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Software can't find Hardware :(

Question: Software can't find Hardware :(


I recently purchased a video capture board and i'm encountering a familiar problem, the software cannot find the hardware, the software simply starts and says "cannot initialize hardware" this also happened with a soundcard i brought AND my graphics card, although working, when the drivers cd is inserted a message like "hardware not detected" comes up. I am at my witts end with this and would really like some advice



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Preferred Solution: Software can't find Hardware :(

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Software can't find Hardware :(

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I have an issue with windows 7 from last week.I was surfing on net then suddenly laptop starts to hangs then my mouse was flashing continue and asking to convert seven appearance themes to basic theme.

I thought about virus and formatted laptop thrice in this week and fully scanned with quick heal,avast and macfee.But found nothing about viruses.

Still I have issues with laptop performance when I am using aero theme and another one mouse is flashing continue and asking to change theme.When I change aero theme to classic theme its working proper.

And one thing my copy ,past control stopped working thats not working good .

In short, laptop mouse is flashing continue and performance is very bad with unknown problem.
I am not getting whats going on please help me to find out issues.

Answer:Windows Seven Unable to Find Hardware or Software Issues

bhatskar, I think you may have more than 1 problem. But, first open a elevated command prompt ( click start, type cmd in the search box, right click on the cmd entry and select run as administrator) in the black box that opens, copy/paste sfc /scannow. If you decide to type it, notice the space between the sfc and the /. It is a system file checker which will scan your system files and attempt to correct any missing or corrupt files. What we want are the results to say windows found no integrity violations. If it says files were found but could not be repaired, close the box, reboot and run it again, after opening the administrative command prompt. You may have to reboot and run it three times for it to repair all system files. If it can't repair them after 3 reboots, let us know.

Also, click start button, type device manager, click on the Device manager entry that appears, and see if there are any yellow triangles or exclamation marks there and tell us what they are on or next to..

You are also running a X64 OS with 2 GB of ram. A 32 bit (X86) OS can address only about 3.5 GB of ram. Your 64 bit OS can use much more ram. Try finding out from your manual how much and what kind of ram you can use, and buy at least a 4 GB kit and use only that kit of ram. I believe you will see and improvement. I realize you would like to get your computer running right before spending money on it. So, try the other suggestions first and advise us of the results.

You should also run your ... Read more

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I reinstalled WindowsXP in my computer recently. I downloaded DriverMax and the result of uninstalled hardware is as under:HSP56 MR (VIA)Manufacturer Conexant Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % FMV-FX52Z2(A)Manufacturer Fujitsu Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % Motorola SM56 Data Fax ModemManufacturer Motorola Inc Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % Motorola SM56 Voice ModemManufacturer Motorola Inc Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % HSP56 MRManufacturer PCtel Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % HSP56 MR (VIA)Manufacturer PCtel Hardware type Modems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % HSP56 MR (VIA)Manufacturer PCtel Hardware type M?dems Hardware class Modem Hardware ID VEN_1106&DEV_3068&SUBSYS_4C211543&REV_80 Vendor ID 1106 Match probability 100 % How to proceed further how i can know which is my Modem amongst all above so that i can... Read more

Answer:how to find a hardware make and model to find driver

Clik Here...

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I think Microsoft should step up in the release cycle of upcoming Lumia phones as it is a tad behind in terms of hardware and software features.
Hardware picks: Fingerprint, hearth rate monitor, 2k screen and stylus.
Software features: More toggle options in action centre especially data connection toggle, an health app by swiping to the right from the home screen, app sorting in menu and multitasking window.

Answer:What should the upcoming Lumia phone look like in features both hardware in hardware and software?

No 2k.

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Please does anyone reading this post know of any open source or freeware software that can be downloaded and burnt to a cdr or dvd so as to create a bootable disc and capable of checking system hardware and software at startup? I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R61 running Windows 7 which has developed a problem whereby immediately after the initial Windows 7 welcome screen it throws up a blue screen of death message, resulting in continual restart. I need to determine whether the fault lies with the operating system, in which case I'll re-install this from the original W7 disc, but if the problem lies with ram etc. then I'll need to sort this out first. I have used the systems own hard disk checker from bios, which runs and says that the disc is okay. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Answer:Windows 7 Hardware and Software Checking Software

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Every time I boot up windows it attempts to find new hardware as follows:-

PCI Media device
PCI Emulation
PCI Gameport

It finds them ok except for the Gameport joystick which has an exclamation mark next to it in device manager.

Any ideas?

Many thanks


Answer:Find new Hardware ???

The gameport drivers usually load with the soundcard drivers. Try downloading the newest sound drivers from your SC manufacturer and see if it fixes the problem.

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I have a program from my friend that needs the hardware id, it works fine on windows XP but it wont work on my laptop which has windows 7. I would use his but seeing how hardware id is unique to each PC i was wondering how i could get it?


Answer:How do i find my Hardware ID?

If you mean the IP address try the following from the Help section on Ip Address.
Control Panel, Network Connections
Select an active network connection, and then, in the toolbar, click View status of this connection. (You might need to click the chevron to find this command.)
Click Details.
Your computer's IP address appears in the Value column, next to IPv4 Address.
Click to expand...

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i have a dell latitude d610 and i have trouble finding one driver for it in device manager called the pci simple communications controller. can anybody help me find it I've spennt about 5 hours searching for it but can't find it can you give me a direct link to it?

Answer:can't find hardware help

this is all i have been able to find for you see here:

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Hey. I'm looking to upgrade my brothers' computer. I need a new mobo, CPU, and some RAM modules.

Now, I know I can go to newegg myself and look there, but I also know that you guys are pros when it comes to this, and I'd like the best bang for my buck. So I'd appreciate it if you could help me find the best deals out there (from newegg).

Ok, so for mobos, I prefer AMD-based socket 939 (please no AM2--just 939) and exactly 1 PCI-E x16 slot (for later upgrading). For now, they'll be using onboard video, though, so make sure that that's at least mediocre.

For CPU, any 939 Athlon 64 will do.

And finally, for RAM, just please have it be compatible with the mobo. No more than 512MB is needed (again, at least just for now. 3-4 sockets for RAM is preferred).

In total, I don't want to spend any more than $225 including S&H, excluding mail in rebates.

Thanks, dudes.

Answer:Please help me find some hardware

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I've got a laptop that needs OS updating. It has pointsec on it. My impression is that pointsec is both hard and software level encryption so it would have to be unencrypted before itsOS can be updated. Others are telling me it's just software level, I can format and proceed. Anyone have personal experience with this?

Answer:Pointsec: Hardware + Software or Just Software

I've used pointsec, if you don't need any data off the hard drive you can wipe and reinstall the OS.

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I'm researching possible inventory options for my network. Auto software inventory is the requirement, but good hardware inventory is a huge plus.

I've used spiceworks, but I've had issues with it finding the same system multiple times ( and thus, adding to the number of "installed locations" ) that have never been adequately resolved. I'd love to hear personal experiences with different software packages.

Answer:Inventory software ( software, hardware )

Still learning 'n dorking around with Lansweeper
So far impressive...esp for a free product.

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Here is a tutorial on how to find out some information that is very useful when upgrading or troubleshooting your computer

The first section is the steps needed to find out what hardware you have and will give a list of things to include when asking for advice about your computer.

The second section will list the steps to use DirectX Diagnostic Tool to determine your type of Video Card


Section 1: Obtaining and using CPU-Z to gather system information

Section 1a: Obtaining and using CPU-Z

1) Go and download CPU-Z.

2) After downloading CPU-Z extract the contents of the .zip file, and put the extracted files where you can easily access them.

3) Double-click the cpuz.exe file.

4) Now that CPU-Z is open, you can click on each tab to find out specific information about your computer.

Section 1b: What to list when asking for advice

In the following section list the information that pertains to your query. For example, if you are upgrading your CPU, list the relevant information from the CPU Tab.

CPU Tab:

Processor Specification
Processor Code Name
Core Speed
Bus Speed

Mainboard Tab:

Motherboard Manufacturer
Motherboard Model
Graphic Interface Version
Graphic Interface Transfer Rate

Memory Tab:


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Answer:HOW TO: Find out what kind of Hardware you have.

Might wanna put this in the Tutorials Section (although it doesn't get much traffic)

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I reformated my computer today and this message would come up when i try to play a song, I checked device manager and I dont have any known sound cards besides some drivers "PlayCenter could not find the necessary hardware or drivers to execute properly. Make sure your hardware and frivers are setup correctly."

Answer:PlayCenter could not find the necessary hardware?!! HELP

go to the creative download section and d/load the software and drivers for the card and install them
this will tell you what card you have

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I am getting ready to slick my NT system because I can not get any of my administrative tools to work. I don't know what else to do.

So what I want to do is reinstall NT but I do not have any of my system drivers(computer was given to me)

Is there a way I can find out what hardware I have in it?

Another quick NT is a standalone not connected to a network..When I go into User Manager.. I get the error message "The network path was not found." "Do you want to select another domain to administer?"

What can I do?

Answer:{Resolved} - How can I find out what hardware I have?



Are you logging onto the NT machine with an account that is in the local administrator's account?

From the sound of things, it seems like you have been given a computer that has NT SERVER on it, and was once on a network LAN.

Once you are logged into the machine with a local administrator's account, you need to access the control panel, and slowly go through the different icons to find what drivers have been installed for the different hardware components. In NT4, there is no one area for this, like in Win9x. You need to look in the Multimnedai applet for your sound card, the network applet for your network card, the display applet for your screen card, the modem applet for your modem, the printer applet for your printer...

As for the User manager for Domains question... Click on the YES button, and type in your Computer's name. That will connect you top the local User manager.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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I have windows7 unidentified "blue-tooth dongle some parts. How do i find drivers for it using hardware ID?

Answer:How to find Drivers using Hardware IDs

This tut saves me the work of making snips.

How To Find Unknown Device Drivers By Their Vendor & Device ID

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Any one please help, i just recently had my xbox 360 stolen I ran it on a wireless network, I know the Mac address and whomever stole it used it and logged into my network which tells me they are near me. I suspect they changed the host name and may be using a new IP address since I know they have still been logging online based on my gamertag activity. is there any way to trace my mac address by scannig the local wireless networks? that way I can catch the *******s....PLEEEASE HELP.

Answer:Find hardware using MAC address

If they are logging onto your router, then no. If they log onto their own network, then you can ask one of the game servers to ask for the IP address that logs onto the servers and then you can give the info to the Police, which can get the information on the user from the IP address.

However I don't think the person will be too far from you as the wireless range won't be that far out.

Was this at home, school, etc?

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Im looking to build my own PC and I have a fair idea of the parts I need and want. What im finding difficulty with is chosing the RIGHT ones for the job. Are there any sites or people I can talk to, to find out if what I have in mind will operate like perfect clockwork?Thanks

Answer:How do I find out the compatibility of hardware?

click here

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I cant find were to go when i am trying to look for like video cards, and all comp. perfomances. PLZ HELP, THX

Answer:How to find windows mce hardware


Perhaps you might want to say a little bit more about want you are looking for or want to do if you want to get some responses.

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I have never done It before I know you can over clock the videocard (mines a nvidia geforce8800gt) someone told me gateway made me unable to change my mother board so i think that takes the processor out but what about ram and the hard drive? I dont expect a step by step guide (id like one tho but I just want a link to a guide what makes it the hardest is I do not even know the name or brand of my ram or hard drive (I even looked on gateway and couldnt find it) device manager doesnt have it either. any other things that can be overclocked I would appreciate as well. The only thing I found a good amount of info on is cooling. Thank you for your time..

Answer:Where do I find a way to overclock my hardware?

Quote from: doc_holliday420 on August 24, 2008, 02:55:10 PM someone told me gateway made me unable to change my mother board so i think that takes the processor out but what about ram and the hard drive? If your BIOS doesn't allow you to set CPU parameters, it is doubtful that you can (or should) overclock the RAM. There is no overclocking for hard drives.Overclocking is science and art! You have a nice system based on your other topic - my advice is->don't screw with it! Perhaps you could benefit from another video card, see what advice you get. Best of luck!

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New DSL and (alleged) network installed. The "network tech" left us with 1 computer able to access the copier for printing and two able to use the internet, I have managed to convince my XP machine that it is on a network and can access the 98 machine and copy files etc. However the 98 machine can't browse the network and the Wizard disk from my machine states that windows can't find the hardware on the 98 machine. I get this from ipconfig /all:

Windows 98 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . : dell1.domain_not_set.invalidD

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast

NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No

NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : Yes

0 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-03-47-CE-BF-99

DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

IP Address. . . . . . . . . :

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . :

Default Gateway . . . . . . :

DHCP Server . . . . . . . . :

Primary WINS Server . . . . :

Secondary WINS Server . . . :

Lease Obtained. . . . . . . : 06 07 06 12:42:30 PM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . : 06 08 06 12:42:30 PM

Answer:Net Wizard can't find hardware

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My computer has been playing up for a while, I just got a CD which should find out which piece of hardware is defective, do I have to boot up from CD through the bios (and if so how to do that) or do I boot up into windows first and play the CD normally?The CD is called Ultimate boot cd.Thank you.

Answer:How to CD to find out which hardware is playing up

As far as I can see click here is not really a tool for an 'Absolute Beginner'.If you want to run it you will need to set the BIOS to boot from the CD drive click here then restart with the CD in the drive.

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Hey there my fellow tech heads.
I am in need of a new case for my motherboard (Socket 775);

Manufacturer Acer
Model FG965M
Version R01-B0
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model P965/G965
Chipset Revision C2
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801HH (ICH8DH)
Southbridge Revision B0

Brand Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Version R01-B0
Date 06/18/2007

One that will fit this and enable me to have more fans to keep a new GPU I will be buying cool.
My current default Acer Aspire E700 case is far too small and will get hot far too quickly!
Please help me find a case as I don't really know what I'm looking for?!
Thanks, Jay.

Answer:Help me find a case that will fit all my hardware in?

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I know there are lots of threads about the same thing. But ive looked.. for the last few hours and I'm stuck. I have a Dell dimension 5000. xp.
Just got a friend to reinstall it. Now its not even listing ethernet on the device manager. Downloaded the chipset and the network driver off the dell website but it still isnt working. Currently having to download things onto a memory stick and transfer between computers 2 floor apart. fit i am going to be. Any help would be amazing as im going insane. Thanks

Answer:Cannot find network hardware

did you get a Restore CD with the laptop
Dells often have a partition which you can restore from
Note sure but I think taping F10 on boot goes to that partiion,

One of the above should restore the PC to the factory settings with all drivers

Otherwise the drivers off the website should work

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Where can I find the specs on the hardware of my Laptop? Type of HDD how many HDD slots, RAM upgrade capacity, etc?Thanks for any help

Answer:Where to find info on hardware

15 inch notebook have a single hard disk bay. Use google as I did. The following document has the specifications of your notebook. 

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Hello all,

I just reinstalled Windows XP, with Service Pack 2. Now, for some reason, the computer doesn't seem to realize it has a wireless card, and does not automatically join networks. Then, when I go to "Network Setup Wizard", I get a "cannot find network hardware" error.... what happened?

Thank you all,

Answer:Cannot find network hardware?

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I have a T43 that was agonizingly slow. Being a nontechnical sort (compared to you) I reloaded XP Pro (SP2) from a newly purchased distribution. I downloaded the Broadcom driver using another machine, copied it to the newly rebuilt one, and installed the driver there. The operating system still says there is no internet hardware. Any suggestions?

Answer:Reloaded T43 with XP Pro, can't find hardware

Welcome to the forum! Downloading the driver is only the first step in the process. After the download is complete, the driver must be unpacked from C>Drivers>Win>Ethernet. Posting the 7-character model number of your T43 (either 26??-??? or 187?-???) would help us assist you better. Good luck and keep us posted.

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i had restore my pc. and made sure that had MOBO driver installed but it still say's cannot find network hardware. any clues'

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Hi everybody,

I have reinstalled the windowXP of my desktop and I am not able to find the drivers of my sound card and graphic card.

I have used device manger to search it on internet but it couldn't find any.
Could anyone tell me how to find these drivers or what software can check all my drivers, please?

Thank you very much

Answer:how to find all hardware drivers?

Download "Everest Home Edition" & install ... it will tell you what cards you have and probably give you a link to their home site for divers.

If not, then at least you'll be able to tell us what they are ...

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Hey there, firstly i'd like to say i really respect what you guys do helping all the clueless peeps like me, i've had various problems before and have solved them all through searching help threads here.

Recently my system had been playing up, random restarts, long boots, incredibly slugish and i was recommended to do a reformat of windows xp. Which i went ahead and did no problem. Now with the fresh system i am unable to make any connection to the internet.

When i go into the network setup wizard it says "The wizard cannot find your network hardware".

I use a router with a ethernet cable.
The cable is fine.
I've read around and hear i may need to install network drivers. Which i dont have a disk for.
I have no idea where to locate these drivers or what i need to download specificly
My motherboard is a "ECS 945G-M3 V3.0 Socket 775 Core 2 Duo Ready FSB1066 DDR2 Onboard Audio mATX"

Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

I really have little knowledge of what i should be doing.

Thanks - A tired Josh.

Answer:Wizard cannot find your network hardware

Go to "system then hardware the device manager" if it does not shop there then go tot add & remove hardware, let the system try to find it. If the system does not find it try to go back and select it from the list, take your time it is not as hard as it may seem. Another point!!! You may need a driver, many drivers are available on the net from the maker, you will need the make/model number.
Added note if you find the net card in the device manager but with a yellow asterisk, right click a panel will open click on driver and try the update feature the driver may be on your windows disk!

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I have a computer with integrated video. It appears the drivers are the wrong ones. Although it works, it doesn't work well. The refresh rate is pretty slow.. but it use to be fast before the user 'upgraded' the drivers. Roll back not possible. The problem here is that I have no idea what drivers to get. I went to the motherboard manufacturer with no luck. That is to say I downloaded their video drivers (with a setup.exe) and ran it but it told me I couldn't install the drivers. No reason given.

Maybe this is bigger than not knowing what drives the video on this system. I am open to ideas.

The motherboard is a KM400-M2 v1.0b which appears to be a ECS board.

any ideas? please be specific. I'm a little new to this.

Answer:Is there a way to find out what video hardware is in the system?

Did you try the drivers at this site? They list it as a sound driver.

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I have a external USB DVD drive (plug and play) that I'm trying to hook up. I am getting this successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device (code 41). I looked in the device manager and it has a yellow exclamation mark next to my device. I tried to update the driver(didn't work), I scanned for hardware(didn't work), I uninstalled it(didn't work), I tried the add hardware wizard(didn't work) and I followed some threads from Majorgeeks to delete the "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters". When I try to delete the UpperFilters and/or LowerFilters, It does not show me that option. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
There is no listing for Upper or LowerFilters to delete! I have an older computer which is a Dell Dimension 8200 Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3. If anyone could me with this issue, that would be great! Thank you for your time! I hope I gave you enough info!

Thanks for the HELP!

Answer:cannot find hardware device (code 41)

try this...

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Note: The printer's scanner worked fine on my cousin's netbook so I don't think its defective.

I recently bought a new printer which is also supposed to be able fax and scan. The printer works fine, but I am not able to scan. During installation there was an error ("Your new hardware might not work properly"). I opened up Device Manager and there you go, a yellow exclamation mark ! next to Lexmark 2600 under images and devices.
To fix the problem, I tried to update the driver from the installation disc. But it showed me the message "Wizard could not find a better match for you hardware than the one it already has"
I went to the Lexmark website and downloaded and installed the updates, followed the troubleshooter, and even chatted for an hour with a support operator. The instructions he gave me were the same thing I was already doing; try updating from the cd and the downloaded package from the site, install,uninstall, reinstall, try different usb port... but i got the same disappointing result; Wizard cant find a better match.

04:48:58 PM [Marco] I see. I apologize. That is correct. However, to be honest, I am not certain why XP is not allowing you to update using the downloaded package and the CD.
05:02:27 PM [Marco] I see. I apologize we have perform the necessary steps to have the printer updated, however the issue persists. There may be a software or Operating system policy blocking or not allowing the update.

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Answer:Wizard could not find a better match for you hardware than the one it already has

Hi from the user guide
The following operating systems are supported: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3
or later, and Mac OS X versions 10.5, 10.4 and 10.3.
1 Check the USB cable for any obvious damage. If the cable is damaged, use a new one.
2 Firmly plug the square end of the USB cable into the back of the printer.
3 Firmly plug the rectangular end of the USB cable into the USB port of the computer.
The USB port is marked with the USB symbol.
1 Press to turn the printer off.
2 Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet.
3 Gently remove the power supply from the printer.
4 Reconnect the power supply to the printer.
5 Plug the power cord into the wall outlet.
6 Press to turn the printer on.
1 Close all open programs.
2 Disable any security programs.
3 Do one of the following:
• In Windows Vista, click .
• In Windows XP and earlier, click Start.
4 Click Computer or My Computer.
5 Double-click the CD or DVD drive icon.
6 If necessary, double-click setup.exe.
7 Follow the instructions on the computer screen to install the software.
8 When the installation is completed, enable the security software again
guide here
drive... Read more

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Here is the rundown:

In mIRC/MSN/YAHOO/AIM I get disconnected randomly. I may be in a middle of a conversation in MSN and it will boot me out. In mIRC I may get BLOCKS of information (like 5 minutes worth) in approximatley 2 seconds, or just get disconnected.

I also cannot download anything above 20mb. It will stop at 5mb, 1.9mb, 18.5mb (totally random).

I currently have Comcast HSI. I run a Motorola Surfboard 5100 cable modem, plugged into a Linksys BEFSR41. Both cable modem and router are BRAND NEW.

Silly as it may seem, this is the 3rd router. We had a BEFSR41 before, but it would "die" on us, about once every other day, until we unplugged it, and replugged it in. Before this, we had a netgear router, which worked flawlessly, BUT COULDNT send e-mail. (Strangest thing, could GET e-mail, but couldn't SEND e-mail. EVEN THOUGH THEY BOTH USE THE SAME MAIL SERVER. I could even telnet and ping the outgoing mail server. Tried in outlook, firefox, mozilla suite, etc. E-mail keeps me in business, so I switched to that BEFSR41.

So it seems I just cannot get it right. I just purchased a Cisco uBR904 router, but I cannot get it configured correctly to do what I would like, so will probably be putting it up for sale.

Now, the Motorola surfboard 5100 is about 1 month old. The "new" BEFSR41 is 1 month old. Obviously this combination is not working. I DO NOT CARE HOW MUCH IT COSTS, I want a router that will work flawlessly with SB51... Read more

Answer:I honestly cannot find good hardware

Have you just tried running just the 5100 directly into your computer? That way it will be easy to tell if your really dealing with router issues or if its not something else, such as cable modem, service itself or computer configuration.

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My son's Sony VAIO laptop pucked it's guts, and I couldn't get it to boot up Vista and stay running. I've reinstalled Vista, but because the great guys at the now defunct Circuit City kept his restore disk - they told them that they absolutely needed to keep it. Well, guess what - it's in a landfill now.

I need to at least figure out what video driver and what wireless network drivers I need to install. It's a Sony VGN-FZ340E - but how does one ever figure out what is installed for hardware?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Sony VAIO - how do you find out what hardware you have?

newbieputerbuf said:

My son's Sony VAIO laptop pucked it's guts, and I couldn't get it to boot up Vista and stay running. I've reinstalled Vista, but because the great guys at the now defunct Circuit City kept his restore disk - they told them that they absolutely needed to keep it. Well, guess what - it's in a landfill now.

I need to at least figure out what video driver and what wireless network drivers I need to install. It's a Sony VGN-FZ340E - but how does one ever figure out what is installed for hardware?

Thanks in advance.Click to expand...

Does it have a "wired" network port? If so connect that to your cable-DSLmodem/router/network switch and run Windows update. That should find missing drivers.

This link will take you to Sony's site to get info:


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my astranet ia101 scanner has a problem. i need to reinstall it to my pc, because of a hard drive crash and the techs had to wipe and reformat my drive, so i have to put everything back on it. i have reinstalled it before many times with no problem, but this time for some reason, my computer won't find the device driver for it now. i installed it with my disc that came with the scanner, and i also tried with a download from the umax website. when i restart my pc, windows recognizes that there is new hardware, but cannot find the driver. when i click on the vistascan icon, it tries to find it, but says, error, scanner access failed. everytime i run the windows add hardware wizard, it says cannot locate drivers for the scanner. the windows hardware wizard always asks me to put the windows 98 cd in, but the drivers aren't there. they are on the scanner cd and on my computer somewhere. after i installed the vistascan from the disc, it said successful install. the vista shuttle and the copy utility are fine- just the vista scan. how do i solve this? i have windows 98 on my pc.

Answer:win98 won't find hardware drivers

Have you used the "have disk" option and directed the path to the driver on the installation CD?

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I of course could just build one from scratch, but this is a recommendation for a friend for his business and they have to have a vendor-bought system. Now, I realize this could turn into a whole lot of "I like Dell" and "I like HP" posts, so I'm going to clarify. I'm looking for a few good resources (websites) that review/compare pre-built Server systems. An example would be READY GO.

Answer:Where can I find some server hardware reviews?

Good question, my anwser is that there are very few sites that do this.

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Hey all,
Just wanted to know what software you use after a fresh install of windows to view the hardware specs. I have this laptop that has a fresh format, yet no drivers installed. I'd rather not open it up to find out what drivers I'd be needing.

The laptop is a Toshiba M45, and I have the driver page, there are just a few driver options for different configurations. So I need a piece of software that can tell what the exact hardware I have.


Answer:Find hardware specs after format

Wouldn't it be faster if you go to the support page for that laptop and download the drivers from there?

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hey everyone, I got a R61 (8932 - CTO) and I am running XP home.  I am trying to find the audio drive for this laptop. I scour through Lenovo support and downloads site.  I tried the Conexant High Definition Audio drivers and when I run setup, it gives me an error that it cannot find this driver. In Device Manager, i do not see an audio device.  I tried the ThinkVantage Updates and it does not show that I need a new audio drive to download. As on device manager it doesn't show anything, I do not know what the audio drive I need. When I go to this page => and ran these upgraded: Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver (Q888111) for Windows XP with ... Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver (Q888111) for Windows XP with ...  At last, I am stuck...I am pretty sure the audio is coxeant audio device.   My questoin is: i) How do I find this device in my compii) How do i install the drivers to this device. Thanks!!

Answer:R61 - cannot find audio hardware and drive

Hello, is there a yellow exclamation mark at any deivce? It should be.Otherwise your have already installed one.Which SP (1 or 2) version do you use?

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I bought my Yoga 720-15IKB slightly used on eBay and did a clean install of Win10 immediately after receiving it. During this process, I noticed the recovery partition was empty, so I decided to format the entire drive and delete the recovery partition. After getting back into Windows, I noticed the usual methods of installing Nvidia display drivers weren't working, so I opened Device Manager and can't even find the Nvidia device in there under the generic "Microsoft Basic Display" name.I'm really worried the previous owner somehow fried the card. Does anyone have any ideas of how to get it working? EDIT: This is the first driver I've tried to install. Would installing the other drivers somehow make this device appear?

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I had some shareware programs that I wasn't using so I deleted them. After when I tried to play any audio or video the audio wouldn't work. I can get an .mpeg to play but no sound. Anything else like an MP3 tells me there is a errror and there is a problem. I tried going into the device manager - properties>Hardware>Device Manager etc... and found the yellow exclamation point so I deleted it and Rebooted and let windows detect the device- it would NOT detect the disk that I put in even when I pointed to it. So I tried to run the disk manually and it says after it installs that it CANNOT FIND ANY SOUND BLASTER CARD HARDWARE - HELP!!!!
Thanks everybody!

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where on control pannel will i find hardware and sound button i want to change plan setting to shut down

Answer:where do i find hardware and sound on vista

Its under 'Control Panel' use 'Home' rather than the Classic view.

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I recently completed a clean install of Windows 7 on my laptop (Toshiba Satellite l655-s5150). However, I am unable to update my drivers as my computer cannot identify most of my hardware.
Under device manager it has "Other Devices" listed as "Ethernet Controller", "Network Controller", and "PCI Simple Communications Controller". All three have a yellow exclamation mark next to them and Manufacturer: Unknown.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer:Cannot Find Hardware After Clean Install

Go to Toshiba Support, click on the Download tab and enter your system details. Download and install the chipset drivers and then the remaining items should be recognised. You can then download and install the other missing drivers if Windows does not install them automatically.

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There were a few apps about at one point which you could load up in Windows and they would give you a breakdown of the inner-workings of your PC, i.e. what processor, RAM, HD etc etc...

I've long since forgotten what the app was called and want to get some RAM to upgrade a friend's laptop... I do recall it going from a totally free app to one which required registration for the more advanced features...

Anybody able to help out?
Many thanks

Answer:How Can I Find Out What Hardware Is Inside My Laptop?

Try this EverestHome

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I'm trying to make sure I have all the Right Drivers... But I wanted to find a program that can tell me each piece of hardware. I used Belarc Advisor... Its ok. But is there a better one?

Answer:Looking to find a Program to read all my Hardware..

Everest or SIW. Both are free downloads.

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The add new hardware wizard is not finding new drivers on cd.The drivers are there. Using win98 and trying to install Creative Blaster USB modem V92 on friends machine.

Answer:Add New Hardware Wizard does not find new drivers

Browse the cd and point 98 to the drivers.

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Hallo, I tried installing drivers from kxproject (3550) for my soundblaster 0060. Sound was working, and everything seemed fine, but it's either I'm unsure of how to setup the 'recording mixer' so that I can use my microphone, or it wasn't working? So I got rid of those drivers, and went with an older version of the drivers to see if that would help. ( 3548 )

Now, not only is nothing working for my soundcard after that, but it refuses to uninstall with both the default uninstaller ( which I tried first ) as well as the device manager. An odd woodpecker/repeating sound can be heard. If you click uninstall in the device manager on the different sound card parts, the sound card comes back & reappears. The odd noise is not stopped while doing this. I found that by clicking on the properties of the sound card, I was able to see that it used 'audio endpoint'.

I then went into system32, and deleted the 'audio endpoint' .inf files. Now that I've deleted one of the .inf files, it's now falling back onto a different .inf file it seems, and I have no clue as to what the name of this one is, as it isn't the same name as what it's now being given as ( generic software device. )

The soundcard used to be under 'audio inputs & outputs' but now is under 'software devices' in control panel.

What can I do to make this work on my system? Does anyone know how to locate the exact .inf files that the hardware is using so that I can delete them? Does anyone know how to setup the soundca... Read more

Answer:How to find .inf of your hardware? Soundcard issue

Unfortunately, you have made a mess where it will be literally impossible to install any driver for it now.

Suggest to run sfc /scannow from elevated command prompt to fix it and if not, clean install Windows.

(Another option is to copy what you deleted from an EXACT same Windows install from another machine and the replace it. Same build, same architecture, if you have one.)

Do not ever delete .inf files unless instructed to do so by someone with intricate knowledge. What you deleted is necessary for Windows. Anyone that knows better will never suggest to delete .inf files, unless in extreme rare cases, where it is impossible to install a driver otherwise. And never under any circumstance should a Windows .inf file be deleted.

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While I am on the computer, I heard an alert sound to inform some driver download is available for a hardware of my computer.

I do not want Broadcom Cooperation Driver update for Broadcom Bluetooth 3.0 USN, as I during clean install of my OS had this got installed automatically and made my wireless keyboard non-functional.

I do not want this to happen again.
I would appreciate if anyone could help me with the identity of this purported driver for my computer hardware?


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Here's the setup:
Recently purchased an EMachines M6805 laptop (A64 3000+). Laptop comes with built in 802.11b/g lan in the form of a Broadcom 54g MaxPerformance wireless card.

After fiddling with it for 10 minutes, wireless worked out of the box. It came with Windows XP EMachines Version pre-installed with all the drivers. Now, of course I'm too stupid to settle for this, so I reformatted two days later and put XP Pro on here. It was lightning fast after that. Problem was, it had none of the drivers on here, so I chickened out and put my other copy of normal Windows XP Home on here. I found the drivers this time and installed them from a restore CD, and wireless worked and so did wired. So far so good.

The problem arose in that Win XP Home didn't accept the emachines cd-key cause it was for a specific version, and i wanted to use my legal home copies, because they don't have all the bloatware the Emachines one does. So I stupidly resorted to killing the WPA (windows product activation) process with a crack. I'm pretty sure I can narrow that down to when it stopped working, though I can't be sure because I fell asleep with my pc on in my bed, and woke up 4 hours later with it sitting next to me. This is around the last time it worked, but I was tired, so don't clearly recollect.

I then got frustrated and reinstalled XP Pro one more time, and it still didn't work even with the drivers. Now I've put the original EMachines copy of ... Read more

Answer:54g card does not find anything, settings or hardware?

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Windows Xp

So 2 days ago, i was having a problem with my computer, i would log in, and once my desktop came up, it would show for about 10 seconds, and then my icons and taskbar would dissapear. So i called dell, and they told me that most likely some spyware had leaked through and the best solution would be to reboot xp and start from scratch. So i go to do that and when the installation finished, i suddenly have no internet connection. I use a linksys router, and my laptop is connected to the router and gets a connection just fine.

So im guessing my problem is that when i go on my pc and go to the network connections screen, its empty. Wehn i try to set one up, i get the "Wizzard cannot find your network hardware" which is strange because before i re-installed, i had a working internet connection. If you have any tips, that doesnt require me talking to the useless folks at "dell-on-call" please help.

Be slow with me lol, im a beginner, i kno some basics, but if u tell me to do some crazy stuff, i will probably get lost =). So step by step please if u can help.


Answer:Wizard Cannot find your network hardware.

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I can't find the web sites any more that I use when I would refer to them
to identify all kinds of hardware, like Motherboards, Video Cards, CPU's, Hard Disk Drives, and all the other types of hardware and Cards.

I have so much Hardware from older computers and would love to be able to ID them being I never marked them on what they were when I took them out of the the cases.

Can everybody please help and post back any information that can help me, web sites that you use and know of, thank you very much for the strong support like all ways, Joe

Answer:Please, Where Do I Find the Sites So I Can Identify Hardware?

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I have Windows XP Media Center Edition on a Dell E521. Just recently, within this past week, I have connected my USB SanDisk ImageMate SDDR-05 Flashcard reader to my computer in order to transfer picture files from my camera to the computer via a flashcard. While doing the initial setup the Wizard Install box instructs me through all the necessary steps, but it finally states that: ?the hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software.? I?ve attempted this procedure several times but always with the same result...I still can?t find the device anywhere on my computer, not even within the My Computer icon. On the device manager the SanDisk hardware appears (identified as USB CFII), but as a yellow question mark upon which I always end up uninstalling/removing it. I called SanDisk tech help and they said that their Flashcard Reader already has its driver pre-installed within every XP system...and that is why their website does not offer any ImageMate SDDR-05 driver downloads for XP. I have even tried changing to the other computer USB ports including one which my printer already works without any problems...but I still get the same none result. This hardware did work, without any issues, with my older Dell which had a Windows 98 OS. The SanDisk tech suggested I contact Microsoft... Any suggestions on what I could/should do to remedy this? Please help!!!!

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Hi one of my friend gave me pIII system. i have freshly installed windows xp sp2. while installing some files couldn't b copied. so i pressed skip to continue installation.installation is over.Now i could not find add hardware icon in control panel to install new hardware inmy system. plz help me out. is this the fault of my cd?

Answer:Add Hardware can't find in control panel

go start>run>type Hdwwiz.cpl

do u get the Add Hardware window?

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Hey there,

I use Norton Ghost to back up the contents of my master hard drive. The secondary hard drive(the one I back up my files to) I place in a Mobile Rack which I slide into my computer before I back up and slide out and put away when not backing up.

All this worked fine for MONTHS. I was able to back up my master hard drive to my secondary hard drive... But all of a sudden I'm having problems...

Last week I opened norton ghost but it said that it could only detect my master hard drive, not my secondary hard drive... So I logged onto windows xp and went into the Add Hardware section to see if I could detect the secondary hard drive. It found it fine and I was able to back up my master hard drive to the secondary hard drive...

This week the same thing happened however when I went into Add hardware, it won't pick up the secondary hard drive... I've also tried uninstalling the Secondary IDE Channel and SIS PCI IDE Controller but it didn't end up picking the secondary hard drive up... I've tried this and restarted my computer seceral times...

Sometimes the yellow light (the light that fashes when the hard drive is loading/thinking) appears on the secondary hard drive so I guess it is getting power to it.

Any ideas why it is not finding the secondary hard drive?
Is the secondary hard drive faulty? It's fairly new (6 months).

Answer:Can't find hardware - hard drive

Any ideas?

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Just bought a new computer and put it together, after some failed starts etc the Asus P5K Deluxe tells me that it wants a bios recovery and starts searching in USB/CD/Floppy, so I decide to give it a go and shove in the Asus CD. It finds p5k.rom (or similar) and starts programming it says, after that it reboots and now I just cannot get past the AMIBIOS logo where it's supposed to find the hardware.

It gets stuck, but if i leave it for a while it draws huge black lines all over the screen with itty pieces of text in it, like the sata name and 800 and 1024 etc, the only thing that it finds fully is the CPU, which is a Intel Core 2 Quadro 2,4.

I have tried resetting bios and everything, but seeing as how I can't even get into the friggin bios it's quite hopeless this .. I really want my new comp to start Please help!

Answer:Asus P5K Deluxe won't find hardware! HELP!

Shameless bump .. Guys I really want to make my new computer working please help if you can.

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Hello, I am a little worried about my HP laptop. I really feel that someone install some kind of hardware keylogger in it. I am going to open my laptop but I still need to know what to look for. Can someone tell me how detect a hardware keylogger and how to remove it safely without damaging my laptop? I am using windows 7 32-bit, HP pavilion dv3 4048-tx. Thank you in advance for you help.

Answer:How to find hardware keylogger in laptop?

I don't know. But, you might watch for comments.

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I would like to install Linux on my PC as a dual-boot system with Windows XP but after checking many websites I can't find any drivers for my Gigabyte GA-6WMM7 Motherboard or my Intel 810 chipset, among other things. I wondered if anyone here knew the location of these drivers or if there is a generic driver that will work for all these. Most of my other hardware will work, but i'm not sure about my Celeron II 700Mhz Processor. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:I can't find Linux drivers for my hardware!

Have you seen this useful site click here

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Hi! I've been using Lenovo since this summer but I decided to install Windows 7 Ultimate instead Windows 7 Home Premium. I've downloaded drivers, but there are some troubles:1. I can't install Bluetooth driver. Installer informs: "Can not detect your Bluetooth hardware."(something like this, because I've got Russian Windows) and the only one button "Abort installation". Reset doesn't help2. When I'm installing Hotkey Features Integration, namely "On Screen Display", installer says: "An error occurred during copying the file "cleanup.dll"". This message appears when installer is copying pnpreg.dll, regcat.dll, tphklock.dll.PS sorry for my grammar)

Answer:Can't find bluetooth hardware on Edge 15

I solved problem with bluetooth. I'm waiting for solution of second trouble)

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So, my computer suddenly started finding a handful of devices it can't find drivers for. I didn't add any new hardware. After trying all I could think of I resorted to trying a clean install. Sadly that did not help.

Can someone advise me on where to begin to diagnose this problem? Obviously I'm not very experienced with this.

I'm sure you'll need more information to truly help with this, but I'm not sure what to provide or how to obtain it.

Answer:No new hardware, can't find drivers even after clean install

Please provide more information. What do you mean your system is finding devices for which it can't find drivers? Please explain IN DETAIL.

Also, after the clean install did you download and install the chipset driver followed by all other appropriate drivers? Look in device manager - any yellow or red symbols?

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After reformatting my friends computer (yes, I have done this before) we have a couple of problems that I have never dealt with before. Ist of all, we have only 2 or 16 colors available (windows 98) and even worse, we have no modem detected. We took the modem out and put it back in , rebooted, hoping that it would be detected. It wasnt. There is NO information about this modem on it or in the spec sheet for the pc. So, we have no clue about drivers, where to get them, manufacturer etc. Where do we begin?
Any help you can give will keep us busy enough to maintain our sanity ;-) since I have to come all the way home, get ideas , go back and try them at her house-this is turning out to be quite the chore. I appreciate your help ALOT

Answer:{Moved to Hardware} can't find modem after reformatting

Moving to Hardware by user request.

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If your computer is running a beta version of the Windows? 7 operating system, the following information can help you select the correct beta software to download for your Microsoft Hardware product.
For the best Microsoft Hardware device and software performance, it?s essential to install all of the important and recommended Windows updates from the Windows Update site. Microsoft Hardware Windows? 7 Support

Answer:How to Find Windows 7 Drivers for Microsoft Hardware

Yesterday I installed windows 7, and I only installed windows update... and no driver was required. Graphics card, sound card, LAN card etc. were automatically installed.

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Hi,Windows 7 -32bit3GB RAM500GB HDD Western Digital AAKS 7200RPMGame: Medal of Honor Allied Assault (a decade old FPS game with little requirements).GPU: Galaxy Nvidia 450 GTS (8 month old,75C temp under load,48C idle temp)PSU: 500W ocz500mxsp (1 year old)CPU: E6550 Core 2 Duo (35C idle temp,60C loaded)I've been playing in this particular multiplayer game server for 4 years and never had a problem.Always 50ms ping.They did not move their servers.Not a single other play is experiencing lag issues,just me.My ping is now anywhere between 150ms - 600ms.When my player doesn't move- the ping is low.When I move a lot and shoot- it goes high.The internet(router,ISP,modem) is not the issue.Played the game on another computer on local LAN with no problem.Speedtest and Pingtest show 10ms latency with 0% packet loss.25Mbps download speed.I re-installed the latest version 314 Nvidia drivers.I've also tried the driver from Galaxy's own website (version 306).I re-installed the game too.I re-installed the entire operating system from a scratch today and installed the drivers only(no other program,no antivirus) but that didn't help.I even changed the hard drive today.I checked RAM for errors and it came up clean.I still have the same high ping issue.Now I believe the problem is caused either by failing GPU or PSU but I need your help to find out which one causes it.Any program that I can use to find out which component is causing the mess?Thanks !!!

Answer:How can I find out which hardware component is causing lag in FPS gaming

That is a high ping. But is the ping test inside the game? Please explain. A ping test from the command line tells nothing about the GPU performance. Or even the game. So I sues you mean the game is reporting long ping.Did you say you do not have the issue with another PC?  If so, that implicates the motherboard, especially the south bridge, which is not replaceable. Do you overclock the motherboard in any way?

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I have had my PC for about 3 years and both the CD-R and CD-RW have worked fine. Last week both drives disappeared from My Computer. When I go into Device Manager they are both visible but have an exclamation mark against them in a yellow background. Under properties I get this message 'Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)'

They both still have power and I have checked the internal connections. I am running Windows XP.

Can anyone suggest what I try next?



Answer:Solved: Can not find hardware Device (Code 41)

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one of my computer just suddenly died yesterday and i am trying to figure out what the problem is
My XP has totally died, it just give me the blue screen saying there is a problem and might be virus and ask me to scandisk. But I can't do that as it just stuck at the blue screen unless i reboot

when i boot the computer, it says "Detecting primary master drive: WD....., Detecting primary slave drive:WD........, Detecting CD drive:....."
Usually when it is normal, it doesn't have the word detecting to go with it. After detecting for a few seconds, it would say "Primary slave drive fail" even if the drive is found above. Sometimes same thing would happen with the master drive.
This is very weird, i thought its a virus problem and i am trying to scan the comp from my 98 (C drive). If the master drive fail, then i won't be able to access 98. If works sometimes and if it doesn't, i just boot until it works (the drive is detected).

I am not sure if its a virus problem and hardware problem. It seems like the comp has trouble detecting the harddrives for some reason.
Can anyone help? Thanks

Answer:Can't find Harddrives? (Virus or hardware problem?)

btw, i have already formatted my D drive (XP drive) cuz i thought it was the virus.. but it still acting the same way. So maybe hardware problem?

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I know windows 10 has hardware based tokens, but I would like to copy this token and keep it sumwhere safe so tht in future if it cannot activate due to any reason, I can manually install the token and validate my copy of windows.

Please inform how can I find key/tokens and take backup of the same.

Answer:How to find Hardware installation - Win10 Key/Token ?

If you mean the Windows installation key, you could try this

How to view your product key in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

or this

How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys

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Hello folksHave recently formatted and re-installed XP, all gone smoothly with no obvious issues, have spent tha last few days updating service packs, and re-installing my favourite programs and data, again, no obvious issues. I'm using the pc now, so obviously no internet connection issues either. However, I've just got around to setting up my home network again, and I'm struggling. The network wizard will not run and tells me it cannot find my network hardware, I had no issue running this with Vista (Which I've sacked). has anyone any ideas?I have msi p6n sli v2 mobo, and I've run the driver disc for this three times now to see if it would help, I've checked that the network card is enabled in device manager, can't see anything wrong.Any ideas folks?

Answer:Network connection issue, pc cannot find hardware.

The more I Google, the more worried I'm getting. The only fix I've found to this, is to reformat and re-install XP. I've spent days getting everything back together and would really want to avoid that if at all possible.

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I was just wondering... is there a program or something that gives you numbers of power usage from each peice of hardware in your PC?

Poop... i'm starting to think i put this in the wrong forum... sowwie!

Answer:How do you find out power usage of computer hardware?

It can't be done using software because of the lack of sensors (on your hardware) that can be used to monitor the current supplied to each piece of hardware.

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I can find several people who have the same trouble but no answers? Or donot I look properly? Please help me because I cannot change the standard use of mij laserprinter to grey and concept instead of color en normal. That makes it very expensive. Thanks in advance, Mulligen

Answer:cannot find or delete netwerkprinters in hardware & devices

You can give this a try to see if items are listed.
Go here to this tutorial.> Devices and Printers - Device Stage

When you see below window highlight item you want to remove then click Remove Device.

Also some items can be listed under Program and Features instead of Device Manager hardware.
Here. > Programs and Features - Uninstall or Change a Program

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Can anyone help me help my girlfriends parents computer!Im not sure what some one done it has been running fine for the 2 years or so they have had it, but they asked me to look at it, and when you go to boot it up at the moment it says its found new hardware but cannot find the drivers. It doesnt say what the hardware, and says that you can choose to finish anyway, but when you do tey screen goes to the wallpaper but nothing else loads up? no desktop or anything. I booted in safe mode and could get in that way but still cannot find the prob. I just wondered if anyone had any suggestions before i pop the recovery disks in and wipe it!!It Win ME by the way.

Answer:New hardware found on startup, cant find drivers..

in Device Manager for any yellow exclamation marks - might give you a clue to what the hardware is.

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The web is full of sites on how to find the serial number of your computer but not all serial numbers of hardware belonging to it.
I also found 'Hardware ID Extractor.exe' which is extremely limited and both Belarc Advisor and Speccy do not provide such info.
I was wondering if there is such info. Obviously this assumes the info is attached/embedded somehow on the hardware itself which may not be the case.
I have recently purchased an audio card. In wanting to register it the serial number on the box has a sticker with another number on it. I called Asus and asked them which of the 2 it may be. They said to not trust the sticker on the box and to look at the actual card. Makes sense to me except the card is already in my PC and every time I open it, it is hell--too much stuff in there and a slight movement of some wire or other creates havoc. Hence me asking this question.
Thank you

Answer:How2 find hardware serial numbers

Im afraid if you want to be sure then you will need to look, there may be software out there however you dont know if the information they are providing you is correct.

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PC with Windows ME. When instaling new hardware, system searches for drivers and frequently fails to find them, apparently because it is looking in the directory. For example, I was installing a USB linked magnetic card reader and the following message appeared in a window headed 'New Hardware Found'."File USBNTMAP.SYS was not foundWindows needs the disk labelled Windows Millenium Edition to continue. This disk may be provided by your computer or device manufacturer.Copy files from C:|Program files\Creative\....."If I then use the browse button to point the system at C:\Windows\system32\driversit sometimes works, and anyway the files it is looking for are invariably some within the Windows directory.Is there any way I can get the system to look in the right place automatically in stead of looking in the Creative soundblaster directory for a standard Windows ME driver??!!??Any help will be gratefully received.MJ

Answer:New hardware instal fails to find drivers

sorry i dont know why its not working.i would download them from the manufacturers website that way you will get the latest version of the driver.the ones on the disc will be out of date.

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Our network admin is currently trying to find the hardware configuration/specs of all the servers. Between looking at the General tab of the Properties box on My Computer and msinfo32.exe, I can get all the information that I need on XP and 2K machines.

Is there a way to get this information on a Windows NT machine?

Answer:How to Find Hardware Configuration Specs on an NT Machine?

techgirl05 said:

Our network admin is currently trying to find the hardware configuration/specs of all the servers. Between looking at the General tab of the Properties box on My Computer and msinfo32.exe, I can get all the information that I need on XP and 2K machines.

Is there a way to get this information on a Windows NT machine?Click to expand...

try getting it from dxdiag.exe

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I have 2 desktop computers at home (both Dell, Windows XP), and they WERE networking just fine. I reformatted the second one (went perfectly), but when I tried to reconnect the network, I got a message saying it couldn't find the network hardware. ?! I used the original CDs that came with the computer. I see that under "device drivers" there are some yellow question marks next to some items--I'm guessing there shouldn't be. But I don't know what those items are, and why they wouldn't be on the original disks. Can anyone clue me in? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Computer can't find network hardware

Go to Dell's website and download the correct device drivers for your specific machine. I would burn them on CD for later use also. But most likely that is the cause of your problem.

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Hi,Windows 7 -32bit3GB RAM500GB HDD Western Digital AAKS 7200RPMGame: Medal of Honor Allied Assault (a decade old FPS game with little requirements).GPU: Galaxy Nvidia 450 GTS (8 month old,75C temp under load,48C idle temp)PSU: 500W ocz500mxsp (1 year old)CPU: E6550 Core 2 Duo (35C idle temp,60C loaded)I've been playing in this particular multiplayer game server for 4 years and never had a problem.Always 50ms ping.They did not move their servers.Not a single other play is experiencing lag issues,just me.My ping is now anywhere between 150ms - 600ms.When my player doesn't move- the ping is low.When I move a lot and shoot- it goes high.The internet(router,ISP,modem) is not the issue.Played the game on another computer on local LAN with no problem.Speedtest and Pingtest show 10ms latency with 0% packet loss.25Mbps download speed.I re-installed the latest version 314 Nvidia drivers.I've also tried the driver from Galaxy's own website (version 306).I re-installed the game too.I re-installed the entire operating system from a scratch today and installed the drivers only(no other program,no antivirus) but that didn't help.I even changed the hard drive today.I checked RAM for errors and it came up clean.I still have the same high ping issue.Now I believe the problem is caused either by failing GPU or PSU but I need your help to find out which one causes it.Any program that I can use to find out which component is causing the mess?Thanks !!!

Answer:How can I find out which hardware component is causing lag in FPS gaming

That is a high ping. But is the ping test inside the game? Please explain. A ping test from the command line tells nothing about the GPU performance. Or even the game. So I sues you mean the game is reporting long ping.Did you say you do not have the issue with another PC?  If so, that implicates the motherboard, especially the south bridge, which is not replaceable. Do you overclock the motherboard in any way?

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Hi All,

I'm newbie to this forum.

I have a doubt regarding the system configuration or system properties modification.
Lets say for example i have changed the registry setting from i3 process 2.2 GHz to i7 processor 3.3 GHz and exporting the registry placing it in start-up file would always remain the same even if we restart the PC . Show i would be in problems if i need to buy any computer that's been used . I take lot of used machine to create my own lab . so i would like to know if the system configuration is genuine and not fake. Can anyone let me how to do that.

I know the software called CPU-Z is used to know the system configuration. Will that software help me to know the genuine hardware configuration even if it is faked?

Appreciate all your help

Sunil Kumar

Answer:How to find the fake hardware configurations modified in registry

Hi All,

Lets say for example if i change the computer properties from i3 processor to i7 processor with fake specs in the registry. It would show fake specs obviously. How ever if we restart the computer it would come back to normal properties. so what if if i export the changed settings and place in start-up files, so it always show the fake properties even if computer is restarted.

So now my question, Is there anyway to spot-out the fake computer specs. Since i buy lot of used computers to create my own lab. so i want to find if the used computer have genuine hardware configuration or not?

I heard the CPU-Z software also shows the system hardware specs. Does it talk to the hardware and show the original specs even it was faked?

Appreciate your answers & help

Sunil Kumar

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I uninstalled both my DVD drive and my CD drive and rebooted my computer, in device manager it says drivers were properly installed but cannot find the hardware (both drives). They have power, because they open and close...I do not know what to do...are both drives bad?   (using Windows XP, HP computer)

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how can i find out hardware revision number without opening the box?

Answer:Where can I find the Lumia 535 hardware revision number without opening the box?

But what is the problem. If you set it up it will be updated to the latest version

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Hi. I am having the same "Fan Error" issue that a lot of other posts on this forum have reported. I went through the lenovo service manuals and my model type is not listed. it's 2008-hc4.  I can find hcx for other models but not the 2008 series.So quick question. What fan assembly will I need if I want to replace the fan? The local lenovo folks are telling me to bring the machine to a service center and leave it there for up to a week as they can't quote parts immediately. which is odd. Thanks!


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Answer:T60p Fan Error. Can find model in hardware guides

Welcome to the forum!
Any heatsink listed as "discrete" in the HMM for T60/p will work in your machine.
Here's the configuration as it left the factory:
Based on 2008-8LA: T7200(2GHz), 1GB RAM, 120GB 5400rpm HD, 14.1in 1400x1050 LCD, 256MB ATI FireGL V5250, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11abg wireless, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader, 6c Li-Ion, WinXP Pro
41V9932 or 41W6407 are the FRU numbers that you're looking at. Given that you have a late model with a V5250 GPU and a C2D CPU, I'd suggest the latter heatsink, although the other one will work as well.
Good luck.

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I have a Zotac GT 610 2GB Synergy Edition graphics card. I have been trying to install my graphics card for quite some time now :/ When I open the installation driver, it says "nvidia graphics driver could not find compatible hardware". I cannot find my graphics card in the device manager. The only graphics card I can find is the inbuilt Intel graphics. Can someone help me install my driver? Thanks!

Answer:Nvidia graphics driver could not find compatible hardware

Should I uninstall my Intel driver?

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Suddenly my Sony handicam is seen as not having a driver. I go through the add/remove programs ( it is there!) and reload it. After reboot, Windows identifies New Hardware and opens New Hardware Wizzard. With Cd in drive, it starts searching and never stops or finds anything. I have done the procedure several times with (1) the original CD, (2) downloaded driver from the Sony website and saved to HD, and still no luck.
The Sony is connected via firewire and it reveals that the New hardware is a Sony Dv-VCR, so there is communication. The CD only has the USB driver and a program called Picture package. I have used the camera for this function, i.e downloading video many times, and as recently as 2 weeks ago. Why has the driver suddenly become unavailable, and why can't Windows find it?? WHat do I do to fix the problem. It appears to be a fault in Windows porcessing.:

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Hardware wizzard can't find driver

Hello grandpabj

Go to the link below

Scroll 2/3 way down page to
Installing the Driver update

Select "Install from a list of specific location (Advanced)"
Then ?Don't search. I will choose the driver to install? instructions and browse to either the CD or to where you stored the downloaded driver

I hope this helps

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Use Windows XP Home SP2. Motherboard/BIOS completely up to date. When I try to add any USB device the Find New Hardware Wizard flashes continually and devices are therefore not loaded. The only cure we found was going back to Windows XP SP1 without but everything then changes when upgrading again. Any help would be grateful - have searched internet continually and have found this fault on one site when says about c:\windows\inf file and fixing but do not know how to go about it at all.

Answer:Find New Hardware Wizard flashes adding usb device

click hereScroll down the page

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Does anyone know how I can disable the autodetect new hardware and auto search for drivers in windows XP pro?

I am trying to install my new TV tuner and the installation program keeps being interrupted by windows auto-features, chrashing my system....

could anyone help me out so i dont have to search for the feature myself?


Answer:Disable auto-find drivers/ autodetect new hardware in XP

I can't tell you how to disable this [email protected]#%$%%* function, however I was able to install my Creative drivers thus

Boot into safe mode F8
Delete driver
Insert your CD and
XP should ask you where to d/l driver from when you reboot. and send it to your CD.



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I follow normal procedures to obtain a floating license for an app, but I get the error: Cannot find Hardware ID. 
I seem to have verified that this error indicates that the client machine id (CMID) is the id that is not found. This is seen by running the below command in the Powershell screen:

The result is a blank where you expect to see the machine id. The error did say hardware id, but there is no machine id displayed when it should be.

How can this be corrected?  I would?ve done a system restore, but the oldest date available is after the problem was occurring.  
I'm not sure just how long this was occurring on my machine, but I did have some virus trouble a short while back, which I think is the likely cause. My machine seems good otherwise, Malwarewarebytes, McAfee cleaned me up. 

I downloaded MGADiag.exe, ran it, but the results look good to me, I don't identify any issues there. 
I'm posting a slightly shortened version of the report here.
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-MV8MH-98QJM-24367
Windows Product Key Hash: wgci5Gdejx4esg7++zTOe3LWF+4=
Windows Product ID: 00371-OEM-8992671-00437
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00... Read more

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I can't find Hardware Setup (Satellite A300-20F) for Windows XP in drivers download section.
Anyone have it? Please give me a link.

Sorry for my english, I'm form Poland :P

Answer:Re: Satellite A300-20F - Can't find Hardware Setup for Windows XP

Hi buddy,

You should download the Toshiba ?Utilities?. It seems that HWsetup is a part of it as you can read in description:
+This program lets you customize your hardware settings according to the way you work with your computer and the peripherals you use. To start the utility, click the Windows Start button and click Control Panel. In the Control Panel, select the TOSHIBA HW Setup icon.+

You can download it on official Toshiba page:

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I am using Idea Pad S10-3s, and same as most of the user, I want the computer to play 1080 movie smoothly, so I bought a Broadcom crystal HD BCM 70012.  However, after installed in the netbook in the PCI-e slot, it cannot detect the decoder.  Can anyone have any workable suggestion? I know that there is a thread for S10-3t here (, but it is too difficult for me to update the bios.  Besides, I am not sure if 3s and 3t has any difference and therefore I am not dare to update it.  Is there any easiler method or alternative products that can have the same fuction and easiler installation? Thank you very much.

Answer:Broadcom crystal HD BCM 70012 - Idea Pad S10-3s cannot find the new hardware. Help!!

It does not work with the S10-3.

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My problem seems to be in this catagory. I'm trying to install a new AG board. When I get to Hardware Wizard Search and Install options, I type in C:\Program (This is where I've downloaded drivers) an error msg. states that there is no device info in this location. I get the same response when I enter the file name. I've battled this driver problem for two days, from installation disk drivers not compatable, to not finding downloaded drivers.
Any solutions would be greatly recieved....Thanks, ezjim

Answer:Solved: New hardware wizard can't find driver files

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Hi all, until last night everything was ok. After I'd cleaned the computer and plugged everything back in windows decides it can't find drivers for any of my usb devices (keyboard, mouse, camera, gamepad, joystick).

When it finds them it says new hardware found. with 3 choices:
Locate and install driver
Ask me again later
Don't show this message again

So I click the first option, and it searches for drivers but...'Could not find driver software'. I then click 'Check online for a solution' with no luck.

These devices are so basic that the manufacturers don't supply drivers for the products; they should all be with the OS.

What can I do guys? I'm a keen photographer and not being able to upload my photos via the camera or card reader is a real issue for me.

By the way the above process happens for all the usb hardware I have except the printer, usb flash drive, mouse and keyboard (luckily!)

Answer:Vista can't find its hardware drivers, Most usb devices won't install

in the device manager click on view at the top and show hidden devices
then uninstall all usb listings
turn the computer off and unplug all usb
reboot twice and replug in usb

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My computer after a few years has got infected with spyware and my bro said that the best thing to do is re-install XP with one of my dad's XP CD's (he's on Vista now).

I have installed it, but obviously have no drivers. I have been on the HP website which has the 'HP Update' software update tool that I downloaded which should sort a few drivers out for me, I hope.

But the problem is HP Update requires internet connection, and I cannot connect to my wireless, even with an ethernet cable, because when I connect to my router it says 'wizard cannot find network hardware' so I need this network hardware, where is it??? HELP!

I went on hp and my bro told me its here:

But it doesn't work!!! HEEEELLPPPP!! Thank you very much!

PS: I have a HP DV2-1010ed with a Flextronics 3054 motherboard if that helps...

Answer:Re-Installed XP, No Driver CD, 'Wizard Cannot Find Network Hardware'?

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i reformated a friend pc... when i start up pc needs to find drivers for unknown device.. go to device manager and its listed under other drivers - unknown device.. ive been to the compaq site and dowloaded all drivers but nothing seems to work... any can i find what the device is...ect.... thanks for your help

ps.. there are no cd's with drivers that came with his pc...

Answer:compaq presario sr1834nx cant find drivers for hardware

Hi, try this


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Where can I find the correct mounting hardware for an old HD to install in a new Dell computer? The old HD was mounted horizontally. It looks like the Dell uses a vertical approach. Shouldn't this stuff be easy to find?? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Where find correct mounting hardware for old HD in new Dell computer

You can mount hard drives in any direction you like. Usually the only hardware you need to mount a HD is screws.

If you really need some brackets or rails to mount a hard drive in your new Dell then the Dell salesman is the man to approach.

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