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Find and Download Drivers From Manufacturer Websites

The best place to download a driver is direct from the hardware manufacturer. Before you can update a driver, you'll need to find and download the latest version. Drivers downloaded from the manufacturer will be the most tested and up to date available. The manufacturer is almost always the original source of any driver you find anywhere else so why not download it from the source? Note: If downloading drivers direct from the manufacturer isn't possible there are several other driver download resource available. Follow the steps below to find and download drivers direct from hardware manufacturer websites: Difficulty: Average Time Required: Finding and downloading drivers from manufacturer websites usually takes less than 20 minutes Here's How:

  1. Identify the make and model of the specific hardware you need drivers for. You'll need this information so you know what company to contact and then what specific drivers to download from their website.
Important: If you're trying to find drivers for a branded computer system (like a Dell desktop, a Toshiba laptop, etc.), all you need is the exact model number of your complete system. You shouldn't need to identify the specifics of any individual piece of hardware in your computer unless you've upgraded it yourself.
  1. Find the hardware manufacturer's support website. Nearly every hardware manufacturer in the world has a website with detailed support information including driver downloads, manuals, troubleshooting information, etc.
  2. Locate the driver download area of the manufacturer's support site.
Note: The driver download area could be called by any of several different names including "Downloads", "Software Downloads", "Driver Downloads", "Drivers", "Drivers and Firmware", "Drivers and Software", etc. If you visit a website's home page first, look for a "Support" area first. Any driver download options will probably be located within that area of the website.
  1. Using the website's navigation or search abilities, choose the specific hardware you need drivers for.
Note: Every website is different so its hard to give precise instructions on how to navigate through a catalog of driver downloads but most support sites that I've seen are fairly easy to use. If you have trouble finding your way around a specific website, your best bet is to contact the company directly.
  1. Download the drivers to your computer. Save the downloaded file to your desktop or to another familiar location.
Important: Many drivers available today are configured for automatic installation. This means that all you have to do is run the downloaded file and the drivers will be updated automatically. The instructions given on the manufacturer's website should tell you if the drivers you're downloading are configured this way. If so, there's no reason to continue with these steps.
  1. Extract the downloaded drivers. Instructions provided on the driver download page on the hardware manufacturer's website should provide detailed instructions on extracting the drivers.
Note: Usually this involves uncompressing the many driver files located in the compressed file you downloaded. Most compressed files have a ZIP or RAR file extension. Sometimes the compressed files are in a self-extracting format with an EXE file extension, making the process very easy.
  1. The downloaded drivers for your hardware are now ready for updating in Device Manager.

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need icontact drivers


Hi, I can't find a direct link from the manufacturer. You can try either of these suggestions:
1. You can try this to update Ezonics drivers
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2. You can try updating the driver directly from windows.
  1. Open Device Manager
  2. Locate the hardware device you wish to update drivers for.Click on the [+] icon to expand the categories.
  3. After finding the hardware you’re updating drivers for, right click on the hardware’s name or icon and choose Properties. In this Properties window, click the Driver tab.
  4. Click the Update Driver… button. The Hardware Update Wizard will begin.
    Hope this helps!

Nov 02, 2009 | Ezonics iContact Webcam

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The first thing that you should do is check the manufacturer's Web site for the drivers and everything that you need should be found. ALWAYS check the manufacturer's Web site (using the model #) when in need of drivers, whether software or hardware.

The manufacturer of your PM266A Pro board is Albatron. You should find drivers for that board HERE. I don't know what operating system you're using (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, etc) but, if you're using Windows XP (with at least Service Pack 1) or Windows 2000 (with at least Service Pack 4) then you WILL NOT NEED TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE USB DRIVERS.

I inserted a link directly to the page on Albatron's site where these drivers are located. If you click on the word HERE in this paragraph or the one above, it will take you to the page.

This is not a brand new board so, if I were you, I would also take a look at the BIOS updates for this board. Albatron has several updates listed for download. Updating the system BIOS is important because it can prevent you from having pesky little issues with your system and also allows you to add/enable certain features/hardware on the board. It's pretty much just upgrading the board. Compare your version to those versions they have listed in the available updates. The best thing to do would be to download and install the latest BIOS update. Follow this link for BIOS updates.

Everything that you need to know about your board should be on Albatron's Web site. I hope this helps you now and in the future event that you need to find drivers.

Thanks for using Fixya!

Mar 27, 2009 | Albatron PM266A Pro Motherboard

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