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Driver packs for computer models


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#1 S Bradshaw

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 05:43 PM

Does anyone know of a website that provides entire driver packs for computer models? Basically, instead of having to download drivers for a computer individually for each device, all of the drivers would be available in one file like a Rar or Cab file.

Our University is in the process of moving towards Hardware Independent Imaging(HII) to image our computers instead of Norton Ghost for our OS deployment. We support students and any model laptop that they bring in. With HII, you build a repository of drivers for the various model computers used at your organization so we have a lot of drivers to collect (and keep up-to-date but have not yet determined this).

If there isn't a site available, does anyone know if they individual manufacturers provide these driver packs for IT Techs? They are not available on any of the consumer support driver download websites except for Dell. Dell has started providing driver packs which has really helped with OS deployment. I am already aware of websites like www.driverguide.com but these are usually out-of-date and also individual.

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 07:19 PM

I think what you are wanting to do is quite impossible, and I say this for many reasons and the biggest one is how much storage capacity does your university have to offer up, and what media will these driver disks be shipped out to the students and faculty. Each and every computer is built very differently depending on the person's personal taste.

It is best in my most professional recommendation, that you only support the staff this way and order computers with matching specs. Supporting the student bodies computer needs is by far a feat that I would never do at a university.

You will run into Macintosh Operating System based computers, Unix based workstations and servers, Linux based workstations and servers, various versions of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 7 and 32 and 64bit Versions, and what not.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 07:22 PM

How about http://driverpacks.net/ ?




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