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Unknown PCI device (Device Manager) – How can I find out what drivers I need?

If a PCI device is showing up as an “Unknown Device” in the Windows Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) and you’re not sure what the manufacturer and/or device name is, here’s a quick tip that may help.

Pull up the Properties for the device. Select “Hardware Ids” in the drop-down and make a note of the Vendor (VEN_XXXX) and Device (DEV_XXXX) identifiers (in this example, 8086 and 24C6). With this information you can search for your device at


Once you have the vendor and device name, it will increase your chances of finding the correct driver on the manufacturer’s website.

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