Unknown Device–Find a driver?

DriverHave you ever needed to find a driver for something, when you have not actually known what the device is?

It sounds silly i know, but if you ever reinstall a PC you may end up with a tonne of ‘unknown’ devices in Device Manager and having exhausted the available drivers on the manufacturers website, may be scratching your head as to what the device even is, let alone what driver to try.

In my example below i have a PCI Input Device without a driver. Well what the hell is that? Not exactly a handy description.

Device Manager

You can find out some more information about the device by using the Hardware ID of the device. You can find that in the properties of the device under the details tab.


If you change the dropdown menu to ‘Hardware IDs’ you will see what may look like nonsense codes.

Hardware ID

The Hardware ID is actually a code specific to that device and that vendor.


VEN_1102 is a vendor code, and is perhaps unsurprisingly, unique to each vendor. A quick search online tells me this vendor code belongs to ‘Creative Labs’  which may well be enough to identify which device you are looking for a driver for.

Using the Vendor and Device ID codes i can search online and find that the Device in question is the Game Port on my Sound Blaster Audigy card. Being an old card no driver for Windows 7 exists for that particular device.

Hopefully armed with both the Vendor ID and the Device ID you may be able to narrow down any devices you are missing drivers for!

About Robert Pearman
Robert Pearman is a UK based Small Business Server enthusiast. He has been working within the SMB IT Industry for what feels like forever. Robert likes Piña colada and taking walks in the rain, on occasion he also enjoys writing about Small Business Technology like Windows Server Essentials or more recently writing PowerShell Scripts. If you're in trouble, and you can find him, maybe you can ask him a question.

Leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: