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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Easily find drivers for UNKNOWN devices or unidentified devices



Sometimes Windows fails to identify the device installed or connected to the computer, and Windows cannot or unable to find proper or correct driver for the device.



When Windows fails to identify or recognize the device connected to the computer, or does not have the driver for the device, the device is unusable. In Device Manager, the device will be listed as unknown device with yellow question mark.

In order to fix and resolve a unknown device status which causes the device cannot be used or functioned is to download and install proper and correct device driver for the device from manufacturer’s or vendor’s support website. But in order to download or find the correct device driver, the device has to be correctly and accurately identify and recognize the type, name, make or brand of the device.

There is manual method to  find and identify the brand or make name of the device with Vendor and Device ID but its a bit complicated, there are a few software utilities that helps to identify and find unknown devices’ drivers among them Unknown Device Identifier is my favorite

 
Unknown Device Identifier helps to identify the yellow question mark labeled Unknown Devices in Device Manager. The program can report a detailed summary for the manufacturer name, OEM name, device type, device model and even the exact name of the unknown devices. With the collected information, user may contact hardware manufacturer or vendor for support or search the Internet to find and download the proper and correct type of driver for the hardware, effectively and immediately convert unidentified unknown devices into identified known devices


 

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