Do you need computer drivers or manuals? While in my numerous endeavors, I have come across many different sites that I rely on constantly. Some are ones you may have heard of while others are golden gems hiding out in the magical Internet. In this edition, I will share with you some of the best sites to have bookmarked when you need computer drivers or manuals. Both of these can be challenges to find. I know I have spent numerous hours searching endlessly for some of the information I have listed below.
Where to Find Computer Repair Manuals
Some computer manuals can be found on the manufacturer’s website. These are usually the user manuals which will point to where all the buttons are and what they do but not give you a comprehensive breakdown strategy or guide. They will sometimes have RAM and HDD removal pics and wordage but that is usually as deep as they go. If you need to tear into your laptop, you might need a little more guidance. That’s where these sites come in super handy.
If you have an Apple product, I have a goldmine for you. Mac laptops are one of the most time consuming fixes in the history of laptop repair. If you have to stumble blindly through a disassembly, it could take you hours and possible broken pieces in the process. But if you had a manual with step by step instructions, you would save time and money. ifixit has almost every manual you could ever need. From iPhones to iPads to Mac desktops, this site has it all. Also, it has a section for gaming consoles for the do-it-yourself people out there. This beats trying to use a grainy YouTube video that you have to pause and rewind every 10 seconds.
But you say, “Macs r 4 N00bs. Iz a W1ndoz/L1nux m4n!” Well fret not young spelling-challenged friend. I have a website that has a vast majority of the popular makes and models out their sporting your OSes called insidemylaptop. This wonder of a site, although fairly plain, has a wealth of knowledge at just a click away. Navigating the site is a breeze via the right hand side of the page and it’s links. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, give the search bar a shot. I am a fan of most of his work although I do wish he was using more plastic tooling in the majority of his pics. Using a small flat head screw driver will work in most situations but can scratch surfaces.
“Ah good sir, perhaps one is in possession of a Toshiba Satellite and likes tea and crumpets?” Not sure why I assumed all Toshiba owners are British, or pretending to be with a horrible accent, but we will roll with it. If you cannot find your make of Toshiba on either of the above two sites, there is a fallback for just you. irisvista is a site basically dedicated to dis-assembly of Toshiba laptops. With excellent pictures and descriptions, it will make your dis-assembly smoother and with a lot less guess work. If all else fails, then you can fall back onto the mass video data conglomeration that is YouTube. Best of luck following it though…
Computer drivers have long been the bane of many a repair tech. When grandma brings in her 1984 IBM poo-slinger and says its running slow and would like you to re-install the OS, you only have realistically two options. Either use a driver saving program like Driver Magician, which is free for 15 days per install or $30 to buy it, or to re-install and hunt for the drivers. Most of the time you can simply go to the manufacturer’s website, which in this case would be IBM, and find all of the computer drivers for that specific model. But what if it has a third party modem/sound card/video card and you cannot even find that company online anymore? Then you need your super sleuthing to reach new heights. Driverguide has saved my pirate’s booty more times than I can recall and one of the shops I used to work for had a paid subscription to it. I cannot tell you how many times that was used when working on any legacy systems. The only unfortunate side of Driverguide is that you have to use their downloader without a subscription but it is still a very valuable resource when in the hunt.
Google can be your best friend when trying to find ancient or hard to place computer drivers. One must be extremely cautious when using the Google method as it will pull up some sites that either say they have that driver or ones that do but have it packaged with malware. I rarely stray from CNET when Googling brings up sites to download from even though they have gotten worse over the years with bad downloads. Most other sites out there will either outright lie and give your PC the willies or try and get you to install something else than desired. This is when good AV and AM software comes into play. Especially ones that have active scanning on downloads or a registry checker such as Spybot which will alert you when something is trying to enter registry keys.
Finally, contact the company in question. If it is an old HP/Dell/IBM/Gateway/Sony driver that you are looking for, it can’t hurt to give them a shout. Most companies have a chat feature set up and can send you links to each driver you could need. That is assuming they still have a copy.
Computer Drivers and Manuals concluded
What have we learned here today? That there is a computer manual out there for almost all makes and model of laptops/Macs if we only know where to look. Computer drivers can be a pain but with the tools you now have at your disposal, they are no match for your cunning.
Where do you go when you are in need of a computer manual or computer drivers? Let us know below!