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Missing Drivers - Can't Find Device Instance Id

Posted on 2012-03-22
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I'm re-installing an old Dell XPS Laptop with Windows, and I'm still missing a few drivers.  Determining the correct driver for some of the devices is easy (ex. Ethernet Controller).  Some aren't so easy (ex. PCI Device).  I often take a look at the Device Instance Id to give me a clue about the devices with the missing drivers, but this version of XP isn't providing me with the Details tab on the device properties dialog.  What are other methods exist to "hone in" on the proper drivers for the devices that "aren't so easy"?
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Dell does a good job of providing drivers by asking you for Service Tag / Express Code

http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/ProductSelector?dgc=ST&cid=68494&lid=1724550

It will list all the drivers needed for your machine
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Yep. That's how I got from 12 driverless devices to 2.  The list of drivers for this particular laptop, however, is pretty dang long.
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