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pc analyzerMost of us can clock 80″“90 mph on a highway, but how many of us can handle a breakdown and change a car essential like an air filter? Some of us perhaps”¦but not all. It’s just like cruising on the information superhighway on our computers. Not everyone has an idea of what goes on under the hood. It’s not needed of course, but just like a broken down car, you would rather repair it yourself than push it. Especially if a mechanic (read, a support guy) is not close at hand.

Even if the support helpdesk is just a dial away, knowing the innards of your computer is just as important as knowing the software you are working on. Unlike cars, computers need constant updates of both software and hardware. For the sake of efficiency, updating these should be a matter of routine. Take for example, moving up from Windows Vista to Seven”¦does your computer hardware support the new OS? Or would it do better with some drive upgrades?

These are very basic tasks and thankfully, we don’t have to consult a thick manual to see this through. Single click solutions are available which can analyze pc systems and give us a brief on our hardware and the changes that can be made.

Ma-Config is an online tool that does two jobs for us – it analyzes your pc and identifies the hardware and software components (also up to 10 shared PCs). Secondly, with a few clicks, one can download all the latest drivers matching the hardware configuration.


Ma-Config does all the driver detection using a downloadable ActiveX plug-in. The free service is Windows only and is certified by VeriSign. The plug-in is compatible with all the major browsers like Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The driver database is provided by TousLesDrivers.

Ma-Config makes it easy for both the starter guy and the experienced hand. There is nothing complicated to install apart from a little plug-in to start the process to analyze pc systems. Ma-Config moves the process towards the download of the newer drivers and also gives us a few more steps to consider like sharing your configuration or recording it in a PDF document.

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Before starting the detection you can change a few of the settings via the Settings link given on the left hand side menu of the homepage. The settings relate to the detail of the detection. For those not comfortable with the terms, the default settings are good enough.

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Click on Start the Detection to bare the large green button which tells you to run the detection. The plug-in will analyze the PC system and generates the report summary. Click on the devices list on the left menu to get the finer details. You can redetect your system anytime with a click.

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If you now want to update your PC, the large green button marked with Download drivers compatible with this configuration, takes you down that path courtesy of TousLesDrivers.

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As asides, you can share your configuration using a link or with an email. Or maybe take out a PDF report and mail it directly across. The PDF report comes in quite handy if you want to send it forth to a vendor or the support technician.

Ma-Config also has an offline mode whereby you can use the plug-in on a computer not connected to the internet, run the scan and save the results. The results can then be analyzed on another computer with an internet connection.

Ma-Config is a web tool and like all web based tools it prevents us from installing a bulky program. The only minus is that some parts of the website are in French. Though, the English version makes everything as easy as tea and biscuits.

Ma-Config is not the first tool we have reviewed to help us with our hardware. Some others have been ““

But it could be one of the simplest going around. But we would like your opinion on that. Go over to Ma-Config and do let us know.

  1. kye
    March 7, 2010 at 3:36 am

    use ONLY IE and will never crush

  2. Shubham
    March 7, 2010 at 2:51 am

    It is a great tool...loved it...kind of auto updater in bulk...no tool does that for sure..!

  3. cheap computers
    January 18, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Its a great online tool that does two jobs at the same time but its installation is like impossible.

  4. ChtiGG
    January 4, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Hello FungusChris,

    What is the model of your Dell Laptop ? Maybe the product number ? The video chipset is a ATI or Nvidia ?

    Could you post your config?
    [url="http://www.ma-config.com/en/tutorial/13-7,How-to-use-this-web-site.html"]Here's a little help they need[/url]

    Hoping you can help
    ChtiGG

  5. kye
    December 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    1-ma-config needs an addon for firefox or an activex for ie
    2- it is quite a good service but device doctor is better

  6. FungusChris
    December 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Lead me to a french driver download website for my Dell laptop graphics card, then after downloading and running the exe, I got an error that this driver is not compatible with your system.

    • Saikat
      January 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

      Automatic download and installation is still not 100% foolproof (with any software). The next best option is to take the scan data and manually search for the right driver. Sometimes conflict arise because of slight variations in the packaging versions of the drivers.

    • Charon
      January 4, 2010 at 3:36 am

      Hi, FungusChris
      this problem is known:
      http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-022355.htm
      Intel blocks driver install for some OEM. You must download and install graphic driver from dell web site.

  7. Buffet
    December 31, 2009 at 9:44 am

    LOCKED UP? CRASHED?? BSOD??? Aww, hell no! I don't think so!

  8. pedram
    December 31, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Great
    I've used it .but the first time crashed my firefox but next time works.The most important thing is this is completely free

    • Charon
      January 4, 2010 at 4:48 am

      Thanks Pedram! Please, look my response above to Victor.

      Thanks for using My-config

  9. Paul-G
    December 31, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Looked good but;

    Run 1 - Machine locked up
    Re-boot
    Run 2 - BSOD!

    XP Pro, FF 3.5.6

    Shame.

    • Saikat
      January 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

      There is a setting in Ma-Config's Settings which causes BSOD's with some IDE drivers. Could that be a cause?

    • Charon
      January 4, 2010 at 2:40 am

      Paul-G,

      Saikat is right. This problem is well known. It comes from some IDE drivers that are bugged (the my-config plugin interrogates this driver). To solve the problem, it is necessary in the settings to deactivate the both "IDE detection" and "CD/DVD detection" modules. Click on "Save" button and then redetect your configuration.

      Thanks for using My-config

  10. Victor
    December 31, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Just ran Ma-Config. Crashed Firefox. :-(

    • Saikat
      January 2, 2010 at 1:18 am

      There could be an ActiveX issue with your browser. Try it again.

    • Charon
      January 4, 2010 at 4:44 am

      Hi Victor,

      Sorry for this problem. Relaunch FireFox and detect your config again from my-config. Let me known if it works fine. FireFox crashes very rarely after MCC plugin first installation. The NPAPI plugin is nevertheless correctly installed. After browser is restarted, the next detections can be normally entirely achieved.

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