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Some times difficult to identify device driver details on Hardware devices or onboard devices. Is there any standard way to provide those important facts to consumers by those Hardware manufactures ?

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On onboard after a format your normally met with the basics, sound, graphics + lan

they can be found by searching the motherboard model number and maufacturer, thats if its onbaord.

if its a seperate device then the part number will be on the device itself

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It has to be said, double check all your audio connections. Then if you simply don't have drivers for your audio device (onboard or addon) you need to identify it by either looking in the Device Manager and going to Sound expanding it and try clicking on them and then clicking update at the top of device manager.

If that doesn't work you could install a program like speccy http://www.piriform.com/speccy and identify what audio drivers you need to download and search for their respective drivers.

If you need help finding the drivers just tell me what kind of audio chipset it is and I'll look for it.

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This is about a utility called DriverEasy and how to take the hassle out of keeping your device drivers up to date.

DEVICE DRIVER BASICS
A device driver is a piece of software that sits between the operating system and the hardware. It enables the Operating System (OS) to access the device using standard system calls. Drivers provide a convenient way of interfacing a variety of devices without the OS or applications requiring the details of directly communicating with the hardware in question.

When you install a new device, you also install its driver. When the system boots up, it loads the installed device drivers into the kernel, making the devices they support available for use. In fact, when you plug-in a new device, Windows automatically starts the New Device Driver Wizard to guide you through the process of downloading the relevant driver.

Every peripherals uses devices drivers because of flexibility they provide. This even includes motherboard components such as temperature management hardware.

DRIVER PROBLEMS
The driver flexibility made possible by device drivers leads to a problem. For example printers, because each make and model has its own requirements, you'll have install exactly the right driver if all the features are to work as they should.

However those drivers are not only hardware-specific, but also operating system-specific. When Microsoft release a major new Windows update, your printer's manufacturer needs to create a new driver specifically for that version of Windows. Until this happens, your printer is basically useless.

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I recently downgraded from Win7 to XP i got all the drivers installed but when i check Device Manager there are 2 device with Yellow question marks namely: PCI Device and PCI Serial Port ive check on the...


The "PCI Device" and the "PCI Serial Port" could be a modem that lacks the device-drivers.
Access: http://WindowsUpdate.Microsoft.com and do a "custom" search.
When it completes, click "optional hardware updates", to see if Windows Update is offering any device-drivers for your hardware.

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Unknown device sm bus controller


What I do in such circumstances is run a little piece of freeware called "Unknown Device Identifier" which does a pretty good job of telling me what device is not working properly, identifying the manufacturer, which allows me to look up the support site and get the driver necessary to correct the problem. I've found that to be the quickest and surest way to resolve such issues.

You can also try double clicking the device in device manager and then selecting "update driver" and see if Windows can locate it on your hard drive or search the internet [providing you have a working connection] to find the appropriate driver and install it. I find it works about half of the time.

There is are other trouble shooting methods and the Microsoft Knowledge base does the most straight forward job of defining them so rather than reinvent the wheel I'll present them as written there:


The main reason for Unknown Device to display in your Device Manager is because you have a device that is not working correctly. To fix this issue, obtain an updated driver for the device.

Use the following methods to enable Windows to recognize your device. Method 1: Windows Update loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); Visit the following Microsoft Web site to see whether the Web site autodetects an updated driver for your device. Install all recommended drivers. http://www.windowsupdate.com (http://www.windowsupdate.com) Method 2: Download and install the latest driver from the Internet loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); When you download a driver from the Internet, download the Windows XP version of the driver when multiple Windows versions are listed. Use one of the following options:
  • Visit the Web site of the computer manufacturer if the device came with the computer.
  • Visit the Web site of the device manufacturer if the device was installed after you purchased your computer.
  • Visit the Web site of the device manufacturer if the device was preinstalled on your computer and the computer manufacturer does not have an updated driver.
Look for a Drivers section or a Download section on the manufacturer’s Web site, and search for the device name. Download and install the Windows XP version of the driver. Advanced user section loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); This section is intended for advanced computer users. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone for help or contact support. For information about how to do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/contactus (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus) Causes of unknown devices in Device Manager loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation');
  • The device does not have a device driver: When a device driver for a device is not available, Device Manager displays the device as Unknown Device and puts it in the Other devices branch. This is very common with universal serial bus (USB) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) 1394 composite devices. Also, a status of Error Code 1 or Error Code 10 may be displayed when you view the properties of the device in Device Manager.

    Note Most USB and IEEE 1394 devices function correctly without additional device drivers because they are configured by the drivers that are included with Windows for these bus types. However, an additional device driver is needed if the device does not fit the defined and supplied Windows class drivers. If the bus cannot identify the device, it interprets the device as a composite device and then reports it as such in Device Manager.
  • You are using a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows 95 Device Driver: You cannot use virtual device driver (.vxd) files that are common to Windows 98 or to Windows 95 drivers in Windows XP. If you try to install them on your Windows XP-based computer, the device may be listed as unknown in Device Manager. This typically occurs when the device driver manufacturer does not correctly differentiate between the two drivers or assumes that Windows XP can use Windows 98 or Windows 95 .vxd files.
  • Unrecognized Device ID: Every hardware device has a special identifier that is used by Plug and Play. This identifier can include several different types, such as vendor ID, device ID, subsystem ID, subsystem vendor ID, or revision ID. If a device ID is not present, or your Windows XP-based computer does not recognize the device ID, Device Manager may list the device as unknown.

    Note Software programs that require virtual hooks into hardware may create these devices. Additionally, devices that bridge between bus types, such as a device driver that enables a parallel port device to emulate a SCSI or an AT Attachment Packet Interface (ATAPI) bus, are also known to generate an unknown-device response in Device Manager.
  • Faulty Hardware or Firmware: Faulty hardware or firmware may cause a device to be displayed as Unknown Device in Device Manager. Software-only device drivers do not expose a device ID, and there is no standard method for installing these devices. Some manufacturers install the device by using the InstallShield installation program or a similar method. Be aware that software installed by other methods may not be completely removed when the device is removed in Device Manager. Therefore, you may have to check the registry to verify that all entries are removed.

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This free utility finds and upgrades out-of-date device drivers. You'll find it at www.drivereasy.com.

DEVICE DRIVER BASICS
A device driver is a piece of software that sits between the operating system and the hardware. It enables the Operating System (OS) to access the device using standard system calls. Drivers provide a convenient way of interfacing a variety of devices without the OS or applications requiring the details of directly communicating with the hardware in question.

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I have 12 Drives All 12 Drives are found but when I burn a DVD The Some drivers fail and it is not the same ones all the time


Usually, a driver update is used as a solution to an issue with how Windows works with a piece of hardware.

Updating a driver can also enable new or updated features for the hardware.

To access Device Manager, use any of the following methods:
  • Click Start, click Run, and then type devmgmt.msc.
  • Right-click My Computer, click Manage, and then click Device Manager.
  • Right-click My Computer, click Properties, click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
  • Type the following command at a command prompt: start devmgmt.msc


You can use Device Manager to change the way your hardware is configured, and to change the way your hardware interacts with your computer's programs. With Device Manager, you can update device drivers for hardware installed on your computer, modify hardware settings, and troubleshoot problems.

Device Manager enables you to:
  • Determine if the hardware on your computer is working properly.
  • Change hardware configuration settings.
  • Identify the device drivers that are loaded for each device and obtain information about each device driver.
  • Change advanced settings and properties for devices.
  • Install updated device drivers.
  • Disable, enable, and uninstall devices.
  • Reinstall the previous version of a driver.
  • Identify device conflicts and manually configure resource settings.
  • Print a summary of the devices that are installed on your computer.
If the device is experiencing a problem, the type of problem is displayed. You might also see a problem code and number and a suggested solution. If you call a support line, this number can be useful for determining and diagnosing the problem.

How to install a new driver from Device Manager loadTOCNode(2, 'summary');
  1. Double-click the type of device you want to update or change.
  2. Right-click the specific device driver you want to update or change.
  3. Click Update Driver to open the Hardware Update Wizard. Follow the wizard instructions.

Rolling back to a previous version of a driver loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); Use this feature if you encounter problems after you install a driver, such as error messages when you access the device, faulty behavior of the device, or even the inability to start Windows.

Windows XP provides this roll back to a previous, working, device driver:
  1. Right-click the device for which the previous version of the driver is desired and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drivers tab.
  3. Click Roll Back Driver.
If you cannot resolve the problem with these instructions, contact the manufacturer.


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Multimedia audio controller


This indicates that the sound drivers are missing from your computer. You will have to identify the sound card that is installed on your computer before proceeding with downloading the correct driver. To identify the sound card, follow the steps below (Assuming that you are using Windows XP)

  1. Open Device Manager (Right-click My Computer>Properties>Hardware>Device Manager)
  2. The hardware whose drivers are missing will appear as Unknown device, so it’s easier to locate the device.
  3. Right click on the unknown device and click on Properties.
  4. Under the Properties window click on Details tab and select Device Instance Id from the drop down box.
  5. You should see a code similar to this
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27DC&SUBSYS_30868086&REV_01\4&1E46F438&0&40F0
  6. The portion of the code highlighted in RED is the Vendor ID and the portion highlighted in GREEN is the Device ID. In this example:
    Vendor ID = 8086
    Device ID = 27DC
  7. Once you have obtained both the IDs, proceed to www.pcidatabase.com . There you can either search for the vendor from the vendor ID or directly get information about the device along with the vendor name by searching with the device ID.

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As a last resort when trying to locate drivers for mystery devices in Windows XP, you can sometimes identify the unknown devices by reviewing the results of submitting their hardware ID's to a search engine such as Google. To obtain the hardware ID string, open the device manager, double click the device for which you still need a driver, and select the details tab. The second line in the drop down box should be Hardware IDs. The string you want to use looks like VEN_xxxx&DEV_xxxx with the xxxx being characters 0-9 or A-F (Heaxadecimal). Put the string into Google and see what you get. If you can identify the device correctly it will be much easier to locate the correct drivers.
Good luck.

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What hardware device drivers should be updated? A listing and recommendation of computer hardware device drivers that should be ... A listing of computer sound card drivers can be found on our sound card .

Issues relating to msgrv32 Resource conflict or issue; TSRs or other running programs; Sound driver or sound card issues; Onboard sound or video issue; MIDI device or codec issues

POST troubleshooting steps. Bad or failing hardware device. Connections not connected or connected properly. ... if you press the power button and nothing happens (no lights, no sound.

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