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Windows 7: How to know what drivers you will need for clean install.

04 Aug 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Wireless driver is to connect to internet wirelessly via a router.

Is this how you connect to the internet? If so I'd go to HP Support Downloads webpage for your model computer and put that LAN wireless driver on flash stick or CD just in case it isn't supplied by installer - which it should be.


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05 Aug 2011   #12
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You also have the Broadcom LAN (wireless) which should be in the installer.

Is this how you connect, via wireless?
Yes, and thank you.
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05 Aug 2011   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

W7 is great for automatic driver download but I think for graphics card drivers (eg.Nvidia) you are best downloading from the manufacturers website. I've been caught before.

Aside: Re- your wireless LAN. Make sure it's secure or you might get people freeloading your internet service.
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05 Aug 2011   #14
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
W7 is great for automatic driver download but I think for graphics card drivers (eg.Nvidia) you are best downloading from the manufacturers website. I've been caught before.
Can I do this -post install if I have trouble? Won't windows have at least something generic that will work enough till I change it.?
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05 Aug 2011   #15
theog

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I would download graphics card drivers & network card drivers before hand.
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05 Aug 2011   #16
ariel5345

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would download graphics card drivers & network card drivers before hand.
Ok.. I will.. Thanks. Now do i download the one that Hp has on file for my system that is up and working presently with my Vista Os. Or do I go directly to the manufactorers website and get the most recent one?
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05 Aug 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

I'd start with the ones on the HP webpage for your model, but don't use them if the installer and/or Updates provides newer drivers.

Later you can compare these to the device manufacturer's drivers if performance dictates doing so.
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05 Aug 2011   #18
ariel5345

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Thanks Gregrocker!
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07 Aug 2011   #19
ariel5345

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I want to thanks you guys again for all your help. I was over worried. Heck who isn't thier first time around? 7 is installed and running. I have a couple of driver issue and have spent 5 hours on this and hoped you could help.
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In windows update these are the only two fails.
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I ran driver scan and here is the results
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As you can see some of them are the same driver broken down.
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I have read the other posts about coprocesors and It seems that there are many coprocessors on any one system. So what am I looking for. I googled the number on the driver scan report and get nothing.


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07 Aug 2011   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it is your computer, you pretty much should know what hardware is inside it. If not, you should know model numbers and brand so you can look it up on the appropriate website, Dell, HP, etc. I see a lot of people recommend software to find out your hardware, but between materials you were given with the machine when you bought it, or Device Manager, you can see everything you need to see.

When I take someone out to buy a computer, like a family member, I can walk up to it, open Device Manager, and see everything I need to see. If not, then the box should give a list of all the important hardware.
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