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#1 Sparkleflap

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:47 PM

I have recently been working on an old Acer at work and have fixed it's hardware isues. I have installed Windows XP on it. My problem now is, I am unaware of what model etc the computer is. It doesn't have it anywhere! Sooo, which drivers I need are a mystery! Can anyone help at all? Maybe a free program that searches through hardware and finds what drivers you need for you?


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:01 PM

Your best bet in my opinion would be to just boot up XP and let Windows run it's automatic updates. Open Windows Update and make sure to check all of the optional updates and see if there's any that you need. Alternatively, if you find that some devices that don't work, just open the case and take a look at the component you're trying to find drivers for, it should have some sort of brand and model on it somewhere. If there's no model number on the computer, chances are it's a custom built machine, so you may have to install some of those drivers manually.

#3 Sparkleflap

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:04 PM

It isn't custom built, just very, very old. I have also tried looking at the hardware but the stickers on it all say 'Acer' and have a serial key. No actual info about the pieces. Will Windows Updates install drivers?
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:11 PM

You can use the PCI ID to find what hardware is in your laptop.

In device manager, double click the device, and then you need to select some tabs/buttons ... I can do this with my eyes closed but I can't recall the names... :thumbsup:
And I can't check now because no windows PC available ....

Edited by Carpetsmoker, 01 April 2009 - 07:12 PM.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.

#5 Sparkleflap

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:17 PM

Ohh yes! Double click > 'Driver' tab > Update Driver.

Thanks heaps for the reminder!
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:56 AM

Using Windows to update drivers is like kissing your sister
Especially when it comes to video drivers
For retail units, it's best to go to their support site and download them there
For custom built units, go to the specific device's support site
You can get a ton of information on the internals of your computer using SIW (free version)
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
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#7 Sparkleflap

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 06:25 PM

I know how horrible it is, however, all I needed was what drivers I needed. So I started getting the drivers using Windows Update, so it told me what I want. THEN I went and downloaded them properly.

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