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Driver Errors – Missing Hardware

December 14th, 2007 No comments

A device driver or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device. The driver is a computer program that facilitates communication between another program or application (like a video game, your mouse or printer) and the specific hardware devices. This makes hardware drivers very important parts of our system. If somehow our drivers are missing or driver files are corrupted, the associated hardware device will work below its performance, or not work at all. Below are some common events triggered by missing hardware drivers:

  • Games do not work – display adapter drivers are missing or corrupted
  • Internet and LAN connections do not work – network adapter drivers are missing or corrupted
  • Printer/Scanner does not work – hardware drivers are missing or corrupted
  • Audio does not work – Audio hardware drivers are missing or corrupted
  • Your brand new joystick/gamepad is not recognized by Windows – hardware drivers are missing or corrupted

Every hardware device has its own driver. If the driver is unavailable (missing, unrecognized, or corrupted), the hardware device also becomes unavailable. Windows offers support for thousands of hardware devices, but it simply cannot feature support for all of them. Even if you manage to install a driver through Windows, it is probablyoutdated. Although the hardware device will work, it will frequently experience errors, crashes, or freezes. Overall, your Windows will work slow, and crash frequently.

If your mainboard (motherboard) drivers are missing, all of your hardware devices (even those with the latest drivers installed) will behave strange. Some might not work at all, while some might work until another error stops them. As you can see, missing hardware drivers can generate a lot of errors and make your Windows almost unusable. Here are a few fatal errors you might encounter:

  • STOP: 0xc000026C Unable to load device driver DriverName
  • STOP: 0xc0000221 Unable to load device driver DriverName
  • STOP: 0xc0000221. Bad image check sum, the image user32.dll is possibly corrupt. The header check sum does not match the computed check sum.

Errors also include the famous blue screen (also called the blue screen of death). When the blue screen is displayed, your computer has no alternative but to restart Windows. There is no escape from this error. The error message can be something like below:

0X000000A0 (0X00000002, 0X0007011E, 0X0000000, 0X0000000) INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR

Although it does not look like a driver error, it is! The device driver for the keyboard device is preventing the machine from entering sleep mode.

If you are experiencing errors like this, try running a driver check to see if your drivers are up to date.

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