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Missing Drivers - Can't Find Device Instance Id

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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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Try using driver genius
It really does find some drivers from the internet
I know your Ethernet is not working so you will have to use USB Dongle for internet and download the drivers using Driver Genius
http://www.driver-soft.com/
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Start->Run, msinfo32 [Enter]

Expand Components
Click on Problem Devices

Select the device that's only giving you the yellow triangle in devmgmt.msc and in the right-hand pane you should find the Device ID among other info.

Nice thing about msinfo32 is you can click on the line and choose Edit->Copy, which is not available in devmgmt.msc's Details tab.
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if your LAN is running, you can also use windows update, or drivereasy (free) :  www.drivereasy.com
let it scan, then hit Get Drivers, it will list the drivers - you can google them, or let drivereasy do it
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by:jdana
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Thanks guys!

I've added all three suggestions to my OS reinstall cheat sheet.  I'll give each one a shot.

J
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