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Windows 7: Safe Driver Dective type program?

09 Sep 2012   #1
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 
Safe Driver Dective type program?

I just purchased a sweet Alienware M51 Laptop, its OLD! 2004 and im having a problem finding what hardware is actually installed in it,, theres so mayn oprions on the alien ware website and it doesnt tell me what drivers i actually need,, mainly i need to get the graphics drivers and sound drivers. I called alienware (dell) and they couldnt help because it is so old. The computer runs sweet but has no sound and is using the standard VGA graphics.
I have only XP on it now but if i can get the right drivers i want to try an install of W7u on it.
So is there a Driver dective type program that will help me to find the correct drivers? Something with no Malware or viruses
I tried PC wizzard from CPUID and it wont run it just errors out, Speccy also but all it reads is that the VGA driver is what its using.
Any help would be much appreciated!!
Thanks!


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09 Sep 2012   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Here is the Alienware site for older, pre-Dell, systems. Maybe this will help you.

Alienware : The Ultimate Gaming Machine

Just remember that on SOME PC's there will not be 100% Vista/Windows 7 support.
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09 Sep 2012   #3
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Here is the Alienware site for older, pre-Dell, systems. Maybe this will help you.

Alienware : The Ultimate Gaming Machine

Just remember that on SOME PC's there will not be 100% Vista/Windows 7 support.
yeah thats the thing,,, go there and select XP >Motherboards>Alienware (which is what this board is) then the only item that shows is x2 7525 Dual Xeon which this laptop does NOT have,, same with graphics if you go there and select the graphics theres like 10 or 12 to choose from and i have no clue which ones to get,, i tried the radeon 9600/9700 drivers and i just get a blue screen after they are installed so thats obviously not whats in this PC .... See why im lost? does that make sense?
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09 Sep 2012   #4
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

Well i found one of those so called driver programs that i liked and felt safe with,, It says all drivers are up to date,, Ha! NOT!! its finding the VGA as the graphics drivers and the AC97 sound as the sound but i still have no sound or graphics drivers grrrrr! oh well ill wait and call alienware on monday maybe they will help once i get ahold of someone in the software department.
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09 Sep 2012   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The first thing I would do is run this from Microsoft.
Download: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
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12 Sep 2012   #6
Sentinel72

windows7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Im not a great fan of installing drivers unless they are needed,but i used drivermax which works very well and never caused any issues.
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12 Sep 2012   #7
TokiHacker

Window 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sentinel72 View Post
Im not a great fan of installing drivers unless they are needed,but i used drivermax which works very well and never caused any issues.
^^^^^agreed^^^^^
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12 Sep 2012   #8
Sentinel72

windows7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TokiHacker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sentinel72 View Post
Im not a great fan of installing drivers unless they are needed,but i used drivermax which works very well and never caused any issues.
^^^^^agreed^^^^^
WOW somebody actually agrees with me.!!..thank you lol.
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12 Sep 2012   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well Sentinel; I also agree with you. Unless I have a problem I leave my drivers alone. JRockZ is having problems.
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12 Sep 2012   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JRockZ View Post
I just purchased a sweet Alienware M51 Laptop, its OLD! 2004 and im having a problem finding what hardware is actually installed in it,, theres so mayn oprions on the alien ware website and it doesnt tell me what drivers i actually need,, mainly i need to get the graphics drivers and sound drivers. I called alienware (dell) and they couldnt help because it is so old. The computer runs sweet but has no sound and is using the standard VGA graphics.
I have only XP on it now but if i can get the right drivers i want to try an install of W7u on it.
So is there a Driver dective type program that will help me to find the correct drivers? Something with no Malware or viruses
I tried PC wizzard from CPUID and it wont run it just errors out, Speccy also but all it reads is that the VGA driver is what its using.
Any help would be much appreciated!!
Thanks!
The first thing we need is for you to use the link provided by LaybackBear in post #5.

Report back the results.
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