I am in the process of reinstalling Windows 7 on an old laptop and after installation Im confronted with getting the required drivers in order for the laptop to work correctly (currently display is not working at full potential, wifi not working, keyboard hot keys dont work). I cant find the driver CDs for this laptop nor do the drivers provided by the laptop company(HP) on their website work (they get rejected saying this computer does not meet the minimum requirements). Therefore I was compelled to use a driver detection software like Driver Easy in order to get all the matching drivers downloaded.
My question is - how do driver detection software detect the required devices and download the necessary drivers ? How can I do this manually ? I mean if I can get to the point where I find that my wifi card is made by Atheros and the model number is ABC123, I could google for 'Atheros ABC123 wifi drivers' and get a link to website for the driver, can't I ?