Device Drivers Troubleshooting
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Device Drivers and wondering how to fix it?“ - Christina G., New Zealand
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Overview of Device Drivers
Device drivers serve a very important purpose in your computer. These critical interface files, also known as software drivers, are actually a small computer program that allows hardware and programs to work with your hardware.
Device drivers communicate with the Windows operating system and translate the information of your hardware device (cameras, printers, scanners, etc.) to download and exchange information. This allows all of these devices to work properly with your computer.
If there are problems due to improper installation or missing files, you will find it impossible for your computer to work with your devices. In addition, if you have installed your hardware without the device driver, it will not work correctly. Another common cause of device driver problems is a loose cable between your computer and the device. Finally, having outdated or corrupt device driver files can cause system errors, crashes, and make your hardware behave in strange ways.
All of these issues can be easy to fix, but there are times when you have to have help to get the device drivers working correctly. Understanding that device drivers go hand in hand with the hardware devices that you connect with your computer will allow you to see their importance.
What Problems are Associated with Device Drivers?
If you are having device driver issues, then you most likely are finding that your device and hardware are not working together or not working at all. Whether you are getting an error message or it is just not working the way it is supposed to, your device drivers could be the issue that is causing the problem.
Another sign of device driver issues includes error messages. These messages may crop up in the midst of using the hardware device or they can occur when you are trying to open the program or use it to do a task.
A more serious symptom of problems related to device drivers is when your computer continually restarts when you are trying to use the related device, or trying to open the program for the device. While this can be attributed to other things, if it only occurs when you are using the device, it is a sign that corrupt or outdated device drivers have something to do with it.
Driver problems can be frustrating issues, but most of the time, they can be remedied easily to get you back to using your computer and hardware in the way it was designed.
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I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.
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