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One stop download for a specific computers drivers?

RSchierer
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I am presently working on a Dell latitude D630 laptop. I had to wipe it out and reinstall Windows XP Pro on it.

Now I have to install all the drivers for this computer so I can connect to the internet, audio etc.

Besides going to DELL's Website, is there any place that I can just input the model of a computer and get all the drivers at once?
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Dell's site would have the most up to date and relevant drivers.

Wouldn't really trust any of the other 'magic' all in one driver sites.
I use this site when looking for drivers, Dell is probably your best choice but give this if you don't wanna go their

http://www.driverguide.com/
Unless the laptop's service tag is listed as stolen, why wouldn't you want to just goto their website and use the service tag and download all the latest drivers? put them on a USB drive and load them all? you can do it from another machine and type the needed service tag into the reference box. you can usually even find older versions of the drivers if you need to deal with a compatibility issue.

you can use a program like Astra32 to get individual hardware IDs and than find drivers individually.

as for a web site with a driver DB of laptop/computer models and full parts/driver lists the variations possible is pretty much an insurmountable task, especially since almost all computer manufacturers attempt to force you to use their services in the hopes of getting more money.  

just looking at your laptop model, there are probably 3-4 main variations of it, probably 20 optional parts, 4 major Operating systems Dell has offered, backwards compatibility for 2 more.  each device probably has 3-20 revisions of drivers. there's a high likelihood that dell used multiple vendors as well and that "could" create another set of potential conflicts or confusion.

so your "list" would really end up being a a set of about something like 200 likely combinations of driver sets with hundreds of likely exceptions.

where as Dell and most other large manufacturers keep pretty good DBs of the parts and drivers by service tag/serial number, and leave them available for very long periods of time.
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if your lan is running (also needed for Dell's site) - this can do what you want : www.drivereasy.com
let it scan - then get drivers, and have them all

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thanks for the info everyone. Harel66 hit it on the head. In both his posts. I did download all the drivers from DELL using it service tag. And ended up with about 35 files. I had to unzip and install each one to find the ones that were the correct ones for this particular laptop.

thanks for all your feedback.