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Old 05-24-2014, 04:55 AM   #1
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I need some help!

I just installed W7U, downgraded from windows 8,1 as its a nice OS but just won't surrport some of the programs I want to run and also run into some issues with the way it "sees" some USB devices." And I just overall like W7 more, OK no fancy metro tiles =( but I can live without them!

Now moving on, I have a unknown device and it won't install drivers correctly for my wireless dongal (I left it plugged in during installation oops!) And it won't see my android phone if I try to use it as a feather it just says unknown device, but will see it as a actual phone / USB storage device just fine when not trying to teather!

So I am not sure how to find the correct drivers, nornaly in would just download them from a mfg site, however as I don't know what the missing device is I can't!

Would you guys recommend some kind of driver solution programme? I'm not nornaly keen on these, preference to go get then drovers myself like I had to for the GPU.

If so what one would you recommend??? I think I might have to use one.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:21 AM   #2
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Stay away from driver finding programs. A good utiltiy I use to identify unknown devices is Halfdone: Unknown Devices, It works a treat and tells you the name of the unknown device making finding drivers easier.
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Default Re: W7 and Drivers...

Cheers!

Regard to dongal any ideas? I did uninstall the drivers on the PC and plug back in but when they reinstall they don't work, so I have correct drivers but it just won't work =(

Phones is a non issue really, as I will be using hot spot not teather anyways.
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Did you download the drivers from the manufacturers website?
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Default Re: W7 and Drivers...

Nope, wireless dongal worked on all other machine I have tried it on regardless of OS and worked on this one To when it was on 8.1

I left it in during install of W7 I think that's the issue as your meant to take everything bit leybored and mouse out =(

I just plugged it in to reinstall the drivers that are on the dongal, I guess I can try Google and see if I can find the drivers for the dongal but I would imagine they wouodnbe the same as the ones on it???
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No you don't have to parts left out, Usually the drivers Windows would install work but not always. Nab the drivers from the manufacturers website then try.
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Thxi will let u know how it goes.
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Well I found out two of them but cant find the needed drivers and am still stuck on the unknown.

Most important one right now is wifi as I only have a limited amount of time I can access the cabled connection each day =(

Silly things set up on router as other kids in the house =(

Anyways I have no idea why I even need the live book one as I already have access to it (Its my NAS) and the unknown dose not seem to be having any adverse effect on my system atm.

But I am at a bit of a loss.
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Default Re: W7 and Drivers...

maybe you need USB drivers for your motherboard. Usually it doesn't matter and USB drivers isn't made for some boards (other than some USB utilities), but i have seen motherboards that came with a disk were USB drivers was present.

Btw... you actually like the metro UI?
Now that's something you don't hear every day.
Then why not just use Win8? I am thinking about changing to win8, but i'll install a third party start menu and skip all that Metro BS.
Doing that makes it look allot like windows 7, and it has faster bootup, DX12 support and a few wecome UI tweaks on the ExploreUI
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:18 PM   #10
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Default Re: W7 and Drivers...

Metro is not bad once used to is, and the tiles are a quick way to check Facebook and email ect, but tbh I could take them or leave them, I do like normal windows far more!

I just found when trying to do android stuff and other thing likei want to run virtual machine, its not the best, and genraly a lot more surrport for Windows 7 plus I don't like the way windows 8 handled my tablet and phone it never could see them as a phone on a USB stick, and often it would fail when updating ROMs and stuff, windows 7 no issues for me!

YMMV?

Anyways I was having some issues with W7 U, so have changed it to W7 Pro.

I'll likely still have the same missing drivers but we shall see, USB drovers could be a good idea!

Its annoying though, I'll see how it goes when I'm done installing Windows 7 Pro.
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