Thursday, November 15, 2007

Missing Drivers, Unknown Device, and Other Devices

Sounds familiar? Yes, as a computer user we are very familiar with these words.

A missing driver can cause a lot of headaches for us computer technicians. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do if you find yourself in this situation. First, you can easily search Google for the missing drivers, or you can visit the manufacturer’s website and search there.

But what if you can’t find an appropriate driver for your hardware because of being obsolete or the device manager can’t tell what is the offending hardware? You can easily make your own Windows XP CD and integrate driverpacks and latest updates from Microsoft. You can find that it will help you a lot in the future especially if you are on the road and your client doesn’t have an internet connection or on dial up (it will take a lot of your precious time if you use it for downloading large files.)

Sounds easy to make? You bet.

Here is what you need:

1. Windows XP installer, preferably with integrated SP2. (you can download SP2 here or here if your installer doesn’t come with it)
2. RyanVM’s Post SP2 update pack
3. Nlite
4. Driverpacks
5. driverpack base

If you don't know how to use the above softwares, i suggest you read their tutorials or step by step instructions. You just need a "little" time and patience if you can't get it right the first time.

You should start working on your customized cd with these steps:

1. Slipstream SP2 update to your WindowsXP CD using Nlite (if you already have WinXp with SP2, just go to number 2)
2. Apply ryanvm update. You can use Nlite or RyanVM's own Integrator
3. Integrate driverpacks using driverpack base
4. When it is all done, you can make a bootable ISO using Nlite.

Any suggestion, question or violent reaction? Feel free to leave a comment.

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