Device Manager Library Online?
Posted on 2009-02-23
When doing a Windows reinstallation, I often end up in a situation where a few drivers are missing. Typically, the missing driver descriptions in the Device Manager are adequate for me to figure out what driver is needed. Sometimes, however, they aren't. When this occurs, I open the drivers Properties dialog and go to the Details tab. Here the "device string" appears. (I don't know what the correct name is). Here's an example:
With this string I conduct a web search with the Vender value (8086, which is Intel) and the Device value (27D8). Often the websearch gives me a clue what type of device driver I need. Often, however, it takes a while poking through the different "driver for sale" sites to figure out what the nature of the driver is.
Is there a library out there where I can plug in "8086" and "27D8" and it provides me with a reasonable description of the driver?