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Would I Need To Reinstall Drivers If I Replace Identical Hardware?

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#1 wonderbar


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Posted 18 January 2009 - 05:59 AM

I've been having problems with my current 5 port usb pci card for a while now. It's worked fine for over 2 years and recently about 5 months ago some of the ports stopped working. & if anything is connected to them the pc will freeze or reboot itself. With the exception of two ports that work fine. So I decided to take a look at the card and clean it off because it had major dust on it. That didn't help solve the problem, so I setup a system restore point, uninstalled the card from my "device manager" in xp, rebooted my system, and xp reinstalled the card again automatically. That also didn't help as the ports still didn't work properly. So whatever I restored my system back to before I did that. Point is I give up so I'm going to buy a new usb pci card.

My question is...

Can I buy the exact same usb pci card and just switch it with the old one without having to reinstall the drivers [or xp doing it automatically]? I ask because there are many programs I have that would have to be reinstalled to work if the usb card drivers need to be reinstalled.

I can get the exact same card, but I'm wondering if I can switch it with my current one as if I never even did a switch at all. Please let me know if I can fool xp this way or not.

Thank you for your time.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 06:18 AM

if you get a hold of the exact same card. The drivers that are already installed will reuse the drivers from the defective card. Windows NT and up is pretty good at keeping a driver profile handy for such events. If you can't get the exact card. Then yeah You may have to use the Driver CD that comes with it. Most likely It may just automatically install drivers that are already in the Driver CAB files. Give or take. You should have no problem with replacing the card. Being it was caked with dust.. Dust can carry an electrical Charge. Otherwise Known as static. What may happen is air might blow over the dust causing positive Ions to get excited and generate enough of a jolt to burn up the sensitive Micro chips on that card. Like most people will say on this web site and any computer professional. It's imperative to keep your machine clean and healthy. Think of it like changing the oil in a car. It needs to be done every 3 months or every 5000 Miles. What happens if that gets neglected? It ceases to run or function properly. Almost the same deal. Its a must to take care of that. People that have pets or near heavy traffic areas are more vulnerable to dust. I highly recommend buying a small 1 Gallon Electrical Air compressor just for this purpose if not canned air is an option that could be dangerous if misused. Bear in mind a clean computer is a happy computer.

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Edited by Goldwyn, 18 January 2009 - 06:24 AM.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 07:08 AM

there are many programs I have that would have to be reinstalled to work if the usb card drivers need to be reinstalled.

Sorry, but I must ask, why would you need to reinstall programs if you needed to update a driver?
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