Drivers are the middleware that allow computer programs to use resources of a specific hardware device.

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How to diagnose Blue Screens in Windows 7 (64bit)

Using programs like WhoCrashed and BlueScreenView you can see the BSOD and the errors but how do you tell exactly what's causing the BSOD? I'm not sure if it because of bad hardware, bad driver ...
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Where should I find drivers for my laptop if it didn't come with a driver disk?

I had to reformat my machine because I had a virus. My machine did not come with a driver disk. How can I install drivers after having reinstalled windows?
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Automatic driver search & update on Windows?

I have a Dell laptop issued by my employer, and I always find it a real pain to search for, download and maintain their drivers. It baffles me that there does not seem to be a nice way (product, ...
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Play audio over network with Windows 7?

I have seen software for Linux systems that allows me to send the audio from one system to another over the network, is there such a software (a driver likely) for Windows, specificly XP but Vista and ...
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Bypassing “Found New Hardware Wizard” / Setting Windows to Install Drivers Automatically

My motherboard finally died after the better part of a decade, so I bought a used system. I put my old hard-drive and sound-card in the new system, and connected my old keyboard and mouse (the rest of ...
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How to find vendor and model of unknown drivers

I reinstalled windows on a new machine and the drivers are not present for the product network card. When in device manager all I get is the question mark and I am unable to figure out the actual ...
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Add Network Printer drivers in Windows 7/Server 2008 R2?

I'm running a 64 bit Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 workstation that I just installed. I need to add a printer that is shared on the network from a 32bit Windows 2000 print server. This is an HP ...
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Use an unsigned driver in Windows 7 x64

I'm trying to use the RBC9 SpaceNavigator TEST x64 build drivers for my SpaceNavigator 3d joystick so that it can work as a normal joystick in games like Quake. Unfortunately, I get the error "This ...
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What's the reason behind “Stereo Mix” becoming a missing option?

Several newer computers I've worked on (Dell, mainly) are using IDT or Realtek drivers which lack the Stereo Mix option in audio recording devices. I've tried all kinds of methods including ...
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How can I identify hardware components in a laptop?

I just reinstalled my Windows and now I don't have all the hardware components recognized. I have an laptop and website seems to have all the necessary drivers for my model. The problem is that I ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask for additional drivers when installing from a USB 3.0 drive?

I just bought a new config ( ASUS p8z68-v lx, i5-2500k + ram and new graphic card ). Coming back and installing it in my old computer, I just saw that my DVD player was on IDE (yup…). So, I needed to ...
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How can I disable my laptop's built-in keyboard in Windows 7?

I have a HP Compaq Presario C700 laptop with Windows 7 installed on it. My laptop's keyboard is not working properly; some keys never work and some keys will keep on pressing. I've formatted the OS ...
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Why should I install hardware drivers if my computer is working fine?

I've just installed Windows 7 on my PC. I went online to look for drivers. For my motherboard, Foxconn offers LAN drivers, on-board audio drivers, and chipset drivers. And for my graphics card, ...
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How to enable AHCI in Windows XP without reinstalling

This question is part of a larger list of things I'll need to do before installing a new SSD drive, but I think it deserves its own question. Current setup: A dual-boot machine with Windows XP ...
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What are the Requirements for Fullscreen Consoles in Windows 7?

When you try to switch a console to fullscreen in Windows 7, it gives the error This system does not support fullscreen mode. Of note is the part about “this system”, intimating that some systems do ...
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Compatibility of Linux with Samsung series 7 Chronos

I want to buy a Samsung Chronos notebook and install Ubuntu alongside Windows. Will there be any trouble with the hardware? I'd hope all the ports should work fine, keyboard special buttons, lights ...
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How do I go about backing up/saving installed device drivers in Windows 2000/XP?

I want to reinstall Windows 2000 on a machine which has some very obscure drivers. I don't much fancy having to hunt round for them (that's if I'm able to locate them at all). Is it possible to save ...
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Is it possible to use a 32-bit driver on 64-bit Windows 7?

I know it's not possible to install a 32-bit driver in the traditional way, but I really cannot find a 64-bit driver for my memory card reader. Is there anyway I can somehow use this device with a ...
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Turn Windows 7 desktop into grayscale

Is there a universal way to turn Windows 7 Aero desktop, all windows, etc into grayscale? I had an option to do this in Intel video drivers on my old laptop, now I have NVIDIA and don't know how to ...
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Which driver do I need to install in order to dim screen on Dell

I have reinstalled Win 7 on my Dell Precision M4600 and I installed the chipset (restarted) then video and network driver (in that order). However I am not able to dim the light using fn-up/down. ...
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Cannot find ECS 945GCT drivers [duplicate]

I reinstalled windows xp sp3 In device manager I have two yellow marks: - PCI Simple Communication Controller - SM Bus Controller CPU-Z says my MB is ECS 945GCT-M2 chipset i945G. I visited so many ...
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How to mount read-write an ext4 partition on Windows?

I want to use ext4 on my external HDD, but it must be cross-platform. (At least Linux, Win7 & WinXP). Unfortunately, I haven't found any proper driver allowing Windows to WRITE to ext4. I've ...
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Best drivers backup (and maybe update) software [closed]

What are best drivers backup (and maybe update) software? Some of this software do not seem to be good enough to trust...
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Windows 7 x64 support for Intel GMA 3650 (or GMA 3600)

I recently purchased an Intel D2700 MUD motherboard and I cannot find drivers for the Win7 x64 integrated graphics (Intel GMA 3650 aka PowerVR sgs545). The accompanying CD contains Win7 x32 version ...
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Using keyboard disables touchpad left button for a second on Acer laptop in Windows 8.1

The problem is present in the whole system not only in games: desktop, chrome, games, everywhere. When I press any "input key" on a keyboard for example in desktop I can't select the file by left ...
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I installed Windows, and one of my devices isn't working

So I just installed Windows from a retail disc, everything is running nice and fast. But I noticed something I had not (but I should have) expected: One of my devices isn't working, but what's worse, ...
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How can I backup my windows XP drivers?

I've got a new (well, used) laptop. I wish to format and reinstall the windows OS on it. On the machine I've got several drivers which I would like to transport to the new machine, but I don't have ...
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Video drivers for VAIO on Windows 7

So, ive just installed Windows 7 on my Sony VAIO vgn-sz5xn. Problem is that I cant find drivers for my graphics card - NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPU Tried latest driver found on ...
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Updating Dell Vostro 3700 (Nvidia GeForce GT330M) display driver? [closed]

I've bought this laptop "Dell Vostro 3700", having inside an Intel integrated graphic card and an Nvidia GeForce GT330M. Depending on energy saving mode it switches between the two video cards. When ...
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Upgrading motherboard without reloading OS

This question is an offshoot of soemthing I asked earlier: Disable "Auto Restart after BSOD" from Command Line Is there a way to wipe out current motherboard drivers on the HD so that you ...
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When installing additional printer 32-bit drivers fails on Windows 7 64-bit I get the error “Selected printer driver not found”, what should I do?

I've successfully installed Windows 7 (x64) and drivers for my Canon MP510, and have no problem printing with this setup. There is another PC in the network running XP SP3, and I want to share the ...
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Apple Magic Mouse scrolling in Ubuntu 9.10

Just received new Apple Magic Mouse and tried to install it on my computer with Ubuntu 9.10. Mouse was found as Bluetooth mouse, I entered PIN as 0000 (could not find it in user manual, so just ...
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Windows cannot enter very low-res video mode with modern graphics cards/drivers

NEW! I was trying to post here yesterday, but it kept giving me an error. I have discovered that it actually is not using DirectX at all, but GDI or whatever is the non-DX graphics in Windows (not ...
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should you install specific drivers from your motherboard / video card manufacturer, or let Windows do the job? [duplicate]

I have a computer which is working fine after a windows re-install. However, I did not install any drivers at all, they seem to have been installed via Windows Update. Back then, I remember I had to ...
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Virtual audio driver for Windows?

Is there any (possibly free or open-source) virtual WDM audio driver for Windows, with additional processing plugins, which would add one more layer between windows applications and actual sound ...
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Any solution appeared to fix win 8.1 drivers disaster? (keyboard stopped to work)

Win 8.1 never stops to impress me. This is already third time such disaster happened to me. Before that I was using system refresh to "reinstall" windows, but I tired :/ Ok, the problem... my ps/2 ...
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SATA drives or chipset throwing DRDY ERR and ICRC ABRT

I have an SD-VIA-1A2S PCI card with 2 sata ports (and one ATA-133 that isn't used). Two new Western Digital Caviar Green drives (WD10EARS 1TB) throw repeated errors in kern.log (removed ...
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Is there any point in installing a monitor driver?

I'm guessing that most of the world's PCs are running with a default "Plug & Play Monitor" driver which seems to work well enough, and having just swapped to a 2005FPW, installed the driver and ...
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Will Windows Update find chipset drivers?

Does Windows Update in Windows 7 find and install chipset drivers? It will automatically find newer versions of video and audio drivers, etc., but will it do the same for chipset updates?
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Enable/disable Windows 7 device via command line

I have a device that I often enable and disable using the Device Manager. I'd like to write a script to do this programmatically (that is, using the command line). I saw a program called devcon that ...
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Detecting hardware and installing drivers in Windows XP

I have on my desk a computer that I am reinstalling. I have just completed the Windows XP install , which is professional service pack 3. I have also installed an AV package. Now it is time to ...
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Changing from RAID to AHCI and Windows 7 will not boot

I had a RAID0 array that for all intents and purposes went to hell. I put a new SSD (same on-board Intel controller) and installed a new copy of Windows on it and all the drivers (Intel Rapid Storage, ...
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Is there a utility or a method to easily determine what an “unknown device” is in Device Manager? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: identify components at laptops Is there a utility or a method to easily determine what an "unknown device" is in Device Manager? I recently reinstalled Windows on a ...
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Downmix surround to Dolby Pro-Logic at the OS/driver level in Windows 7?

First off, I'm talking about Dolby Pro-Logic, a really old tech for encoding 4 audio channels (L/R/C/SR) into two analog outputs, and then extracting them again. It was used in surround sound systems ...
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How to print documents to pictures (gif, bmp etc.) on windows

What is the easiest way to capture the printout of a document in a picture (i.e. GIF, BMP etc.)? Making a screenshot does not help, since the printout is different and larger than the screen. Is there ...
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Force driver update on a mobility radeon graphic

This is a tricky one. It is related to users with laptop from Sony or Toshiba with an ATI Radeon card (in my case mobility radeon HD 4650) with windows 7. Sometimes you may want newer driver for your ...
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Automatically Find Driver Updates?

I use Windows Update and rarely, it will say there is a driver update. More often than not, I need to manually visit the website for the maker of each component and download updated drivers for each. ...
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What are some specific audio / sound card / driver setups that still allow you to “record what you hear”?

The ability to record what you hear, aka recording "Stereo Mix", is something that is fading away. I thought there was nothing to it, based on how many people make YouTube videos of themselves ...
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Driver for writing to UDF partitions from Windows XP?

I'm considering using an UDF partition to share data between Windows XP, 7, and Linux. It's more efficient than FAT32, and avoids the 4GB max file size limit. I've found it will also work with Mac OS ...
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Windows: how to install driver from recovery command prompt?

I'm trying to enable Intel SRT on my laptop. To do this, I need to change SATA controller mode from AHCI to RAID. The problem is that windows has no drivers for RAID and I can't install it while ...