How do you update video drivers on the MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by monkeycid, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. monkeycid macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Hi guys!

    Trying to get the hang of using this beast. Amongst being my first laptop and Mac, it's also the first computer I've had that has used more than one video card so I am little confused when it comes to updating drivers.

    On a MBP do I need to visit the nVidia and Intel websites to keep up-to-date with drivers or will Mac auto-update them for me? Also, do I need to do anything in particular when updating two separate drivers on one computer? Eg. Turn on/off auto-switching in Energy Saver?
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    OSX will download the newest drivers from Apple. Although, driver updates don't happen too often. Usually they're just rolled into 10.x.x updates(when 10.8.3 comes out, it'll probably include some updated drivers)
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need to do anything to keep your drivers updated. Software Update will notify you if anything system-related needs to be updated.

    This may be useful:

  4. monkeycid thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Thanks for the quick replies and useful links!

    I went into panic mode just now after visiting nVidia and seeing no support for Mac OS once I had selected my video card in the drop-down menus. Yikes! Relief to know they're covered automatically.

    It seems with every little thing I do on this Mac is more convenient and easier than on a PC!

    /crosses off having to check for drivers.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can basically forget all the "maintenance" or "clean up" tasks you may have done with Windows. None of that is necessary on Mac OS X.
  6. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Unfortunately, you can also forget about video performance improvements until Apple integrate whatever changes are made upstream by Nvidia or AMD to their drivers.

    2 sides to every coin.... it's a trade-off.
  7. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    If there is a serious driver issue, Apple often gets right on it. If it is just driver tweaking, I wouldn't be too upset to not get the 1% increase in performance right away.

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