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Identify Unknown Hardware Using Hardware IDs

, 1 Jan 2012
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Use the Hardware ID to determine product information
I don't know about the rest of you, but how many times have you done a re-install or upgrade the OS on a fresh install, and found components of you system reporting "Unknown Device" in the device manager?
 
You are left wondering what they are, and scratch around looking for the possibly driver CD that you have misplaced somewhere?
 
In device manager, clicking on properties of the unknown device and inspect the Hardware ID will reveal the info you require.
 
For example, on my laptop I have a device that shows in the Hardware ID;
USB\VID_138A&PID_0001&REV_0372
     ^        ^
     |        |
     |        VFS201 Fingerprint Scanner
     Validity Sensors
 
Using this site; http://www.pcidatabase.com/index.php[^],search for Vendor ID: 138A and then click on Product ID: 0001 to find out the product.
 
From this info you can then visit the vendor site, or search for compatible drivers via Google, or from perhaps the manufacturer of you laptop/computer etc.
 
On the site listed above, there are links to other useful tools and sites, and there is also a guide available here;
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-unknown-device-drivers-by-their-vendor-device-id/[^]

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DaveAuld
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I have been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 20 years now.
 
Core Discipline is Instrumentation and Control Systems.
 
Completed Bsc Honours Degree (B29 in Computing) with the Open University in 2012.
 
Currently, Offshore Installation Manager for the Beryl Bravo platform, which is located ~180 miles NE of Aberdeen, Scotland in the Northern North Sea.
Formely on the Forties Charlie platform, which is located ~110Miles NE of Aberdeen.
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SuggestionMessage Automatically Removed Pinmemberkamleshgs15-May-14 6:54 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmvpMichael Haephrati15-Aug-13 8:13 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 very useful! Pinmemberbeginner201111-Jan-12 17:04 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 I always enjoy the short but practic... PinmemberJan Zumwalt11-Jan-12 12:39 
GeneralAh, I've often run into this in the past. Thanks for the st... Pinmemberluke_g10-Jan-12 0:39 
Ah, I've often run into this in the past. Thanks for the straight-forward synopsis! 5!
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Thanks Dave PinmentorTom Clement2-Jan-12 7:02 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 What I have always wanted to know! PinmemberBostjan Gajsler2-Jan-12 2:56 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Useful information. Thank you. Pinmemberrctaubert2-Jan-12 2:17 

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