No Drivers Installed - not seen a problem

July 16, 2018 at 02:07:20
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello

I did a 'Live Update' with Norton this morning and it said I had hardware issues and told me to open Device Manager to solve them.

It gave no clue what to look for, or what to do when I got there.

I've never noticed anything wrong with my computer, but I clicked on every item one at a time and most of them said 'This device is working properly.'

However, these items say that 'No drivers are installed for this device'

ATI I/O Communications Processor SMBus Controller
Direct memory access controller
High precision event timer
Numeric data processor
Programmable interrupt controller
System speaker
System timer

As my PC seems to be working okay - do I need the drivers?

On a daft note, last night after I turned off the PC, I got up today to find that my Recycle Bin had decided to rename itself '3' - No idea how that happened but I changed it back.

Thanks for any forthcoming answers.


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#1
July 16, 2018 at 03:06:23
General golden rule... “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Wouldn’t hurt to run a couple of cleaner apps regularly advised here.

Adwcleaner,

Malwarebytes

ccleaner.

Install each using custom/manual mode, not the proffered/default automatic. Watch for and uncheck all pre checked boxes, apart from the one for the utility itself. That way you’ll void all manner of junk, system changes etc. which neither need nor want,; and some ar PIA to eradicate.


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#2
July 16, 2018 at 06:48:07
Suggestions:

1. do NOT use any type of "drive finder" program. It's better to search for & install drivers manually. If you're still running Vista, you may be running into problems because it's no longer supported by Microsoft & many other hardware/software vendors. It would help to post the make/model of your computer and/or its hardware specs, but it's time to move on from Vista.

2. it's time to move on from Norton as well.


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#3
July 16, 2018 at 07:39:06
Good points by riider; worth to consider more fully...

An older system can invariably become problematic in time re' drivers and general apps support. Such kit can usually exist and continue to be useful/viable for an age on a Linux OS...?


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#4
July 24, 2018 at 12:46:56
trvlr

It's broken now.

I can't get online with it. (on an old PC now) so I've had to type the following message out by hand. no mean feat with two fingers.

There are driver or hardware problems with the network adapter "Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family PCI Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)" on this computer.

I followed the instructions until I got to 'Browse for drivers on your computer' - I included subfolders, and it now says 'The best driver software for your device is already installed' and it s up to date.

On Device Status it says 'This device cannot start (code 10)

How am I supposed to 'check for solutions' if I can't get online with it?


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#5
July 24, 2018 at 12:51:47
riider

It's an Advent Phenom X4. (says the sticker on the front) and probably 10 years old

The mrs say I'm covered by the 'Whatever Happens Club' with PC World (annual subscription) but I wouldn't bet on it.


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#6
July 25, 2018 at 05:13:30
Apologies for that post.

I was up until 3-00 a.m. transferring files and photos to discs then putting them on to my grand-daughters old PC

I finished the last of the transferring this morning .

About half an hour ago I posted on Facebook that my trusty Advent had bit the dust.

I went and made a cuppa, and came back to find my internet 'blue light' on, for soem inexplicable reason my trusty Advent has returned from the dead, and I did nothing to it.



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