Help w/reformatting and installing audio/video drivers for windows xp

I have recently reformatted my computer and would like some info on installing the proper audio/video drivers for my Dell Dimension 3000. I have been very frustrated and have used several tool kit programs which have not worked. I would like to be able to manually install the drivers and sound devices needed as I reformat, yet again. if you know of a torrent site that offers auto-installing driver programs that work, please let me know. No tool kit programs, please.
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    Please visit the manufacturer's website to download the drivers for your device. You can use google to find the manufacturer's website if you do not know it. In the support section download the drivers for your specific make and model of the device for your version of Windows.

    Note: If the manufacturer only lists drivers for Windows XP and not for Windows Vista or Windows 7, that means the device is unsupported or incompatible with the unlisted operating systems.

    If you do NOT know the make & model of your device you can Search by Vendor / Device code as shown in device manager.
    In the device manager, for the device you need driver for, Right click properties for the device, go in details for the device driver.
    You will see a code like per example VEN_8086&DEV_27D8&SUBSYS...

    The VEN code means vendor and the DEV code means device: in this case the vendor is 8086 and the device is 27D8.

    Once you have the two codes, go to
    Enter the two codes and you should get the name of your hardware. From there you can search for a driver download for your hardware.
  2. Thanks for your advice! I will follow your instructions and hope for the best! Thanks again!
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