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PCI-Z, freeware tool for detecting unknown PCI devics

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    Windows 7

    PCI-Z, freeware tool for detecting unknown PCI devics


    Greetings to all,

    I am the author of PCI-Z, freeware lightweight system utility designed to provide information about (unknown) PCI (plus PCI-E aka PCIe, PCI-X...) devices and helps you find appropriate device drivers.

    PCI-Z is designed for detecting unknown hardware on your Windows based PC. It will help you determine vendor, device and certain details about device even if you don't have drivers installed. Software uses The PCI ID Repository, a public repository of all known ID's used in PCI devices: ID's of vendors, devices, subsystems and device classes. It is used in various programs (e.g. The PCI Utilities) to display full human-readable names instead of cryptic numeric codes.

    You can find drivers for your operating system without a problem! Find drivers for your WiFi cards, audio cards, network cards or any other PCI peripheral.

    So, basically, it pretty much resembles lspci on *nix, while providing both GUI and CLI.

    The author of CPU-Z has granted me permission to use a name similar to his product. Thanks Franck!

    So, to sum it up, software if 100% portable freeware without any malware/adware, site is also ad free and I hope you will enjoy and find this little tool useful.

    PCI-Z detect unknown PCI devices

    In addition, I hope I haven't missed the appropriate forum if there is such. Generally, I would much appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have!

    With my best,

    Bruno

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    Used it few times but didn't get much out of it, if there would be some program for non-Plug and Pray devices, that would be something.
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    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Used it few times but didn't get much out of it, if there would be some program for non-Plug and Pray devices, that would be something.
    I also tried it but I'm guessing the real benefit may be realized "only" when one does have an unidentified device. However, lacking that presumed requirement, I could not make an appropriate evaluation.

    @bbanelli: Hello Bruno. Any chance you could provide a few screenshots of a specific case where one does have an unidentified (unknown) device and how your program helps to specifically identify it?
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    Unidentified P&P devices show HWId in device manager and googling it usually produce results.
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    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Unidentified P&P devices show HWId in device manager and googling it usually produce results.
    I already know how to find them manually but thanks for the tip. I was just interested in seeing how the OPs software might help eliminate the need to do it manually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringUpdate View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Unidentified P&P devices show HWId in device manager and googling it usually produce results.
    I already know how to find them manually but thanks for the tip. I was just interested in seeing how the OPs software might help eliminate the need to do it manually.
    All I meant is that there's no need for any programs to find that.
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    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SpringUpdate View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Unidentified P&P devices show HWId in device manager and googling it usually produce results.
    I already know how to find them manually but thanks for the tip. I was just interested in seeing how the OPs software might help eliminate the need to do it manually.
    All I meant is that there's no need for any programs to find that.
    I understood your intent but I think there is a great need for something like that (if it works) because many "average" users just don't have a clue on how to proceed once they encounter an unidentified device. This could make things easier for them IMHO.
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    Those "average users" usually call me about midnight. LOL.
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    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro


    Well, if any of your incoming midnight calls are originating from within the USA, those individuals must be loaded with cash! I think AT&T is currently charging about $0.60 per minute to make a call to your neck of the woods so I'm hoping you have your individual fixes "scripted" to minimize the toll charges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringUpdate View Post
    Well, if any of your incoming midnight calls are originating from within the USA, those individuals must be loaded with cash! I think AT&T is currently charging about $0.60 per minute to make a call to your neck of the woods so I'm hoping you have your individual fixes "scripted" to minimize the toll charges.
    No, just local friends and relatives, usual freeloaders !!!
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