Are You Having Trouble finding and Installing a Driver for your Computer Hardware? It’s simpler than you think. Today I’d like to share some of my Secrets on how to find device drivers
How to find and Install a Missing Driver or Unknown Device Drivers for your Computer.
What is a Driver?
A driver is software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or devices. Without drivers, the hardware you connect to your computer—for example, a video card or a printer—won’t work properly. – Microsoft.com
Install Device Drivers for your PC
It seems that a lot of people have trouble searching for or find device drivers after they had re installed an Operating System. Unfortunately some older hardware do not provide plug and play functionally, where you simply plug in the hardware and it works. In some older versions of Microsoft Windows and computer hardware you had to go and search Google, In my experience it was not as easy as just going to your manufacturers website and enter your model number and find your driver, sometimes it still did not work right. So I will showing you a method, that I have been using to find the right driver and how to install it.
How to Install and find Device Drivers without internet access?
If you are unable to install a driver and have no way of connecting to the internet, there are some other options. I have written about this in my previous blog here.
How Do I find out what Device Drivers I need to download?
It is quite a simple process to find the correct driver.
If you are looking for an Ethernet adapter driver, for example: your HP Computer do the following:
Go to control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager, You will see a list with Drivers which are missing and not installed with yellow Asterisks as shown below.
we need to right click where it says PCI Simple Communications Controller, and select where it says properties
Select the tab that says Details. You will see a drop down menu, select the menu and then select Hardware Ids as shown below.
In the list you will see a list of numbers and letters. You should see the word VEN in the list and DEV
note down the VEN number in this example its 14F1 and the DEV is 2F30 as shown in the example below
Start your favorite web browser such as Mozilla Firefox and go to http://www.pcidatabase.com/
This is a website where you can search your device drivers. You will find about 95% of all drivers at this website. The VEN Number stands for Vendor. The Manufacture of the Driver and the DEV stands for Device Number
- enter your VEN Number in the Vendor Search field.
- When I did the Vender Number search, I found my Device Driver in the search results. It will give you a link where you can download it.
How to Install Your Driver for your PC
Once you have unzipped the file, open the file where you have saved the executable file, and then start the executable file.
Click the balloon message icon and allow it to install the new hardware.
You may need to restart your computer after the process is completed. Save all opened applications before continuing and restart your Computer.
Checking to see that the Device Driver has been successfully installed
To check that the driver has been successful. Click Start > go to Control Panel > Go to System, Go to Hardware Tab, Click Device Manager and click the driver that your Computer had found. In this case it was a PCI driver for a Modem. In the Driver Manager List we can see that it has been successfully Installed.
We can see in the list that we still need to install two additional drivers. Follow the procedure again starting from How to Find out what Driver I need to download? and you should have no trouble.
Final Thoughts in How to Install a Driver for your PC
I hope I have helped you with this Tutorial in How to Find device drivers for your PC. You can find about 95% of the drivers from http://www.pcidatabase.com. This method can be used in any version of Microsoft Windows Operating System.
Top Tip: Sometimes in the search results at http://www.pcidatabase.com/ they will not give you a direct website link, you will have to go to the manufacture website to download the driver that is listed in the search results.
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