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Unknown device in Device Manager

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    Unknown device in Device Manager


    My friend's fairly new computer has started showing an unknown device in Device Manager. The hardware id in properties shows USB\VID-08B1&PID_0018&REV_1501 I've tried to find this on the PCI Database website but have been unsuccessful, as has a Google search. Any ideas how to find out what this device is? Thanks

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    Most likely something that he is plugging into his computer USB port. Try this tool. USB.org - Tools
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    Which tool on that page are you referring to? They are a number of tools there, although none of them seem to say they can identify USB devices. Thanks
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    It could be a Fingerprint Sensor driver.
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    did you uninstall it and reboot computer to see if it remains in the list
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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    did you uninstall it and reboot computer to see if it remains in the list
    That's a good idea. But I just tried that and it returns.

    I've also tried letting Windows search for the driver, that does not work.

    BTW When the device id shows USB as the first three letters, does that imply that it is an external USB device?
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    The reason I am looking at drivers in the first place is that there is an odd graphics display issue going on and I wanted to see if the latest drivers are installed. Seeing this unknown device got me wondering if it may have anything to do with the display. There is an AMD video driver installed, but I've seen some computers lately with two video drivers installed. Is that only laptops that do that to save power, or could that also be the case on this desktop? The HP website shows AMD, Intel, and nvidia graphics drivers for this model.

    If this device is not a display adapter, then I'd just as soon ignore this for now.
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    I created a separate thread for the graphics display issue. I did not want to muck up this thread by posting those details here, since it is quite possible this unknown device is unrelated to that issue.
    https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...tml#post452493
    Last edited by Vincenzo; 30 Nov 2014 at 17:47.
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