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Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?

I've inherited an old PC from my girlfriend's dad and when setting up the printer I got a bit of a surprise: Two questions spring to mind here: Why does Windows think my wireless keyboard is a ...
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Need help understanding network interfaces on my machine

I do not understand why wireshark and the device list on my computer do not show the same set of network interfaces. Also, I am not even sure what some of the interfaces are. Here are the reports: ...
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Utility (Win 2000) to extract system details (for comparison against other systems) [closed]

Utility for Windows 2000 that can extract the list of installed hardware (inc. model numbers etc) as well as configuration items. I have about 25 Windows 2000 systems and a new device connected to ...
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Why does my netbook have more USB controllers than ports?

My netbook has three USB ports, but when I look in the device manager: Five are listed. Does this matter in the least (or, why are five listed)? The reason I bring this up: See, if I know that ...
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Windows 7 driver search woefully slow

Any thoughts on why the driver search (when installing a usb device) on windows 7 is woefully slow? Even when I click to disable trying to get a driver from windows update, it still takes 10min+ to ...
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How to hide a HDD from device manager?

I somehow managed to "hide" one of my SATA HDDs from XP's device manager. No yellow signs or anything and it does not work. BIOS can still see it however. On Linux, its partitions still work as ...
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Windows 7 driver connecting to a device over ethernet blocking the device manager

First of all, I know that I cannot get a proper answer to my problem, but I am looking for ways to start debugging it and/or maybe check some Windows process on being stuck or running faulty. I am ...
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How to tell if my sound card is listed in Device Manager?

The sound on my computer suddenly stopped working. When I check Sounds and Audio Devices in the Control Panel, I get "No Audio Device" with everything grayed out. When I check the Device Manager under ...
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How does Windows categorize devices in “Device Manager”?

How does Windows determine device categorization in "Device Manager"? For instance, Device Manager lists such categories as "Imaging devices", "Keyboards", "Sound, video, and game controllers", etc. ...
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What to do when Windows doesn't recognize a component

My motherboard, (Asus P8Z68-V PRO), has Bluetooth built in, but for some reason Windows 7 64-bit will not recognize it. By this I mean it doesn't even show up in the Device Manager as a yellow ...
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What exactly are device drivers and INF files?

I know that a device driver is a piece of software that enables the OS to communicate with a piece of hardware, but recently I've heard about INF files and have gotten quite confused. Some sources say ...
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Finding a device given a physical device object name

I have a physical device object name, e.g. "\Device\0000007c". In Windows 7, how do I find what device corresponds to that ID short of going through every device in my system in Device Manager, one ...
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Ubuntu semi-permanently disabled Bluetooth (and freaked me out)

A couple of months ago, I disabled my Bluetooth device from inside Ubuntu 10 (I forget which version specifically). I then rebooted into Windows, only to find that the icon was gone. Curious, I went ...
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Possible to copy property information in Device Manager?

In Windows 7 "Device Manager", is it possible to copy a device's property details (other than manually transcribing)? If not, where are these properties and values stored? Perhaps I can go straight ...
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Identify an unidentified device in windows 7 without opening up the computer? [duplicate]

If I go to Device Manager and click on the device I am trying to connect, the device properties does not always (almost never) list the actual device name and model. Is there any way to identify ...
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Is it possible to toggle disabled/enabled devices from Command Line, simlar to Device Manager?

I like to play Fallout 3 which is very buggy normally, and even more so once I've added some mods. Needless to say, it crashes a lot. I can deal with the crashes, the only problem is when it does my ...
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Removable USB HDD gets labelled as VMWare USB Device!!? How to fix?

I have a Western Digital 500GB External USB drive. Everytime I plug it in, one of my Win7 PCs label it as "VMWare USB Device" The same name appears under Devices and Printers. Device Manager and most ...
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Disconnected device still visible in /dev

When my Bluetooth GPS logger disconnects it's removed from the Bluetooth devices list in the statusbar on OS X but I can still see it mapped in /dev: ls /dev/tty\.* > /dev/tty.GPSDEVICE-SPPslave ...
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How to disable Microsoft eHome MCIR Keyboard and company?

I'm an unlucky owner of and Acer 7720G laptop which, like many in its category, has receiver for a proprietary infrared remote control device (which I did not receive with my laptop!) . Now my ...
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Disable Microsoft ehome IR Transceiver in Windows 7

I need to disable the IR receiver device on my Fujitsu Amilo xi3650 laptop. Its running Windows 7 Pro. Its picking up IR signals intended for a separate HTPC running Windows 7 HP. In device manager ...
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Cannot uninstall devices from Device Manager

Today I started having some problems with my Huawei 3G modem. Namely it didn't detect it anymore, I tried uninstallign and reinstallign the software but no help so I decided to have a go at Device ...
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Fastest way to bluetooth tether a phone in Windows 8

As a web developer, connecting my laptop computer to the internet via bluetooth with my iphone is something I do several times a day. Is there an easy way to do this in Windows 8 that I'm missing? It ...
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Portable device driver has exclamation mark after every PC reboot - until I reinstall the same driver

Problem description I need some advice with a tough PC driver problem. I have an exotic smartphone (Hero H2000+) which isn't recognized/shown as portable device in Explorer when I plug it into my PC. ...
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How can I find out which processes on my computer are accessing the microphone?

After reading this interesting Lifehacker post and reading the comments on the page, one person was wondering if it would be possible to use the Physical Device Object Names of other hardware such as ...
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Communications Port (COM3) not working - Dell Vostro 3500 - Windows 7

I seem to be unable to get the COM3 port to work on my Dell Vostro 3500 laptop. I am trying to work with the Arduino application, which requires COM3 to work. The laptop has recently had a clean ...
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Resetting Windows drivers

Is there a way to "start over" with all the drivers on Windows 7? I've been having trouble for days now trying to install drivers for my Android devices. I keep getting "Access is denied" error, ...
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What's this number under “power capabilities” in “power data” for a device?

I would like to understand what the number 00000009 means in the picture. I mean, I understand that the things under it can say all kind of thins about power capabilities, and I've even been able to ...
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Find Physical Device Object from Bug Check Message

My machine crashed. The bug check was this: The bugcheck was: 0x0000009f (0x0000000000000003, 0xffffe00000fca060, 0xffffd000201a5840, 0xffffe000014d3b60). I searched for 0x9f and quickly located ...
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Viewing printer properties in Windows 8?

I recently upgraded to windows 8 but noticed that there is no longer a Device Manager application, thus no way for me to view the status of my devices. After a couple of minutes of playing around I ...
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hyper-v network switch error 37 in device manager

I have installed windows 8.1 pro x64 on my HP G62-b29sl (Notebook) : Cpu: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 370 @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz Ram: 8,00 GB HDD: 500G B I'm trying to install windows phone sdk 8,but when ...
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What is “HID Keyboard Device” in Device Manager (Win 7)

I see "HID Keyboard Device" listed twice under "Keyboards" listing in the Device Manager. What do they mean? Do they represent the laptop keyboard? Why are there two of them? Windows 7 64-bit Dell ...
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Several devices in Device Manager have Code 3 error

One of our users' machines (Dell Optiplex 380 running Windows 7 32-bit) is having a weird driver issue. A bunch of devices have Error Code 3: The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your ...
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What means a blue question mark in Vista/Windows 7 Device Manager

In Windows Vista/7, a small blue question mark on a white background is overlaid on a device icon in my Device Manager. What does it means? The properties dialog says "this device is working properly" ...
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Print driver installs failing

All of the Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise machines in my organization are failing to install a good number of printer drivers that previously installed without issue. This only happens with printer ...
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How do I determine what device drivers I need from command line?

I need network access from a device running WinPE, but I don't believe that the WinPE image has the correct network drivers. Is there a way to figure out what drivers I need from the command line? I ...
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USB Ports Not Working

None of the USB ports work anymore on my HP EliteBook 2540p laptop which is running Windows 7 Pro SP1. By "not working," I mean if I try plugging in a thumbdrive or external HDD it does nothing ...
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Kinect for Windows Runtime and Device drivers

What is the relationship between the "Kinect for Windows Runtime" (latex is v1.8 in Download Center) and the Kinect for Windows Device Drivers viewable in the Device Manager? Are the Device drivers ...
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Vista Device Manager can't open

I am trying to access the device manager from the control panel, and I am getting this error from the MMC window: MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in may not have installed correctly ...
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circumstances where software change leads to device damage [duplicate]

Recently I changed a friend's OS from a really virus filled windows 7 to Ubuntu ..but kept changing os's because lsusb wouldn't detect the camera.But after coming back to windows, the camera wasn't ...
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Windows 7 x64 is not installing driver for Das Keyboard

This is the Professional Model S. No need for drivers as it's plug and play, according to company. Here is what I have done up to now: Windows 7 x64 tries to install drivers but fails. ...
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how to remove obsolete device and network entries? Device manager “uninstall” option has no effect

I am trying to remove a few "obsolete" things which annoy me (because I like to have everything cleen, working and not interferring with each other, fresh, etc..). I tried looking for solutions ...
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How to find last-added USB device in Windows?

Is there a way to find the last-added USB device in Windows (perhaps something like "dmesg" for Windows)? I'm plugging the USB device in, and it makes the sound of connection, but when I check ...
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A device repeatedly connects and disconnects when I first start my computer? How can I monitor this to see which device is doing this?

First I suspected that it was a USB device, but I then unplugged all the USB devices(excluding the keyboard and mouse) and it still made the device connect/disconnect sounds repeatedly. I know it ...
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I have “unknown PCI device” in Windows 7 device manager. What can it be?

I have just performed a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on my lenovo e330 laptop. I managed to successfully download and install most of its drivers, but still, a "PCI Device" ...
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How to know if my mouse is installed?

I caught a cab to work this morning and I'm not sure if i left my mouse inside. I can remote into my home machine from work but I'm not sure how to ascertain whether my mouse is still plugged in. I ...
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Change Windows 7 Device Manager icons

I'm looking for an easy way to manually change my Windows 7 Device Manager device icons. I've tried allowing Windows to manually download hi-res icons, but it seems to only update them when and if it ...
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Program that allows me to manage several computers remotely? (Similar to Soluto)? [closed]

I hope this question is acceptable to ask here on superuser. My eyes have just been open to the website application "Soluto", in which you can monitor and manage several (1 to 200) devices (Windows, ...
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After Win XP re-install, LAN/WLAN and audio drivers are not installed [duplicate]

recently all of a sudden, our Dell laptop stopped working properly: - USB ports stopped working - LAN and WLAN stopped working - the system got really slow for a while (meaning during a few sessions ...
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Why do some drivers show up in device manager and others don't?

Can anyone tell me why some installed drivers (ones that are usually installed with software that they use) show up in the device manager and others do not? Does this have to do with kernel mode ...
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How do I get Windows 7 to recognize my second graphics card?

Really hope someone can help-- I recently purchased a second EVGA Geforce 660 to run in SLI mode on my PC, but no matter what, I can't seem to get the PC to recognize it. My Specs: (2) EVGA ...