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Old 10-06-2010, 05:25 AM
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Earlier today I got an old Gateway ESX E4000 tower built in 2003 that a customer wanted a N&P done (Win XP Pro). There was no recovery partition and she couldn't find the CDs, so I did a normal OEM XP install and set about locating the drivers individually (video, audio, ethernet, etc). I had done an Everest report before the rebuild so I knew what the devices were originally.

Armed with PC's model and s/n, I went to the Gateway site. But it didn't recognize the PC, in fact, it didn't even have a listing for an E4000 at all! Not only were there no drivers available, there was no way to order a set of recovery CDs.

After about 2 hours and numerous searchs of Google & various manufacturer's sites, Device Manager is now clean. But what a chore!

What is everybody using as a best source (free or paid) for drivers? I saw DriverPacks mentioned in another TN post, but that appears to be for creating installation images, not for installing a specific driver.

There must be a thousand "we got your driver" sites out there, but most of them seem untrustworthy at best.

Looking for suggestions.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:28 AM
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Google double driver, its a small utility that can backu all drivers on a system bfore a nuke and pave. Only thing I noticed about using it was after restoring the drivers to a clean install the sound card was not selected within the sound configuration so you have to manually go in an adjust that.

Heard about it here - saves me a lot of time
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:32 AM
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No, driverpacks is not just for creating installation images.

I use driverpacks if I'm working with a Windows XP machine. I had 99% chance of locating a missing driver using driverpacks.

I don't have that big of a success with Vista though.

When working with Windows 7, I just use the automatic update feature of 7
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:48 AM
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+1 for DoubleDriver

And if I still have missing drivers, I get the VEN & DEV ID's from device manager, then go to http://www.pcidatabase.com for info on what driver you need.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:38 AM
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I know this isn't pretty .. but its a script I wrote ages ago for Double Driver

Code:
@ECHO Off
if exist "DrvBackLogFile.txt" (del DrvBackLogFile.txt) > nul
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%A IN ('DATE/T') DO FOR %%B IN (%%A) DO SET Today=%%B
FOR /F "tokens=1-3 delims=/-" %%A IN ("%Today%") DO (
    SET Month=%%A
    SET Day=%%B
    SET Year=%%C
)
    IF %Month%==01 SET MonthName="January"
    IF %Month%==02 SET MonthName="February"
    IF %Month%==03 SET MonthName="March"
    IF %Month%==04 SET MonthName="April"
    IF %Month%==05 SET MonthName="May"
    IF %Month%==06 SET MonthName="June"
    IF %Month%==07 SET MonthName="July"
    IF %Month%==08 SET MonthName="August"
    IF %Month%==09 SET MonthName="September"
    IF %Month%==10 SET MonthName="October"
    IF %Month%==11 SET MonthName="November"
    IF %Month%==12 SET MonthName="December"
set bkuppath=%CD%
echo.
echo Backing up %computername% drivers..
echo Please wait ..
echo.
@ping 127.0.0.1 -n 3 -w 10 > nul 
 if not exist "%systemdrive%\Drivers" mkdir "%systemdrive%\Drivers"
 Apps\DrvBK2\DrvBK.exe MODE="BACKUP" BKPATH="C:\Drivers\" BKDESC="%MonthName% %Year% Backup" BKFILE="Backup %Month%%Day%%Year% su %COMPUTERNAME%.bki" BKPATHFTM="Drivers %COMPUTERNAME%_%Month%%Day%%Year%"  OPT="AL"
xcopy C:\Drivers "Backup\Drivers" /y /s > nul
GOTO :end
:end
echo Script is Done
echo.
@ping 127.0.0.1 -n 3 -w 10 > nul 
echo Returning to menu ..
@ping 127.0.0.1 -n 3 -w 10 > nul 
:eof
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for the pointer to Double Driver. Played with it a bit -- looks like it would have saved me a BUNCH of time! I especially like that it will work with a non-bootable system.

@edmar - I'll have to go back and re-visit DriverPacks, didn't realize it could be used for an individual driver install.
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+1 for DoubleDriver

And if I still have missing drivers, I get the VEN & DEV ID's from device manager, then go to http://www.pcidatabase.com for info on what driver you need.
Exactly what I use. msinfo32 for the dev and ven
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No, driverpacks is not just for creating installation images.

I use driverpacks if I'm working with a Windows XP machine. I had 99% chance of locating a missing driver using driverpacks.

I don't have that big of a success with Vista though.

When working with Windows 7, I just use the automatic update feature of 7
I've seen ppl talk about driver packs a bunch. I've dl'd them and yet have no idea how to actually use them. How can I tell what driver is for what?
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Personally I would be vary wary of installing the original drivers back into the system, after a n&p, as virus(s) can be very ripe in them.

If I require a driver, which is not available on the manu's site, as above, I use www.driveragent.com

It can cost a bit, depending on how often you use it, but I've personally found it a godsend.

All the drivers are listed there, complete with direct downloads. Even if a pc has the driver installed, it will tell you if there is a updated one available.
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I've used Drivermax with good success.
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