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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by agbe981, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. agbe981

    agbe981 Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2009
    i just installed a windows xp professional services pack 2 on a clone pc and now finding it difficult to install network drivers. how can i know the manufacturer in order to download the appropriate drivers or is there a universal drivers for all pcs?
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    Open Device Manager and double-click on the unknown network adapter to open Properties for it, then click the Details tab. Choose Hardware Ids in the Property drop down menu. You should see a text string in the box below, similar to PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&SUBSYS_75491462&REV_02.

    This string gives information about the vendor (10EC in the example) and device (8186 in the example) for the network adapter. Then go to http://www.pcidatabase.com and search for the vendor and device. Finally, go to the vendor's website and locate the appropriate driver.

    I should mention the information on that site isn't always 100% accurate, but is for the most part.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Follow the steps in post #2 for the network adapter.

    If there are other unknown devices in the Device Manager with a question mark or exclamation mark, do the same thing.

    Depending on what devices are in that computer, a clean install of Windows XP may not install a driver for one or more or all of them.

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