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Drivers database?

By sanwardak ·
Hi
Most of the time I do windows reinstallation of different brands's computers, and I spend lot of time finding missing drivers speacily sound, VGS compatable, and network. even some time from the mafg does not work. It take me more time finding the driver then reinstalling windows. So if I go on-site for repair sometime there is no interent connection to download drivers. I was thinking to make a database from those divers which more used in system. I am looking for some tips, I don't know how you guys deal with this kind of case?

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This is not something that I've had problems with

by OH Smeg In reply to Drivers database?

But then again I don't usually work on off the shelf systems where there are hardware changes every second.

The big issue with Off the Shelf Systems is changes made to what appear to be the same model over it's production life so the Dell's, HP's and so on can have 3 or 4 different drivers for the same thing like Sound, Network both WiFi and Wired and Web Cams which can be a nightmare to deal with.

When it comes to complete systems I just look at the installed Hardware and use the Unknown Device Identifier if I have any form of Network Connection working

http://www.zhangduo.com/udi.html

and then go to the makers Web Site and download the correct drivers.

Also because I mostly do White Box Systems I slipstream Install Disc's with nLite/vLite and include the drivers on them. It makes life easier and much faster.

I do try to avoid "Dell ****" whenever possible as they can be downright nasty and require drivers installed in a certain order to work properly. Doesn't always work but most times I can get away with it.

Col

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by ariel.maudet In reply to This is not something tha ...

As I tried to dnwld from http://www.zhangduo.com/udi.html the My Driver 5.o app , Avira instantly cried "Fraud". Are you certain this site apps are "kosher"?
Ariel Maudet from Argentina

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by OH Smeg In reply to This is not something tha ...

That is what is called a

False Positive

Unknown Device Identifier is perfectly safe provided you download it from the site I listed above.

Like anything if you try to get it from other sites all bets are off.

Col

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And you can use an app like Driver Max.

by seanferd In reply to Drivers database?

Run it before you reinstall, collect all the relevant drivers. Apps like this will help you update drivers, but I've always done so manually.

So, I would update, run the app, then keep the backed up drivers aside for after re-installation.

You can always choose not to back up the drivers which will be addressed by the reinstallation media.

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Research Each System

by TheChas In reply to Drivers database?

When I build up a system, I almost always create a second partition on the hard drive and copy the drivers there.

Alternately, you could burn the drivers to a CD or DVD and mount a stick-on sleeve inside the case.

For service calls, find out as much as you can before going to the site so that you can locate and download drivers ahead of time.

I have an extensive collection of drivers (dating back to DOS and Windows 3.11) which I can place on a USB hard drive and take with me.

Same for common software add-ons like Acrobat Reader, JAVA, etc. and Windows updates. Saves a lot of time when the customer has only dial-up.

I use sites like driverguide and windrivers when I come up blank looking for drivers.

If you find yourself searching for drivers often enough, I would consider a USB air-card for the laptop you take with you on calls, so that you have a comparatively high speed connection available.

Still, asking the right detailed questions and researching the drivers ahead of time will make a strong positive impression on your clients.

Chas

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I have collected many divers

by sanwardak In reply to Drivers database?

Hi
Thanks to all of you for the tips. As I work in repair shop, so I deal with many different systems. So far I did make a driver database still have hard time. I will keep collect the drivers it will surly make my work easy in future, if not now.

Regards

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