Since device drivers tend to work in the background, many of us don’t realize errors caused by device drivers when we see them. It’s also hard to know how to repair any problems caused by device drivers. If you find yourself repeatedly seeing errors that seem to be caused by a device driver or find one of your devices isn’t working properly because of driver errors, here are some possible solutions.
First, try reinstalling the driver. If you have the disk that came with your hardware, this won’t be a problem. Just load it into your computer and either select install (this will overwrite the previously installed drivers) or, if you get the option, have the wizard try to repair the installed drivers. Most of this time, reinstalling the drivers will fix the problem and have your computer and all devices running normally again.
However, if you don’t have the original disk, you’ll need to do some searching. The first place to go is the hardware manufacturer’s website. Since a lot of disks get lost or damaged over the years, manufacturers have started making their current device drivers available on their website. All you have to do is download them and click on the install wizard. If you can’t find the drivers you need, email the company. Often, they have a solution that will work for you.
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You may also be able to have Windows reinstall the driver automatically. Windows includes a listing of many common drivers, and often, even if it doesn’t have the exact device drivers for your hardware, it has a generic driver that will work. If you can’t find the manufacturer’s drivers, you can always try deleting the driver and reinstalling it using Window’s install wizard. Often, the wizard will find drivers that work with your hardware.
Another problem that sometimes arises with device drivers is a registry conflict or error. The Windows registry is a big database of every program and piece of hardware you’ve installed on your computer. In theory, every time you remove a program or device, the corresponding registry entries are deleted. However, this isn’t always what happens. Sometimes, entries get left undeleted, and these can cause conflicts. For example, if you replace your mouse, the registry entries for the old mouse should be deleted, but if they aren’t for some reason, your computer will find two entries for the registry entry. This can lead to error messages. To correct these types of errors, you need to get a registry cleaner program. These can be found by searching on the internet, and many of them are available for free.
These common device driver errors are all fairly easy to fix, especially if you have the original driver disk. There are a couple of cases, however, where it can be difficult repairing the drivers. Things become more difficult to fix if your graphics card drivers, monitor drivers, keyboard drivers, or mouse drivers go out. After all, you can’t exactly work in Windows if your monitor won’t display anything! If any of these go out, the best solution is to borrow a generic, basic monitor, mouse, or keyboard. If you can find one that works, you should be able to reinstall your other device’s drivers and then switch back to that device.