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How to figure out the device name for ?s in Device Manager

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by EastCoasthandle, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. EastCoasthandle

    EastCoasthandle New Member

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    Do you have big yellow ? in your device manager and have no idea what driver that device needs in order to run properly? Here is what you do:
    -open up the device in question
    -tab over to Details
    -Look at the Device Instance Id, there should be a 4 digit number prior to "&DEV_"
    -take that number and place it in the vender search
    -hit enter and it should reveal the name of the device allowing you to figure out what drivers are needed.


    Note:
    Sometimes the name of the device may not be enough information. In some cases the device in question may require you to install your chipset drivers to fix the problem, for example. This is for obvious devices like Sound Cards, video cards, PCI lan cards, and other plug/play devices, etc. This is particularly useful when you reinstall your OS.

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2008
  2. Fitseries3

    Fitseries3 Eleet Hardware Junkie

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    you can also use Everest and it will tell you the model/part number of the device. works 90% of the time.
  3. Urlyin

    Urlyin Senior Moderator

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    very useful ... can also get the device ID from there as well ..
  4. mrw1986

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    Only useful for PCI devices. Does not work for USB devices, old trick but good for the newbies!

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