Quite simply, I went into Device Manager (in my administrator account) and uninstalled my Novatel Ovation U727 USB modem and its device drivers
because I was having problems with the modem deactivating itself from the USB port whenever I was online.
I then rebooted and plugged the modem back in, thinking Vista would detect the modem and reinstall the device drivers
for it. However, it seems that uninstalling the device drivers
actually completely purges them from the system. I tried using the Slingshot driver
CD that came with the modem and my Windows DVD to find the missing device drivers.
I then went into Device Manager and searched online for drivers. I was able to retrieve device drivers for two of the four data interfaces that the modem apparently needs drivers for. I was able to get drivers installed for the modem and status port (com 4) components, but apparently there are two others that need device drivers.
I've already looked on Slingshot's website, but they don't have any drivers available.
Windows came with these drivers by default, so there must be a way to retrieve them without completely reinstalling Windows. Would using System Restore get back the uninstalled drivers?
I'm attaching a screencap of my Device Manager to show what I'm talking about.