Ok, let’s say you just finished wiping a computer, but something’s not right. The display is a little odd or it won’t play audio…perhaps it won’t connect to the internet. You go to the device manager and see one or more little yellow exclamation marks of doom.
No problem, right? You just go to the manufacture’s website and download them, right? If you have a lot of experience wiping a computer, you know that the manufacture’s list of drivers often does not have everything you need. And thus, many times most of the hours of work that goes into a computer are spent searching for drivers. Well, I have come across a couple of sites that should help you find the drivers you so desperately need. But first, you are going to need the device and vendor numbers of the problem device.
Goth Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information
Once you get there, go to the topic tree on the right and select Components > Problem Devices.
There you should see a list of missing drivers next to big numbers like this
From this you can get the device number and vendor number. The four digit number following “Ven_” is the vendor number (14e4 in this case) and the four digit number following “Dev_” is the device number (4211 in this case).
Now goto http://www.pcidatabase.com/
Enter the vendor number in the space provided. It should show you the name of the vendor, click on it to continue. Now use Ctr+F to search for the vendor number. Hopefully you should see information on the device along with the download location.
Note: Sometimes you may find the driver, sometimes you may find a clue that will lead you to the driver, and sometimes you will find nothing at all. This is an incomplete user-edited database, so its not perfect. Feel free to update PCI Database when you find a driver that its missing.
Hopefully it worked. But if not there is another site.
Type in the number and it should give you a large list of possible. Sometimes you just have to randomly try drivers until you find one that works.
Well, until next time, good luck and happy hunting!