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canada

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#1
hi guys i'm quite new on being my own technician so i would like to ask some questions.
i bought myself a second hand PC that's basically not worth anything (indeed i paid pennies 20 bucks), so i decided to reformat it and put up win' 8.1, now i'm stuck with the drivers some drivers are missing and i have no clue what i need to do. so now to my questions
1. how do i check which hardware i have to know which drivers i need.
2.how do i find the right drivers for the right hardware.
sorry for these stupid questions but some how i need to learn this;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4xxx @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P85-D3
    Memory
    8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 797MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    L22T-7 LED on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 pixels
    Hard Drives
    WD 1 TB
    SSD 120 GB
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    Microsoft Desktop 2000
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broe23

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#2
Download Speccy from Speccy - System Information - Free Download. If there is no Yellow ! in Device manager. Then you know all of the proper drivers have been installed. As for finding the correct drivers. If the computer was built from a company like Dell, HP/Compaq. You would just go to the support site for the OEM company that built the computer and download the latest drivers if Windows has not. But most likely the latest drivers have already been updated, if the computer has been allowed to connect to Windows/Microsoft update and download/install them.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.
canada

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#3
Download Speccy from Speccy - System Information - Free Download. If there is no Yellow ! in Device manager. Then you know all of the proper drivers have been installed. As for finding the correct drivers. If the computer was built from a company like Dell, HP/Compaq. You would just go to the support site for the OEM company that built the computer and download the latest drivers if Windows has not. But most likely the latest drivers have already been updated, if the computer has been allowed to connect to Windows/Microsoft update and download/install them.
thanks for the reply
but what should i do
1.if the PC is not straight out of a company like lets say the graphics card i upgraded myself what should i do?
2.or the OEM company that build the computer build it for windows 7 and i am putting up win' 8.1?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4xxx @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P85-D3
    Memory
    8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 797MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    L22T-7 LED on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 pixels
    Hard Drives
    WD 1 TB
    SSD 120 GB
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Mouse
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Browser
    chrome
    Antivirus
    Eset Smart security

jds63

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#4
If you ugraded the graphics card yourself, then you know the brand it is, go to that website put in your info, like OS and cards model number should be able to download the drivers, first check the cards properties for what version is there already. Like Broe23 said with Windows updates if set will find updates also.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1502 (GX1502)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K 3.30 GHZ 64 bit 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Memory
    G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel DDR4-2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ DDR5 4GB
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA24Q 24" Pro Art IPS LCD/LED Backlit 1920x1200
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 16:10
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    WD WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 Internal HDD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Case
    AZZA Cosmas Black Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo Dual 120mm, ( 2) Noctua PWM 120mm Case Fans (1) Gelid PWM 120mm Blue LED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Illumiated Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
    Internet Speed
    84mbps /94mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox 41.0.1 / Microsoft Edge/ IE 11
    Antivirus
    Norton Security 2015
    Other Info
    Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x Blu-Ray Burner, LG 24x Dual Layer DVD Burner,
    StarTech Front Bay 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi Media Memory Card Reader,Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker system
canada

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#5
so basically what i'm being told is that i should go to the manufacturers site and type in my model and download (if there is) compatible drivers? lets say i have in my pc now a AMD Radeon HD 7610M graphics card i should go to AMD site and search for this model?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4xxx @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P85-D3
    Memory
    8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 797MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    L22T-7 LED on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 pixels
    Hard Drives
    WD 1 TB
    SSD 120 GB
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Mouse
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Browser
    chrome
    Antivirus
    Eset Smart security

broe23

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#6
so basically what i'm being told is that i should go to the manufacturers site and type in my model and download (if there is) compatible drivers? lets say i have in my pc now a AMD Radeon HD 7610M graphics card i should go to AMD site and search for this model?
Again, if Windows/Microsoft updates is set to update hardware along with software. You do not need to go off and search for drivers. Unless the OS does not load them. Then you would know by going into Device Manager and look for Yellow !.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.
canada

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#7
so basically what i'm being told is that i should go to the manufacturers site and type in my model and download (if there is) compatible drivers? lets say i have in my pc now a AMD Radeon HD 7610M graphics card i should go to AMD site and search for this model?
Again, if Windows/Microsoft updates is set to update hardware along with software. You do not need to go off and search for drivers. Unless the OS does not load them. Then you would know by going into Device Manager and look for Yellow !.
thanks
so how do i set that windows update should update harware along with software? and what should i do if in device manager there is yellow warnings? (even after i installed all updates)?
(so what i understand here is that windows supply the drivers through windows update? correct me please if i'm wrong)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4xxx @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P85-D3
    Memory
    8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 797MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    L22T-7 LED on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 pixels
    Hard Drives
    WD 1 TB
    SSD 120 GB
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Mouse
    Microsoft Desktop 2000
    Browser
    chrome
    Antivirus
    Eset Smart security
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#8
Of course this is all dependent on whether this legacy (old!) hardware is even supported by W8.x. It may not be, or W7 either for that matter.

Sadly, this is now after-the-fact, but for future reference, ALWAYS when considering updating legacy hardware, BEFORE you reformat you should do your homework and research the hardware to MAKE SURE W8 drivers were available, and your hardware is compatible with the modern OS. Legacy support is not a priority in W8, nor should it be. And it is common for makers of legacy hardware to NOT develop drivers for the most current operating system - they would rather you buy new hardware was made from the start to support the current OS.

Potential upgraders of legacy hardware should at least run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor or the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to get an idea where they stand, before they end up with a big paperweight.
 

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System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

jds63

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#9
Well sometimes with Windows update it does not give you the latest driver software update, it did this with my Graphics card when i installed Windows 8.1. So chances might not get latest one. you can just go to there site, like AMD and check. For a video card i would other stuff it matters what it is.

True if it is working in Device manager you can leave it alone for now, again mattering to what you want updated. Usually Video card, sound cards without danger.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1502 (GX1502)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K 3.30 GHZ 64 bit 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Memory
    G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel DDR4-2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ DDR5 4GB
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA24Q 24" Pro Art IPS LCD/LED Backlit 1920x1200
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 16:10
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    WD WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 Internal HDD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Case
    AZZA Cosmas Black Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo Dual 120mm, ( 2) Noctua PWM 120mm Case Fans (1) Gelid PWM 120mm Blue LED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Illumiated Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
    Internet Speed
    84mbps /94mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox 41.0.1 / Microsoft Edge/ IE 11
    Antivirus
    Norton Security 2015
    Other Info
    Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x Blu-Ray Burner, LG 24x Dual Layer DVD Burner,
    StarTech Front Bay 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi Media Memory Card Reader,Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker system

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