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Old 02-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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How to force driver install?

I have a memory card reader that Windows automatically installs the drivers for. I don't want it to. It requires special drivers on a floppy I've got. I tried clicking the update button and choosing those but I guess they're older than the ones Windows installed, so it said they weren't a better match. How do I force it to run these drivers? I know I've done it before with my monitor but I don't remember how.
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:34 PM   #2
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If i remember right, just click update driver
"Install from a specific location" -> "Don't search..." -> "Have disk..."
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:00 PM   #3
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If i remember right, just click update driver
"Install from a specific location" -> "Don't search..." -> "Have disk..."
That should work. I would uninstall the drivers did, then uninstall under device manager. Then reboot and when it pops up the hardware choose have disk.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:22 PM   #4
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If i remember right, just click update driver
"Install from a specific location" -> "Don't search..." -> "Have disk..."
I already tried that. It says the drivers installed now are a better match. They're not. I NEED to use the drivers on my floppy.
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:24 AM   #5
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Check your floppy/CD and note the exact path to the driver. Delete the Microsft driver and when you install from a specific location, use browse and enter that location exactly, windows should recognise the driver and use it.
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:50 PM   #6
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How do I know what driver it's using? I went to device manager and found the sys drivers but I'm not sure what inf file it is. I delete the sys files and it keeps extracting them from the cab file.
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What Blackram said is the correct procedure. Open up device manager and uninstall each memory card drive (should be under Disk Drives tab.) If you got one that connects to a usb header then also uninstall the USB serial devices. Ignore any prompt of "new device found" and reboot. Windows will autmatically reload the serial bus drivers and then it will say something about the card reader. Choose to cancel anything it attemps to do. It should now say there was an error loading the drivers and it may not work yada yada. Now open the Device manager and click Update drivers and use the floppy.
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I already tried that. It says the drivers installed now are a better match. They're not. I NEED to use the drivers on my floppy.
Windows is trying to tell you what is best. Which in this case is wrong. So just uninstall the current drivers and the device. Then reboot and cancel all prompts by windows. Don't let windows install anything for you. Then load up your floppy and install those drivers. Please remember windows is marketed for the 90% of people who shall I say don't know a thing about computer hardware or drivers. So windows make it easy for those people, yet very much a pain in the a$$ for those of us who do know what we are doing.
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Still not working. I renamed the cabs and that gave me a gift from God, a blue screen. Had to run a repair install. This is starting to get really annoying. It automatically installs the drivers when I reboot.
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Will it not let you hit cancel as it trys to install the drivers? In searching the net for an anwser I came across someone who had to manually delete the inf file that windows was using then They where able to hit cancel during the auot install by windows. Full thread here.
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It does it in the system tray. I can't maximize it or anything. All that shows is the hardware icon and tooltips in the system tray.

How do I know what inf file it's using?
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:12 PM   #12
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How do I know what inf file it's using?
That I don't really know. If you click update driver in device manager does it allow you to select something or does it just pop up saying it is using the newest one. I thought you could still tell it what file to use.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:18 PM   #13
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If i remember right, just click update driver
"Install from a specific location" -> "Don't search..." -> "Have disk..."

just do that and select the driver on the floppy disk..
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:27 PM   #14
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just do that and select the driver on the floppy disk..
I did. It says the driver it's using now is the best match.
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