If you have an Acer computer or notebook and are experiencing issues with device drivers …
sometimes it’s easier to use the Acer driver installation disc that came with your computer rather than trying to hunt down each driver individually.
If you can’t find your Acer driver disc, don’t despair, you can also download drivers from the Acer website.
How do you know that your Acer computer needs its drivers replaced? Device drivers are small programs that Windows uses to communicate with the hardware installed. Like any program, device drivers can get damaged. They often contain multiple files including DLL files that often get overwritten, deleted, or replaced by other applications.
For example, when uninstalling unwanted programs, you’ll often be prompted to remove “shared” system files that are no longer needed. However, those shared files could very well be part of a device driver. When the files are removed, the device no longer functions properly.
Device drivers also occasionally conflict when new applications or devices are added to the system. When this happens, your computer may crash or the device may malfunction. Replacing the Acer driver can resolve these issues.
To check your Acer devices, you can use the built-in Device Manager utility. This utility is found in the System section of the Control Panel. If you have Windows 11, simply typing “Device Manager” into the Search Bar will call up this small program. When you open Device Manager, you’ll see a list of all of the installed devices on your Acer computer with the exception of printers. If you see any devices with an exclamation point inside of a yellow triangle, then those devices are malfunctioning.
If you have the original Acer driver disc, insert it in the disc drive and instruct Device Manager to install the driver from the disc by double clicking the malfunctioning device, clicking the Driver tab, and selecting Update Driver. Choose Browse My Computer for Driver Software and point to your disc drive.
If you do not have the original Acer driver disc, you’ll need to download the drivers from the manufacturer. You have two choices. You can either go directly to the device manufacturer’s website and download the drivers there or you can go to the Acer website and download devices for your exact model computer.
Acer has sets of device drivers available on their website specifically for each type of computer they make. For example, if you have an Acer Aspire 5602 series notebook, you can download device drivers for hardware specific to your computer including Broadcom 2045 Bluetooth 2.0 USB drivers, Agere Systems HDA modem drivers, and many others.
The advantage of getting Acer drivers from the Acer website is that you don’t have to do as much investigative work. All you need to know is what model computer you have and which device is malfunctioning (which you’ve identified by seeing the yellow symbols in Device Manager). Acer has already selected the correct drivers for your computer making it a simple matter of downloading and installing.
On the other hand, if you will be downloading the Acer driver from the manufacturer’s website such as the Bluetooth device manager, you will need to know exactly which Bluetooth device you have and what version it is. You may have several different download choices including generic drivers, unsigned drivers, signed drivers, official versions, and drivers for different operating systems. While this isn’t terribly complicated, there’s more work involved.
You can also use Device Manager’s Update Driver function to automatically search for updated drivers online. This option doesn’t always yield results but it’s fairly easy to do. Simply double click the device, choose the Driver tab, and click Update driver. This time, choose the option that automatically searches for updated device drivers. If any are found, they will be installed.
If your Acer computer needs to have its device drivers repaired, you can fix them using several techniques including using the Acer driver disc, downloading drivers from Acer, downloading drivers from individual manufacturers or using the search feature in Device Manager.
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