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How to find or locate a driver.

When faced with hardware on your computer such as a cd drive, sound board, video chip or even a network card. Try to go to the manufacturers website. If you have a dell computer go to support.dell.com. If you have an HP go to http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support_task.html and the list continues based on your make of computer. These sites will also have trouble shooting information and will walk you through on how to locate the correct driver for your needs. An easy way to see if the driver is installed for your hardware is to go to accessories-->system tools-->system information-->components. This will tell you if the hardware is even installed. If it does not show up under each category. It is not installed. There might be a exclamation point next to the hardware to. This usually means that the driver is installed but needs to be updated or is malfunctioning.

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I have Dell Opitiplex gx270 it looks like there are no cards on board. Trying to connect to the internet, says no network adapter cards found. wont let click on to the internet. I have other cards, I believe I have video, network card from another mother board. please advise me on correcting the problem. tried to build one now have to put drives back in,hard drives. thank you for any help


The network card (also the sound and video) is integrated onto the motherboard on this computer. You probably just need to install the drivers. You can download the drivers from Dell here. Also make sure the onboard network hardware is enabled in the computer's BIOS setup. (If you didn't use a restore set from the manufacturer and just install Windows, you almost always need to install the drivers for integrated hardware.)

Mar 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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no sound beep in my Pc,when i turn it on


if you comp is not booting up, even to the first screen(bios), unplug the computer, remove all hardware installed on the board, hard drive, cd/dvd rom, ram chips, display card, network cards and anything else you may have except the processor. find the two pins that say "clear cmos" move the jumper to the clear position, usualy indicated on the board. Leave it there for 5 seconds then put it back the way it was. Your computer may try to start up but give error codes (beeps) because of no ram and no bootable device. If this is the case, one of your hardware devices is bad. Install them back one by one untill your computer stops trying to start indicating the last thing you put in is bad. When you get to the ram do one slot, then another, you may have bad ram chip or bad slot, doubtfull that is the problem though. If your computer still does not try to start with everything out, remove the board from the case, leaving the power supply hooked up, and set it on cardboard or something not conductive. If it starts then, inspect the board for a short to ground somewhere or just replace it. If it still does not start up, replace your board. Good luck and let me know what you find.

Jun 12, 2009 | ASUS P4PE-X Motherboard

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sound driver


You'll need to find out what is the chipset on your motherboard. You can always go to the manufacturer's web site and download the drivers. If the sound chip comes from another manufacturer you can go to it's web site and download the driver. But you have to know the sound chip name. Unfortunately motherboard manufacturers don't always use the same sound, video or other peripheral devices. If you're brave, look at your motherboard and try to locate the sound chip. Then go to the website and get the specific driver. If that doesn't work, then you might try a program that will identify your chipsets. www.belarc.com has one.

Jan 31, 2009 | Intel Premier Resources 4-Channel 32-Bit...

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how to download vga driver


I will try to answer this one, but i don't know whether you are looking for drivers for a special card or you are searching for your motherboard on-board video drive.

case 1: on-board drivers can be found at the manufacturer's websites, in case you network is slow, you can use someone else's network. just go to the website, lookup support, lookup your hardware or motherboard model and the driver for the mobo, will fix chipset, audio, video issues.

case2: higher end graphic card such as nvidia or ati or intel can be found at the manufacturer's website also, or on the cd that came with the graphics card. in case we are talking about a laptop here, then you should go to the laptop's manufacturer and lookup your hardware. all manufacturer's usually have most drivers on their web page within a month of the release of that certian unit. Toshiba tend to take longer.

Case 3: which is more technical, in case you don't know who is the manufacturer of the actual part, go to device manager, find the unknown device or uninstalled device, right click on it, choose properties, detais tab, hardware id( i have actually seen people using software to get information that windows already offers. why buy "unknown device" and everest just for that) copy and paste that string on google and it will show you where the driver is, specially for intel based hardware. good luck hunting drivers.

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