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Drivers for your PC.

posted Dec 14, 2012, 2:54 PM by Surendra Dhanpaul   [ updated Oct 31, 2015, 8:16 AM ]
How many times have you found your self with a driver problem?
Formatted your computer and forgot to note what hardware it you cannot get your wireless network card to work, or your audio card, or your video card!!! These things can be a total pain!

Well, instead of going to download some virus infested file which claims to scan your pc and give you the drivers you need, I am going to tell you how to manually do! Its really easy. You will need access to the internet of course so, would need a second computer that works...

Now, here is what you do:

on the computer that you are having the problem with:
Click start
Type: msinfo32.exe
Hit enter.

Should see system information coming up.
Click the + next to components
Go to problem devices

There are two pieces of information that you need to look for in the right hand side pane.
First is the vendor information
Second is the device ID

Vendor information looks something like this:    VEN_10EC followed by &
Device information looks something like this:     DEV_8176  followed by &

Now with those pieces of information, go to this website:

Type the info and reveal the code of device you are looking for: 

10EC is Realtek
When I look for all the devices listed there for Realtek I find that 8176 is described with a link to its drivers download page!

Perfect. Works!

Skills needed: I'd say level 4.
If you still don't quite follow go to this site here:

has pictures and so on you can relate to.