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DriverPacks are collections of drivers of a type of hardware (e.g.: Sound, MassStorage), to achieve a wider hardware support in Windows XP.

How did it come into existance? (A brief history)

I've started these DriverPacks because I wanted to achieve a Uniform UXPCD. Why in the world would you want support for all available hardware, I hear you thinking. Well, that's easy to explain: to be able to use these unattended Windows XP installation CD's on any computer (of course one that's capable of running Windows XP).

So in that thread at MSFN.org I asked how I could do that. Of course people were laughing at me (a quote: "I think you'd be naive to think you'd be able to fit the (latest) drivers of every device made since XP was launched, on the one cd").

After a while I decided to just try it, and I started the DriverPack Sound. It was a hell to get it fully working, but the positive feedback kept me continuing. Later DriverPack LAN was added and also DriverPack MassStorage (this last one was started by RyanVM). In January '05 I released DriverPack WLAN, which contains about 250 drivers (at that time)! This one has without a doubt the largest collection until now. In February, DriverPack Graphics has become available. This one has been split into two parts: A and B. DriverPack Graphics A supports the ATI Radeon series and the nVidia GeForce and Quadro series, while DP Graphics B supports all other graphics cards. Recently DriverPack Chipset has been added to the list! DriverPack Sound has also been split into two parts (A and B ) because of its size. DriverPack CPU, a tiny DriverPThis (nearly) completes the circle: all important device drivers are now available in the form of DriverPacks!

Each of these DriverPacks support the widest variety of controllers in their category: even brands of whom you've never heard are included! At the moment there is support for hundreds of devices (Chipset, Graphics (A and B ), LAN, MassStorage, Sound (A and B ) and WLAN).

Currently there are 8 DriverPacks available:

  • DriverPack Chipset
  • DriverPack CPU
  • DriverPack Graphics
  • DriverPack LAN
  • DriverPack MassStorage
  • DriverPack Sound
  • DriverPack WLAN

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Good stuff. I recommend it. However, it is a bit confusing for new people just stepping into this.

Also mobile NVIDIA cards are supported as we're packed in the graphics pack :)

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