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Windows XP and drivers

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#1 Cloud13


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:33 PM

I figure this is the most relevant section, but if not, that's why they have "Move Thread" options. :thumbsup:

Anyway, I have this desktop that the hard drive went out on. Now the desktop has been donated to work. I got a new hard drive for it and installed XP. Everything going great until I try to plug in a Cat5 and realize that I don't have any drivers, because I couldn't find the cds that originally came with the comp.

So my question is, when I go back to work on Monday, armed with my lappy and a usb drive, what is the best way to discover what drivers I need, locate them, and install them?

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:51 PM

Go to startmenu / run / type devmgmt.msc
In the new window click on your computer name at the very top and then click scan for hardware changes. You can also right click each hardware and check the properties. Also go to each hardware's or your computer's OEM website and try obtain drivers from there.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:45 AM

As stated...go to the website of the system manufacturer (e.g., Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.) and look up downloadable drivers for your specific model (e.g., Dimension 325).

That should reflect all downloads (drivers, BIOS updates, misc software) that apply to your model. Do not download BIOS updates or miscellaneous software, just get the drivers. I suggest downloading all listed as available and then burn them to CD.

Then, when you return home, you have all of them (even though you probably won't install all of them) to choose the ones you specifically need to install.


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