How to find your hardware device vendor

Its normal to loose your hardware drivers or you just throw it off as the CD was just not working. However the problem comes only when you reinstall OS  once again and you have no idea where to get the driver. Specially it becomes a problem when something pops ups in your hardware profile telling UNKNOW devices.

However there is way to find it only if you have Vendor ID and Driver ID with you. Before I tell you how to do that lets get to know the service which I wanted to introduce to you all.

PCI Database is an online service which has huge record of hardware based exactly on their Vendor Id and hardware id. When you search with either of the information it not only gives you which vendor it belongs to but also how to get in touch with them either though phone number or email. Here is how it looks like when you search

PCI vendor Search

PCI vendor Search

PCI Vendor Search Result

PCI Vendor Search Result

Thus giving you enough information get back your drivers all you need is to be lucky enough that the vendors still have and can ask you to download the drivers.

How to find Hardware ID and Vendor ID

Every hardware that is detected has a unique feature called as hardware id ( As I see in Vista ) which contains information about hardware and the vendor associated with it. Here is a snapshot to make you feel comnfortable

Hardware id in vista

How to find Hardware id in vista

You should be able to find in the hardware profile of Advanced System information. If you take a closer look at the string in the image it tells you VEN_VENDORNUMBER and DEV_DEVICEID. Now you have it and use PCI database to find your drivers.


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

2 comments

  1. This is really nice and useful, Mr.Ashish. Thank you.

  2. I have Genius Webcam and I lost my driver CD.
    Now when I found Vendor id 0458 and Device id 7007, I searched in the PCI database it was showing vendor id not found and with device id it is showing two results:
    AGP and PCI-to-PCI Bridge (1x/2x AGP) 0x1022 Advanced Micro Devices
    0x7007 OHCI Compliant FireWire Controller 0x1039 SIS

    These two are not showing genius at all.

    Actually I tried lots of genius webcam available driver but no one is working.
    Kindly help me to get the driver of genius webcam.
    You can see the image of genius webcam by clicking link below..
    http://img195.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=11072009.jpg

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