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How to Find Unknown Device Driver in our Windows

Posted by Hari Saryono on 22 March 2009


Sometimes, when we have to reinstall our operating system, especially windows, we’re bothered on unknown devices. Maybe we had device installer, but it’s not automatically detects our devices while there’s many devices name it. What’s to choose if we don’t know our device name?

With the internet, nothing can’t be solved. Here’s a way to know your device name manually, and then you can install or download correspond devices.

Manual Methods

Every devices had 2 important information, Vendor ID and Device ID. With this two information, it’s enough for us to identify our device well.

Where to know Vendor ID and Device ID

Go to My Computer, Right Click and Choose Properties

Choose Hardware / Device Manager

A windows will be open, showing us problem devices (with Exclamation mark). Right click that devices, choose Properties

Click Detail, and voila.. you got what you want. See VEN_ and DEV_?. Write numbers after VEN_ and DEV_. VEN_ for VENDOR CODE and DEV for DEVICE CODE.

Now, open http://www.pcidatabase.com/ and put your written code there:

And the result is as clear as crystal

See, your device finally revealed. Go to Vendor website and choose or download your device driver in question

That’s for PCI devices. While for USB devices, you can go to www.driverguide.com as your USB Model usually written in USB body.

Automatic Method

For automatic method, you can use Unknown Device Identifier. It’s Free man!. I think I don’t have to explain how to use it. Peace.

Download here

One Response to “How to Find Unknown Device Driver in our Windows”

  1. pochp said

    Excellent tip. Thanks.

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