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Finding Drivers

When doing PC repairs people that have crashed their hard drive or etc require windows to be reloaded clean and the main problems I have is with drivers. I use drivermax and Driver guide but sometimes I still run into issues finding drivers.

Are there some other services I should be using to find drivers better than drivermax and driverguide?
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ATL74
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ATL74
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d_nedelchevCommented:
Try http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/latest. The packages are quite rich and are updated relatively often.
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edbedbCommented:
This is another good source for drivers. http://www.downloadwindowsdrivers.info/
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I would get the drivers for the particular piece of hardware. The hardware manufacturers web-site should have drivers available online
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ATL74Author Commented:
Well the problem is that sometimes you don't know what the hardware ls. It just shows up with the yellow mark beside it in device manager.
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_Commented:
For the rough ones, I usually do this:

find problem device ID in Windows
Start - programs - accessories - system tools - system information.  Click on "components" and then expand "problem devices".  This will identify your devices.  Look at the PNP Device ID line of each entry.  Note down the VEN/DEV numbers (4 digits long) and look them up here:


PCI Vendor and Device Lists
Not an official list, but by far the most accurate and complete.....
http://www.pcidatabase.com

Look for drivers for the identified chips at the manufacturer's website.

A little old, but this works fairly well, also.
Unknown Device Identifier tool here:
http://www.freewindows.dk/fw/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=145&min=20&orderby=titleA&show=10

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kirubalksCommented:
This is what I always do, if i cant find out the drivers.

Goto Run -> Devmgmt.msc
Right Click and goto properties of the Device you want to find the driver(Might be in yellow color)
Go to Details TAB.
Select Hardware IDs from the drop down copy the first Value(CTRL+C)

Now goto this Site. This will give you almost all the drivers in the world.
http://www.devid.info/
Smply past and Search
You will surely get the relevant Drivers. Just download the relevant Driver and install.

This works for me very well.


 http://www.devid.info
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nobusCommented:
i always start by visiting the motherboard manufacturer's site for drivers; only if that does not work, i use other methods (like for add -on cards)

you can also use Windows update to find drivers (for devices that the manufacturers do not make newer drivers for)

drivermax and the simmilar drivereasy work the same : the get the device id from the system, and look in their databases for the drivers
sometimes this does not work - for different reasons - eg usb devices (printers, scanners) - you have to look for the proper driver - and software
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
CPU-Z is also helpful in diagnosing a component's make and model.
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johnb6767Commented:
Not to mention Windows Update... As long as you have a NIC driver, let WU scan it and see what is available.....
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_Commented:
Thank you much.    : )
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Thanks for the points
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