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With Windows if a driver is not installed the device will show up in Device Manager with a generic device description, for example

Ethernet Controller

instead of the proper description

Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)

when you open the properties page, you can find the Hardware ID

The drivers for this device are not installed.
Hardware Id
PCI\VEN_1969&DEV_2062&CC_0200

I am looking for a reliable way to get the proper device description from the Hardware ID. I visit pcidatabase.com from time to time but I am interested in other options as well.

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lspci from a Linux live CD is a pretty good choice. Also lshw. –  0xC0000022L Feb 16 '13 at 1:06
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I found that if you search for the SUBSYS value as well it can help narrow the results

PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9808&SUBSYS_2AE4103C

driveridentifier.com will give you a link like this

http://www3.driveridentifier.com/scan/download_file.php?url=ftp%3A%2F%2Fftp.hp.com%2Fpub%2Fsoftpaq%2Fsp58501-59000%2Fsp58613.exe&hardware_id=&driver_inf_file_id=1205687&scanid=AA32232AEBAB4E42A33BB6357B5DFF26

If you click it, they want you to register. However you can decode the URL to get a direct link

ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp58501-59000/sp58613.exe

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