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How do you know what apps need drivers after OS laptop install

By asaunders12 ·
What are the common device applications needed to load on the laptop after windows OS is loaded

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by rdconway In reply to More Question Detail

Thanks Col. I looked at Speccy from Piriform which also lists hardware and requires fewer clicks to get to the specific driver file names.

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Col, I was looking at the OS files that Dell suggested when I restored the D610 back to XP (Dell's OS restore disk failed and they no longer provide them so I had to cobble it back together). One of them is "System Firmware: Dell Firmware-Dock Bay/D-Bay FX2 Firmware". I am not familiar with the difference between firmware and software/drivers. The docking system is critical since this computer is the "heart" of the home WiFi network (router, printer, etc.) and is used by my wife who needs the external monitor, keyboard/mouse and external audio. Do you have a gut feeling as to whether this file might still work with WIN 7 or 8? I know that Dell has not provided an update. I also know that with a USB hub I might be able to recreate the set up without the dock but USB hubs have limitations and I will have an ugly pile of equipment and cables that will not make my wife happy. I have the time to work on this but unfortunately not the money for a new computer. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread...and my issue. Ron

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by OH Smeg In reply to More Question Detail

Firmware isn't like Drivers it's more like the BIOS in the system and ideally should be Platform Independent.

Col

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by rdconway In reply to More Question Detail

If by Platform independent, you mean independent of the Windows version, then it sounds like it may worth a try. The worst that can happen is that I will have to go back and reinstall Windows XP...and I've already done that. It will likely be a month or so before I can set aside the time to take this on. If this thread is still alive, I'll post my experience and lessons learned. Thanks Col! Sorry for posting this twice.

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by OH Smeg In reply to More Question Detail

Yes that is what Platform Independent means it doesn't matter which version of Windows or for that matter any other OS that you use.

Col

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