General discussion

Locked

Hardware and Drivers

By jrbigsky ·
The question is... say you have a computer you are taking apart and it has a working Modem.
You can remove the modem and install into another computer. But you don't have the original driver installation or software disk disk.
Can you somehow copy the driver on the old computer to a disk an then install to the new computer. This way you have both the modem and the driver to use anywhere?

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by Still_learning In reply to Hardware and Drivers

That might depend on whether or not the modem driver is operating system dependent. The best thing to do is to download the proper modem driver from the vendors web site. Windows has standard drivers for many PnP devices. Hope this helps

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by jrbigsky In reply to Hardware and Drivers

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by khamees79 In reply to Hardware and Drivers

well,he info is not complete,but you have options
1:- get the name of your modem,log into driverguide.com ,and just search,and definitely you will find it

2:- this is diffecult to do,and not guranteed to work,go to device manager in you old system,while attatching the modem there,then click properties for your modem, go to DRIVER TAB,then click DRIVER FILE DETAILS,here are the driver files,go to every location,copy the files,and copy them in the same locations of the new system,but both operating systems must be the same.

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by jrbigsky In reply to Hardware and Drivers

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by TheChas In reply to Hardware and Drivers

While it makes sense that you should be able to copy the drivers from the other PC, it just cannot be done on a practical basis.

Yes, some of the files can be identified and copied.
However, finding ALL of the required files is a task in itself.

Then, there are the system settings and registry entries that need to be made.
Again, these can be found and exported.

As a final issue, some files and settings may need to be installed differently for different motherboards, and Windows versions.

So, the best option is to identify the modem, and download the latest drivers and install them on the new PC.

For help finding the driver, check out
www.modemhelp.org
www.driverguide.com

Chas

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by jrbigsky In reply to Hardware and Drivers

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by c.barnhorst In reply to Hardware and Drivers

If you are not migrating with something like Ghost, then it must be that there is a significant differece between your old and new OS. If the modem is new enough to be effective in today's internet environment, it is new enough that drivers are available on the net or on your OS cd. If it is too old for software to still be available it probably would be better to buy a new card. You have a better chance with a namebrand modem than with an offbrand which is not supported anymore. If it has a game controller port and/or sound features then all the more reason to upgrade because now you have a huge number of files to account for. Evaluate your cost/benefit before you start, because you stand to waste a lot of time and motion. It is nota trivial task (I am stubborn enough to have done it successfully). You will have false starts and it will take many hours.

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by jrbigsky In reply to Hardware and Drivers

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by @lberto In reply to Hardware and Drivers

Hello there ...

If you don't have the original disks saved somewhere (either diskettes or disk) I would recommend that you should download the drives from the Internet. nowdays to find drivers on the net is a piece of cake, you only need the vendors name or manufacture name and there you go.
Probably you could copy the files from your old installation, however, there should be a good reason why you are taking it out of that old system, so to find all the files and all the information related to that device is going to be quite a task, so it is faster and easier just to download the driver.
You could choose between:
www.driverguide.com
www.download.com
and so on ... or just use your searcher just like www.gogle.com and there you go...

Good luck,
@lberto

Collapse -

Hardware and Drivers

by jrbigsky In reply to Hardware and Drivers

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Back to Windows Forum
11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums