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Hi I am running Windows XP upon this computer that I need to update my 'Other Devices' having noticed that there are 3 Question Marks 'Unknown devices' 'Video Controller' & Video Controller VGA Compatible. I would like to know which of these would I update first, assuming that there are still some drivers out there.
 

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It sounds like the graphics/display device in that computer (which you didn't provide a description of) doesn't have its driver installed.

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In the device manager, double click on each device, choose the Details tab, click the down arrow under Property, and choose the Hardware IDs entry. In XP (mutter, mutter), you have to write down the id (i.e. PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_041E&SUBSYS_78501462&REV_06) and then you do a Google search for that. Be careful; there are lots of scam artists out there that would love to sucker you into using their "driver update" (read mess it up worse) utility; but, that information will let you find exactly what the device is.
You should then really go to the PC manufacturer's website (i.e. support.dell.com or support.hp.com) and enter your model number to get the absolutely right drivers; but, HP, in particular, seems to have scrapped all of their XP support.
 

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I have found this site very useful for getting drivers using the PCI\VEN data :- https://devid.drp.su/?dev=PCI\VEN_11ab&DEV_4381
Just change the PCI\VEN line to the one you need, usually you can omit anything that comes after the 4 characters after DEV.
If you run the downloaded file it will start the Add New Hardware Wizard and install the drivers automatically. Just chose a driver version that lists XP as a supported OS.

N.B. I have used driver files from that website without any problems but I can't guarantee they are all safe, so you use them at your own risk.
 

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Hi Gang sorry its a bit late but I figured out what was happening one of the IDE cables was frade and must have been shorting out, I have recently bought a couple of said cables replaced it & now its all hunky dory.
 
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