Solved: Reformatted PC - video/sound driver help

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chredge

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Hi All,

Hope someone could help me here.

I recently had to reformat my PC and now I need to reinstall my video card and sound card drivers. The only problem is, I don't have the driver CD anymore.

Also, when I try to find out what my video/sound cards are I draw a blank because they don't seem to be displayed anywhere (display properties/settings/advanced/adapter). All adapter type and adapter information are all <unavailable>.

I know my video card is ATI but that's all I know and as for the sound card - I haven't a clue what make that is. I've been on the ATI website but there are so many drivers I don't know which one to download/install.

How do I start to gain control over my PC again and find/install the necessary drivers???

Thanks in advance for all your help,

C h r e d g e.
 
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You can download Belarc Advisor here http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html . This will identify your hardware . I usually recommend PC Wizard but Belarc seems to be the weapon of choice for the experts here so I'm going with the flow :)

If your PC is branded you should download the drivers from the manufacturer's site where possible .
 

chredge

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply Nessyguin.

I installed Belarc Advisor, ran the program but under 'display' and 'mulimedia' it said none detected. Does this mean there is a problem with my sound and video cards???

Cheers again,

C h r e d g e.
 
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Is your PC branded ? If so , what's the make and model ?

What does Belarc say your mainboard (motherboard) is ?
 

flavallee

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Go here and download and install Everest Home Edition 2.20.405. It does a much better job than Belarc Advisor in telling you what hardware is in your computer.

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Never ever format a hard drive and do a clean install of Windows XP without first knowing what hardware is in your computer and then downloading and burning off the drivers to a CD-R. The ones of primary importance are the display adapter, the sound device, and the network adapter. Windows XP has a built-in driver database, but it doesn't usually provide all the needed hardware drivers during its install. If your computer is a known factory brand and has the original hardware still in it, its support website should tell you what the hardware specs are.

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chredge

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Hi Guys,

Cheers for the replies - thanks!:)

Everest Home Edition displayed that I have a ATI Radeon Express card so I have now successfully managed to install that driver and everything works fine with the video card.

It also shown I have a Realtek sound card so I attempted to install the diver I had down loaded from their website. Unfortunately the driver seemed to install OK but I still have no sound on my PC :(

Could any of you guys help me with this?

Cheers again,

C h r e d g e
 

chredge

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Hi Guys,

All sorted now!

I had installed the Realtek High Definition Audio instead of the
Realtek AC'97 Audio - D'OH!

Video and sound cards working fine now - fantastic work guys - thank you very much!

Cheers,

C h r e d g e
 
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