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    what drivers?

    A friend has done a reformat of his hard drive, reloaded windows 98 and most things are working fine. The graphics dont work properly, just the basics and the network doesnt work. Problem is, he doesnt have any driver discs, and he doesnt know what make or model the components are. Whats the easiest way to find out what drivers he needs? Thanks.

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    Re: what drivers?

    Try the free utility, Belarc Advisor, to build a detailed list of the hardware and software on the system. Then use http://www.driverguide.com to find the drivers required.

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    Re: what drivers?

    Just to add to Tony's excellent advice, your friend might benefit from a reliable backup of drivers once the system is reestablished:

    WinDriversBackup Personal Edition
    ( <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware) (last Freeware version) (free for non-commercial use)
    OS: Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP
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    Description: WinDriversBackup is a handy tool for backing up your Windows system driver files. Use this program to find and identify all drivers or optionally limit it to non-Microsoft drivers and then copy them to a backup directory of your choice. You can choose to copy all or only selected drivers.
    Author: -- Company: Jermar Software Corp
    Program description:
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    download v 1.09 (2003-10-14) (wdrvbck1.exe) (2505 KB)
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    (desc. rev.: 2004-03-31)

    Alan

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    Re: what drivers?

    If you're unable to get this information via software, you may need to open the case, and look for markings on the devices that aren't working. Of course, this gets very tricky when the majority of the items will be "onboard" the system board.

    If they are 'onboard' devices, try to find the CD-ROM for the system board. Alternatively, get a copy of a Linux LiveCD distribution (Knoppix and Mepis are two examples) and watch the boot up screens - they typically will list the devices by name.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: what drivers?

    Thanks Tony, and all for your suggestions. I downloaded Belarc Advisor as you suggested and then was able to download the drivers. All went well and the graphics are now fine. The network card driver installed ok and the system thinks there are no problems with it. Unfortunately, I cant access the network. I have done the usual, setup a static ip address as per the other machines on the network, set up the workgroup, subnet etc. To test whether the card was working, in desperation i installed netbeui and the machine could then see all the 95 and 98 machines on the network, but not the xp machines. I cant ping any of the pcs on the network. Why isnt tcp/ip working?

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    Re: what drivers?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by skitterbug on 03-Jun-04 15:55. Just added another line or two to my "simple thoughts"!! )</P>I think the first thing I would think about is whether you loaded a driver for your network card? Do you see a flashing green light on the back of your computer to know that it is working properly? And maybe even before all of that, are you hard wired okay or are you using wireless connections? You could also check your Device Manager to be sure there isn't a problem with your network card. Don't know if this will give you any places to start! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    Added: I see you said that you installed the network card driver and it seems to be correct. I'd still check out the wiring and the green light flashing. Also can you ping 127.0.0.1 to see if that is working okay? Someone else will surely be more help than I am! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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