How would you identify a hardware attached to your computer to find its driver?
If you have a custom designed computer or its an old computer that you have reinstalled the operating system on, not from system recovery ( or PC Restore) but from a retail installation disk,then you might not be able to install the drivers for all the hardware attached to that computer.If you go to the device manager you would be surprised to see many devices listed under other device in Unknown Device category.This happens only when the hardware is obsolete and your OS does not find the correct driver from the windows update server.
So after the windows installation you would get into trouble if the device driver is not found or can not be installed automatically because that device would stop working.So here are the steps to get that issue fixed.Here is an easy way to find the real manufacturer of any hardware device attached to your computer with its exact model name.
Option 1- Identify the hardware attached to your Computer
Step 1. Open device manager by typing Devmgmt.msc at run.
Step 2. Right mouse click on the unknown device and select properties.
Step 3. On the device properties window click on the Details tab and select Hardware Ids.
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Step 5. Go to website http://www.pcidatabase.com/ and then under vendor search Type the Vendor ID as 168C or whatever it shows in your device properties windows for that unknown hardware, and then hit search to identify the manufacturer of the hardware attached to your computer.
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Option 2- Identify the Hardware attached to your computer to find its driver.
Option two is the easiest and best way to identify the unknown hardware device attached to your computer.There is this tool name Hardware Identify from Tweaking.com.you can download it from the download tab of my blog or Download by clicking here.
Tweaking.com - Hardware Identify will help identify unknown hardware on your system. This program does not help you download drivers but tells you which hardware is attached.
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Picture below was taken from Tweaking .com for the educational and instructional purposes.
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