Archive for May, 2009

WD Drive Manager Driver Update

May 21st, 2009 1 comment

Western Digital Corporation, or WD, is one of the biggest computer disk drive manufacturers in the world. Every WD hard drive comes with one to five years warranty. It’s included in the retail price, but this provides the customer the choice of buying an item with longer warranty span on its website.

The present industry standard warranty is three years, while its other competitors used to offer 5 years of warranty for all its drives. The manufacturer just decided to move it back to its three-year warranty due to its bulk (bare/OEM) consumer-level drives.

Along with each hard drive comes the software called the WD Drive Manager. This program installs the Drive related light, button and RAID Manager program for Windows, replacing the former WD Button Manager program.

If you’re using an old model computer, then your system may no longer be supported by the latest driver updates from WD. However, you can still download version 2.111 (May 21, 2009) by simply clicking on this link. This driver update can be installed on computer systems that run on Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Aside from using the appropriate driver update for your storage device, you might also want to check the rest of your system by using the Driver Update Utility.

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What are Driver Errors?

A driver is a small file that helps a computer communicate with a certain hardware device. (Such as audio/video controllers, printers, scanners, etc.) It contains information the computer needs to recognize and control the device. In Windows-based PCs, a driver is often packaged as a dynamic link library, or .dll file.

Most driver errors occur because:

  • They are incompatible with the operating system
  • There is a missing or busy resource
  • There is something corrupt in the driver or the operating system component causing buffer errors in the system
  • The driver is poorly designed with low frame rates which can reduce your system stability and performance
  • The registry entries may be corrupt or incorrect

Here are some examples of common driver errors, generated due to a missing or damaged driver file.

STOP: 0xc0000221 [Unable to load device driver] DriverName

STOP: 0xc000026C [Unable to load device driver] DriverName

STOP: 0xc0000221. Bad image check sum, the image NV4_disp.dll is possibly corrupt. The header check sum does not match the computed check sum.

Most often, the error message won’t indicate the cause of the problem. You’ll have to isolate the problem by checking the device settings.

To check your device settings, follow the instructions below:

Click on Start, and then right click on My Computer

Click on the Start menu, then right click on My Computer

Click on Properties, then click on the Hardware tab. Next Click on Device Manager.

Click on Properties, then click on the Hardware tab. Next Click on Device Manager. The Device Manager provides you with information related to devices installed on your system. You can browse through various component categories to identify the device with conflicts. Double-clicking the problematic device will enable you to open a new dialog box that will give you information related to the nature of the problem.

Most hardware problems are due to a faulty device driver. To fix these problems, you can choose to upgrade to a new driver version, rollback to an older version, or reinstall the device driver. You can also use the recovery console to replace the corrupt driver file with the original file.

To reinstall the driver, open Device Manager and navigate to the hardware you need to reinstall. Right-click the device and select the Uninstall. Next, select OK and then Yes to restart your computer. When you restart your computer, your Windows system will automatically detect the hardware and attempt to install the driver for it.

To upgrade the driver for your hardware, click here to run a free scan, then download the updated driver. Install the driver software and restart your computer.

To rollback a driver to a previous version, first identify the hardware in the Device Manager window. Next, right-click the hardware and select Properties. In the properties dialog box of the hardware, select the Driver tab, and finally click the Roll Back Driver button to restore the previously installed driver.

If all else fails, restart your computer with the Windows XP CD-ROM and select ‘R’ from the Welcome to Setup screen to open the Recovery Console. Login using the administrator password and run the command “cd windows\system32\drivers”. Next, rename the damaged driver file by running the “ren DriverName.sys DriverName.bak”. Now copy the original driver file from the Windows XP CD-ROM to the Drivers folder by running the command ‘copy CD-Drive:\i386 DriverName‘. Finally, exit the recovery console and restart the system.

If none of the above suggestions fix the problem, you might have to reinstall or replace the hardware. If the errors still persist, then you might need to restore or reinstall the operating system.

You can also  scan your system registry using a reliable registry cleaner software. This software helps you to eliminating unwanted and corrupt entries from the registry, thereby enabling you to prevent the occurrence of frequent errors on your PC.

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CrystalCPUID Driver Update

May 9th, 2009 No comments

The CrystalCPUID is a useful application from hiyohiyo that shows comprehensive data regarding the cache, bios and the chipset. This software has a real time clock verifier and it works for the modification of the multiplier and systems voltage having processor platform of AMD K7/K8.

CrystalCPUID key features are: Change Wallpaper, EM64T/AMD64 Support, Change Dialog Font, SpeedStep Control from Intel, Change Dialog Font, Control for Voltage/GeodelX Multiplier, K8/K6/K7 AMD, BIOS Information, Multiplier Control for VIA C3/CyrixIII, Chipset/VGA information, Multiplier Management, PCI Device List, MSR Walker/MSR Editor, Multi-Processor, Clock, Code Name, Cache, Process Rule, System Clock, CPUID, Multiplier and Feature Flags.

Crystal CPUID is a CPU identification utility which is advanced in displaying comprehensive data regarding processor/s. Supplementing the information of the entire CPU it lets you see all features that are supported such as the BIOS data, cache and chipset. It also includes advanced features like AMD K6/K7/K8/GeodeLX Multiplier/Voltage control and VIA CyrixIII/C3 Multiplier control, Intel SpeedStep control. This also includes an installation-free Standalone real-time CPU timer.

This latest update of CrystalCPUID version was added May 9, 2009 and was released May 8 of the same year. This application works on Windows NT 4, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows, 98, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

CrystalCPUID is a motherboard driver that costs nothing to download so you can use it right away and for as long as you want to. You can download your updated CrystalCPUID here to start using its features and experience its benefits today.


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Disc Ejector Driver Update

May 2nd, 2009 No comments

CD and DVD drive related problems happen more often than other computer hardware issues. If you try to double press the eject button twice, it will only keep the CD or DVD inside rather than to come out. As much as possible, do not press the eject button more than once to prevent damage on your CD/DVD drive or media disc.

If the drive is playing or reading information from the media disc, just give it a few moments to terminate any programs safely until it comes out of the drive. However, if the hardware is not playing the disc, see if the power supply is connected properly to the socket and to the back of the drive.

Restart your computer and try to insert some other discs. If the disc is not ejected after this, restart the PC again, enter the system’s BIOS and see if the drive is registered in the BIOS. Sometimes you have to enter CMOS and enable the drive. If the BIOS still doesn’t register the hardware, it could mean an ATA drive failure.

In some cases, the entire computer shakes and produces noise as the CD’s and DVD’s spin. See if the drive is properly mounted with screws. If the problem only occurs on a few discs, then the problem is more likely on the discs and not on the hardware.

However, if you notice that the problem is with the drive, then you might as well contact a computer support center or you could go online to get some troubleshooting instructions. But before you open your computer, see to it that no software is disabling your drive.

One way to check this is to reboot your PC and hit the eject button on your drive before the system loads right after restarting. Some media player application can lock the eject button. You may want to disable the eject button lock or you can use a disc ejecting software.

Disc Ejector is a small utility software that runs in background and lets you control disc drives using the taskbar. A lot of users damage their disc drives by pushing the tray when inserting a CD or DVD. This program prevents unintentional damage to the drive by automatically opening and closing the drive tray. This is a handy tool for laptop users since it includes features such as scheduled autoclose, enable or disable autorun, view drive & disc information, browse as well as disc insert notification.

You can download the 15-day trial version of Disc Ejector v1.1 or you can purchase its full version for only $10.00. This driver update was released on May 02, 2009 and it is now compatible with Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista as well as Windows 7.

Once this software is installed on your computer, a CD icon will appear and right clicking it will give you options like opening and closing the drive tray.

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