it may cause problems with some peripherals not working.

other than that i am either not sure or i have forgotten.

CheskiChips
11-25-09, 12:36 AM
osx may install a chipset when the os is installed so it may be automated but there are no chipset drivers in linux.

That can't be true - if there were no drivers there would be no operation. IBM frequently open sources their chipset - some don't, like HP.

Ellie
11-25-09, 12:49 AM
What part is not true?

science man
11-25-09, 12:54 AM
its been years since i thought about this so just going off the top of my head.

every mb has a chipset, the driver is an interface between the os and that specific chipset. as far as i know mb manufacturers write their own chipset drivers OR they enhance them. if you dont install the chipset driver then it may cause problems with some peripherals not working.

other than that i am either not sure or i have forgotten.

what is a peripheral?

Ellie
11-25-09, 12:55 AM
Did your computer come with google?

science man
11-25-09, 12:58 AM
Did your computer come with google?

all i got out of it's definition is that it's something thats behind the chipset.

Ellie
11-25-09, 01:06 AM
A peripheral is anything you plug in.

science man
11-25-09, 01:09 AM
A peripheral is anything you plug in.
ok then here,


its been years since i thought about this so just going off the top of my head.

every mb has a chipset, the driver is an interface between the os and that specific chipset. as far as i know mb manufacturers write their own chipset drivers OR they enhance them. if you dont install the chipset driver then it may cause problems with some peripherals not working.


How so?

Ellie
11-25-09, 01:15 AM
Because those peripherals come with their own driver.

science man
11-25-09, 01:18 AM
Because those peripherals come with their own driver.

so then wouldn't that be a reason to be able to run without a chipset?

Ellie
11-25-09, 01:28 AM
it more of a low level interface.

http://www.pantherproducts.co.uk/Articles/Motherboard/chipset.shtml

science man
11-25-09, 01:35 AM
it more of a low level interface.

http://www.pantherproducts.co.uk/Articles/Motherboard/chipset.shtml

ah ok thanks.