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What are these programms and do I need them? Answered

Hi, ive just bought a laptop to use for music playback and storage. I dont want it for anything else (not even internet), its a basic XP toshiba and I got it second hand. So i went to start uninstalling any non essential programms to give me as much space for storage as I can and to help it run quicker. However i can see several programms ive never heard of and wondered if anyone wold be kind enough to explain to me what they do and if I need them or I can uninstall them. Thanks

REALTEK Gigabit and fast Ethernet NIC driver
Blue tooth stack for Windows by toshiba
Sonic DLA
Texas Instruments

Also what is Inervideo WinDVD creator 2, i have some Idea but dont want to unistall if it does something to the computer

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Boba Jett

4 years ago

Thanks for all the replies it is much appreciated!

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bwrussell

4 years ago

REALTEK etc is running running your Ethernet card. Do not remove.

Bluetooth is a short range radio technology that is often used to stream music to wireless speakers and data transfer from phones. Not necessary but could be useful.

Sonic DLA - No idea, try google.

Texas Instruments is a company that creates lab equipment. Most likely this is the software/drivers for one of their graphing calculators. This can go.

If you really want the cleanest, fastest install then you should reformat the existing drive, or buy a new one, and do a fresh Windows install. Of course you will need a windows install disk.

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bwrussellBoba Jett

Answer 4 years ago

Forgot about the winDVD thing. This will burn and probably play DVD's. If you really won't be using this for anything besides music then you should be ok to remove it. You can still read them as data disks and there are comparable free programs you could install later if you suddenly needed that playback functionality.

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seandogue

4 years ago

The RealTek driver is probably required for your ethernet (internet) connection.

The Bluetooth driver is probably required for bluetooth connectivity.

Sonic DLA and the Texas Instruments entries, idk... that depends on what they're serving.

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seandogueseandogue

Answer 4 years ago

oh, and the WinDVD is likely used for interaction with the laptop's cd/dvd player/writer.

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Vyger

4 years ago

Large volume notebook drives are pretty reasonable in price now so if you really need that much storage you can just upgrade the drive. If you also want speed then upgrade to an SSD drive. Upgrading to those makes a big improvement to notebooks but they are still a little pricy.

Don't remove any of your hardware drivers. Windows will just find it again as new hardware and will try to reinstall every time it restarts.

Sonic just might be your sound managing program. Although If it is a Realtek NIC they also often put Realtek sound chips on them also.

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VygerVyger

Answer 4 years ago

And I forgot, the intervideo program is what is used for burning CD/DVD. Probably also for playing them. If you delete it then you will not be able to burn disc's or even play them. A lot of things like that don't come integrated into Win XP. Removing them will cripple the function of the notebook.