How To Update Drivers When You Can’t Find The Driver

timetoupdateOften in the course of reloading computers you will run in to many driver problems.  Windows 8 and Windows 7 are much better and finding drivers automatically but no matter what you will run into the problem drivers that you can not locate on the manufactures website or are not sure which they might be.

How to update drivers then?  Follow the process of locating your windows drivers below and with a little luck you will always be able to find the driver you need.

Method 1: Use an automatic driver finder

Slimdriver and DriverMax are two good driver finders that you can use to find a missing driver, they are not perfect but many times can find that nagging driver that you can not locate by other means.

No driver finder is perfect when your trying to figure out how to update drivers which is why I use the above two, one may find a driver that the other does not use.  Drivermax in particular is very nice if you are willing to pay the license fee because it can easily update many drivers on your system at once and keep them up to date for you.  The free version though works fine for single driver installs at a time.

Method 2: Hardware ID and Google

How to update drivers the technical way when all else fails:

  1. Open up the device manager by right clicking computer and clicking manage in Windows 7 or moving your mouse all the way to the bottom left of the screen, right clicking, and selecting Device Manager in Windows 8.
  2. Double click on the problem device, click the details tab, in the drop down select Hardware Ids.
  3. Right click on the first value listed and select copy.
  4. Open Google or your favorite search engine and search for the Hardware Id you just copied by pasting it into the search box and adding “driver” to the end of it.

Now is where the art form comes in, you will get many results on your search, it’s your job to go through the list and determine what driver it is that is missing.  Often the results will reveal it quickly but sometimes you will need to dig through the results, typically forums, and determine what driver it is we are looking for.

Once you determine the device often you can go back to the manufacture website and find the proper driver on the website, other times you will need to keep looking until you find a download link for that particular driver.  Lastly many driver storage websites will be in the list, as a last choice you can use these but you may need to do some trial and error to determine if the driver is correct or not.

Keep your drivers up to date

DriverMax, Find Windows Drivers EasyOnce you have all of your drivers installed it is always a good idea to keep your drivers updated, keeping your drivers updated can help to keep your computer running smoothly.  I recommend purchasing a subscription to DriverMax as it will help you automate the update of your drivers, the easier something like this is the more likely it will get done on a regular schedule.

I hope this all has helped you learn how to update drivers on your system, please post in the comments if it did or did not.

Also you can check out our entire site over at HowToUpdateDriversHQ.com

Top PDF To Image, PDF to JPG Online Conversion Tools

convertIf your like me often times you run into the need to convert a PDF document to something you can more easily share online perhaps on Facebook or twitter.  Converting PDF documents to JPG or JPEG files for example can be very easy if you find the right tool.

Below check out my reviews of great PDF conversion tools to convert your PDF to an image or JPG.

PDF Converter

Positives

This service is easy to use, the page features everything being done on a single page, unlike other PDF conversion sites that make you jump through multiple pages before getting your file.   Simply select the file you want to convert, enter an email address, select the file type you want to convert the PDF to, click convert and your file will be ready to download shortly.

Negatives

Requires that you enter an email address which could me a potential for spam.

Smallpdf

Positives

Again this service is very easy to use to convert a PDF to an image, it features a very nice drag and drop interface to select your file in addition to the standard browse to select your file.  Simply drag in or select your file, select if you want to convert the entire document or just a specific part, and download your file.  No need to enter a email address like most other services which is very nice.

Negatives

Many ads on the page make the interface cluttered but this is the price you pay for not having to enter an email address I suppose.

pdf2jpg.net

Positives

As with the others the service is easy to use to convert a PDF to a JPG image, browse to select your file, select the quality of the jpeg you want converted to, click convert.  No need to enter an email address to which they could send spam.

Negatives

This site is probably the most basic design of the bunch, not very pleasing to the eye.  Many ads all over the site make it hard to know for sure which link to click on to download your conversion.

Finishing up Another WordPress Website

I still have some finishing touches of the website and additional content to add but over all I am very satisfied the way this site has turned out.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Changing World Exchange – Foreign Exchange Programs, International Student Exchange

“Providing placement and support for international foreign exchange students living with American host families and attending American High Schools, Colleges, and Universities.”

[FIX] Quickbooks Will Not Install on Windows 7, msxml error

This error has to do with Microsoft Core XML Services not working properly with Quickbooks and Quickbooks software failing to properly install a new version.

MSXML 4.0 is being replaced with version 6.0 and that is the solution that worked for me to fix this issue.  Download MSXML 6.0 from Microsoft, Install it, then install Quickbooks.  Since a newer version of MSXML is installed it just skips that step of the install.

  1. Close out of the Quickbooks install if you have it running.
  2. Download and install MSXML 6.0 from here, the first download should be fine (msxml6.msi), if it does not work then try the last one (msxml6_x64.msi).
  3. Reinstall Quickbooks and it should work.

Post in the comment and let me know if this does or does not work for you.

Files required to use Windows Update are no longer registered or installed on your computer

This is a problem with various dll files that may have become corrupted or unregistered.  It also could be a problem with the windows update agent and or the windows update service  or a problem with the registry.  The below four part solution will probably work to fix this issue when Windows updates will not install on Windows XP.

Ensure you try Windows updates after each part and if it works then you can stop at that part.

PART #1

Run the Microsoft Fix It for this issue.  Click here to run it.

PART #2

Run each of the following commands from the command line.  To open a command line click Start – Run and enter CMD then hit enter or click OK.

Alternately you can download a batch file to run instead of entering each of the below files yourself.  Click here to download the batch file then run the batch file.

regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll

Now try windows updates again, if it works your good, if not continue to PART #2

PART #3

If you are on to part two that means your update agent is damaged and needs to be reinstalled.  To do this you need to force the update agent to reinstall using the following steps.

  1. Download the windows update agent and save it to a folder on your computer.  Click here to donwload and save it, do not run it because it will fail.
  2. Download this batch file that will force the install of the update agent.  Click here to download the batch file and save it into the same folder as the update agent in step 1.
  3. Run the batch file to force install of update agent.

PART #4 – PERFORM AT YOUR OWN RISK

This last part performs some registry edits and if done improperly could cause issues to your system.  The registry file that you will import was taken from a clean Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 computer.  Please ensure this is the same as what you are running before trying this fix.

  1. Click Start – Run and type regedit
  2. Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv
  3. Right click on wuauserv on the left side and delete.
  4. Right Click here to save and then run the wuauserv.reg file with the clean registry entries
  5. Reboot your machine.

Cull Keeper Culling System Keeper for Professional Tournament Anglers!

My cousin just started selling his latest invention online. You into bass fishing? You may be interested in his product.   Oh and by the way, I designed the site, let me know what you think in the comments.

Click here to check out his culling system keeper

Copy from his site:

Proudly made here in the USA!

Tournament anglers are forever looking for ways to have an edge on the competition. Save yourself some valuable time when it comes to tagging your fish and get back to fishing before they do.

Keep your culling system buoys where you need them and at the ready. No more messing with tangled tags or searching for the correct color. Fish in one hand then grab the tag from the clip end not the float. Guaranteed to save you time tagging your fish.

Cull Keeper culling buoy organizational system is constructed from high quality aluminum designed to last a lifetime. Stainless steel mounting hardware and decal included. You may be able to install using epoxy. A light sanding to the adhesion site will help insure a good bond. Some livewell doors have foam padding which would not allow epoxy install. “Cull tags not included.”

Be sure to mount your Cull Keeper culling buoy organizational system in a spot that will allow the livewell door to close. An 1/8″ drill bit will be needed if you choose not to install with epoxy.

Keep Your Culling System Buoys In Order With This Culling System Keeper!

 

[FIX] IBM Thinkpad Z60m Audio / Sound Not Working in Windows 7, Drivers

lenovo-thinkpad-z60m-mWhen you install Windows 7 on a IBM Thinpad Z60m the audio is installed via Windows update but they do not work.  If you look at the audio setup it shows that Windows 7 thinks that the speakers are unplugged.

The fix is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Download the soundmax driver:
Analog Devices SoundMAX HD Audio driver 6.10.01.6570 Beta Windows Vista(32/64)/Win7(32/64)

2. Install the driver (You will have to use manual install through Device manager).  After you install this driver you should have the sound, but the speakers are still “unplugged”. Now if you press volume button on the top up or down the speaker will “magically” start to work.

3. Now we have to keep them plugged in always and to do that we download from Lenovo the “Hotkey drivers” and install them.  Click here to download the Hotkey Drivers.

Let me know in the comments if this does or does not work for you.

Now keep your drivers up to date

DriverMax, Find Windows Drivers EasyOnce you have all of your drivers installed it is always a good idea to keep your drivers updated, keeping your drivers updated can help to keep your computer running smoothly.  I recommend purchasing a subscription to DriverMax as it will help you automate the update of your drivers, the easier something like this is the more likely it will get done on a regular schedule.

[FIX] Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Video Chipset Driver for Windows 7

I had a heck of a time finding these drivers, I have an IBM Thinkpad Z60m which has the Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family and I wanted to install Windows 7.

I finally found some drivers that worked for me so hopfully I can save you some time by posting them here.

Click here to download the drivers that worked for me.

Let me know in the comments if they work or do not work for you.

How to Stop a Zombie

Here’s your chance to make a difference … tool up and kill a zombie. Zombies Attack

What … what are you doing? Put down that baseball bat and chainsaw!

I’m not talking the living dead kind of zombie here, I’m talking about the silicon kind that are used by cybercriminals to send spam, distribute malware, and commit identity theft.

A zombie computer. What’s a zombie computer?

It’s a computer that is infected with malware to bring it under the control of the cybercriminals as part of a botnet.

Billions of spam emails are sent daily, and 99% of these are sent using zombie computers.

How can you stop the zombies?

  • Scan your computer and those of your friends (ask permission first!) with an up-to-date anti-virus program. If you don’t already have an anti-virus you can always buy one form any computer store.  TC-TEKS recommends AVG or Kaspersky Internet Security.
  • Keep your operating system and programs up-to-date with the latest security patches, and run a firewall.
  • Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook by liking and spreading this email using the share buttons at the top, make sure that your friends know they also need to help kill a zombie.
  • If you are still not sure if your computer is a zombie get it in to your local computer repair shop ASAP to stop the spread of the infection!