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#1 Izzy

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 03:06 PM

I was wondering if there are programs (preferably free one) that would scan my PC for drivers for hardware installed in PC??????

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 03:56 PM

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:20 PM

I'll give it a go, thanks.
I have another called DriverDetective to try too.

Edited by Izzy, 14 October 2009 - 04:21 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:30 PM

FWIW: Mindlessly updating drivers...sometimes causes problems for systems, just as mindless BIOS updates do.

If your system is functioning properly, I suggest leaving those drivers at peace.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:35 PM

i've installed XP Pro but I no longer have the drivers for the computer for the TV Tuner Card, Intel Network card and other stuff that's in there, I downloaded the XP drivers from Acer website but can't follow what is what for what, so I thought it would be easier to use one of those driver program things. Or could I go into Control Panel and update drivers in there? There is one thing that comes up as "unidentified" so I don't know how I can find that out.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 06:37 PM

If I have unidentified devices (unknown device) in Device Manager...I just check to see what is not functioning properly.

It could be a dialup modem or something else which may be utterless pointless to install a driver for. Items like the dialup modem should be disabled in the BIOS so that they don't even wind up being reflected in Device Manager...unless the user is still on dialup (in which case, the drivers need to be installed).

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:04 PM

I find it useful to leave the dial up modem enabled just in case cable is out for a while and I have to send an email.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:57 PM

I know one device is the ethernet port doesn't work.

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 10:56 PM

Here is a list of drivers I need well what it tells me in Device Manager:

Ethernet Controller
Multimedia Controller

PCI Device - Have driver for this one
PCI Modem - Have driver for this one
PCI Simple Communications Controller
SM Bus Controller - Have driver for this one
Unknown Device (ACPI\AWY0001\2&DABA3FF&0) Been to intel can't find driver.

One of those must be the TV Tuner Card (I hope)

The above is all I know, I ran a scan from a trial version program to tell me the below information if any of that is of any use for someone to help me. I need the ethernet port working so I can get the net going for updates, the internet modem is ethernet only.

If you need details of my PC you can download them here:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VFD9ZXJ7

I ran a scan and saved a report from a trial version.

Edited by Izzy, 14 October 2009 - 11:42 PM.


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Posted 15 October 2009 - 06:28 AM

just go to the maker of your computer and go download the ethernet drivers

if theirs no support or some thing then just tell us if its a externel card(pci/pci e) or its built in card


if its built in then tell us your mother board model
to find out open the computer and the model number should be under the cpu or near the agp or pci e ports (you can do it with software but i think this is a better idea)

Edited by starcraftmaster, 15 October 2009 - 06:29 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2009 - 03:40 PM

The Acer Website doesn't have the ethernet drivers for my computer (Aspire E700 Pentium D XP Pro), I used device manager and update driver and browsed the folder where all the drivers I downloaded and it said none were compatible and the same goes for Multimedia COntroller, PCI Simple Communications Controller and Unknown Device, Acer won't help because the computer is out of warranty (3 year old) and I have to pay to have the system sent to Acer for "re-image" the hard drive.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 05:41 PM

Identify Unknown Device:

Right click on the device with the ? and select Properties, then click on the Details tab, then on Hardware ID in the drop-down box.You should see a hardware ID that looks like this: "PCI\VEN_4444&DEV_0016&SUBSYS_40090070&REV_01"

The 4 characters after the first _ are the Vendor ID and the 4 characters after the second _ are the Device ID. Go to this website
http://www.pcidatabase.com/
and enter the Vendor ID and the Device ID and it will tell you what the device is. Then you can do an internet search for the drivers you need.
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 06:05 PM

Unknown Device has this code:

ACPI\AWY0001\2&DABA3FF&0

There's 2 codes on the actual motherboard:

M/B MBS590900164300316EK01 & 04EF64301101 PC 965M03A1-G-8EKS2H

TV TUNER CARD HAS THIS CODE: "MAC 000DFE 0D2256" & A STICKER WITH "4806"

I NEED DRIVERS FOR THESE:
Ethernet Controller - BUILT IN MOTHERBARD
Multimedia Controller - MUST BE BUILT IN MOTHERBOARD
PCI Simple Communications Controller - MUST BE BUILT IN MOTHERBOARD
UNKNOWN DEVICE - ACPI\AWY0001\2&DABA3FF&0

Edited by Izzy, 16 October 2009 - 06:28 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:39 AM

Have been told by Acer that it would cost like $400 to re-image the computer to get the remaining drivers as they are no longer available any other way. He said a cheaper option is to get a "Ethernet" thingy Network card? and install. How do I know which one will fit in my system, the guy didn't know.

The unknown Device can't do anything about and the same with the multimedia controller unless you want to pay the $400, I'm not prepared to pay out that much.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 04:21 AM

do what garmanma said to do
and then go to driverguide and find the drivers




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