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Resolving Scanner Compatibility Issues with Windows XP

March 30th, 2011 No comments

One of the most useful devices to become commonplace in the past decade is the scanner. As these machines get better and cheaper, they have become a staple in homes and offices around the world, giving people a way of converting paper photos and documents into electronic images that can be shared with people across the globe.

If you’re an artist, an archivist, or simply someone who needs to have all the latest electronic toys, then it won’t be long before you’ll be connecting one to your PC. Unfortunately, if you’re one of the many computer users still running Windows XP, then you could have a problem getting the device to work right off the bat.

Old, But Not Out

Even five years after the introduction of its first replacement, Windows Vista, and almost two years after the release of Vista’s replacement Windows 7, Windows XP continues to dominate the market with an estimated share of over 40% of all PCs. Its popularity is rooted in its reliability and stability, but it is beginning to show its age when it comes to the ability to support the latest gadgets and peripherals.

Some of the latest printers, scanners, and even DVD drives have shown compatibility issues when connected to machines running Windows XP. While it might scare off a lot of casual users, you’ll be pleased to know that by following a few simple steps, you should be able to resolve these problems without sending back your brand new device or resorting to an OS change.

Get the Right Drivers

A driver is basically the software that interfaces between your PC and your devices. Without the right drivers, your device will be rendered incompatible with your computer. A brand new scanner, as with most peripherals, should come with a CD or DVD containing the appropriate driver for your operating system. In fact, to be absolutely certain, you should first check if the device you buy is supported by Windows XP.

There’s also a chance that the drivers on the CD included with your scanner might not be the latest version. This is why we recommend you should run a system scan to check for and download the latest official driver versions.

Keep Your Windows Up to Date

If the device you bought is listed as supported by Windows XP but can’t seem to install or work properly, then you might not have the most current version of the OS installed. Updates and service packs also contain generic drivers and system files that help keep Windows XP abreast with all the latest hardware developments. Updates for your OS are available from Microsoft’s website here.

 

Download: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec – Driver update: 2.58

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The Realtek HD audio driver package includes: driver setup program, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek SoundEffect Manager, Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use the integrated HD audio.

Realtek HD Audio Drivers is the official driver package for integrated HD audio codecs.

Do you have a 64-bit system? Do not worry: Realtek HD AudioDrivers include files for both 32-bit platforms for 64. Once installed, the driver requires a restart to function properly.

The latest version is 2.58Vista (32 bit).

Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compatible with Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The best series offers 10 channels of DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playbacks, and there are 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. It includes flexible mixing functions of gain, mute, and fine control to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PC entertainment.

It features:

- Meets Microsoft WLP 3.10 and future WLP audio requirements
- Wave RT based audio function driver for Windows Vista
- Direct Sound 3D compatible
- Multi-band equalizer and various software tools are provided
- Microphone Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Noise Suppression (NS) and Beam Forming (BF) for voice

This software requires that you have installed the 32 bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.

We recommend that you download our scanner so you will be able to verify that the file is the correct update for your system.

Updates for your Realtek High Definition Audio Codec Driver are available here.

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec 32 bit, Version 2.58

March 24th, 2011 No comments

This Realtek HD audio driver package includes: driver setup program, drivers for Vista 32-bitedition, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek SoundEffect Manager, Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use integrated HD audio.

Realtek HD Audio Drivers is the official driver package for integrated HD audio codecs and helps your computer’s drivers improve performance for music and games.

The latest version is 2.58Vista (32 bit). It was released on March 24, 2011. Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compatible with Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The best series offers 10 channels of DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playbacks, and there are 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. It includes flexible mixing functions of gain, mute, and fine control to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PC entertainment.

Features include:

- Meets Microsoft WLP 3.10 and future WLP audio requirements
- Wave RT based audio function driver for Windows Vista
- Direct Sound 3D compatible
- Multi-band equalizer and various software tools are provided
- Microphone Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Noise Suppression (NS) and Beam Forming (BF) for voice.

This software requires that you have installed the 32 bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.

How to Install:

First Step: Insert the “Realtek HD Audio Drivers” CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the setup.exe program to start the installation.

Second Step: Click on “Next” to continue the procedure, and then press “Yes” to continue.

Third Step: This is the last step, select to restart the system and press Finish and the installation will be complete.

Click here for a utility that will help locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

You can download drives for Vista and Windows 7 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows 2000/XP/2003)

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The Realtek HD audio driver package includes: Driver setup program, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek Sound Effect Manager and offers the installation wizard in multiple languages.

SOME FEATURES OF HIGH DEFINITION REALTEK AUDIODRIVER:
• COMPATIBLE WITH DIRECT 3D SOUND
• COMPATIBLE WITH A3D
• COMPATIBLE WITH I3DL2
• HRTF 3D Positional Audio
• 26 EMULATION ENVIRONMENT SOUNDS TO IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE  WHEN PLAYING GAMES
• SOFTWARE 10 BAND EQUALIZER
• CANCELLATION OF VOICE AND KEY TO CHANGE IN KARAOKE MODE
• REALTEK MEDIA PLAYER
• PANEL AND ASSISTANT SET FOR IMPROVED DETECTION DEVICE FOR IMPROVED USER EXPERIENCE
• DOLBY DIGITAL ALC882D LIVE
• ALC882H SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY HOMETHEATER
• ALC882M SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY MASTERSTUDIO

Once installed, the driver requires a restart to function properly. Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use the integrated HD audio. Keep their drivers improve performance of the computer to play music and run games.

The latest version is 2.58 for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/ Windows XP, which was released on March 24, 2011.

Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compatible with Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The best series offers 10 channels of DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playbacks, and there are 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. It includes flexible mixing functions of gain, mute, and fine control to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PC entertainment.

How to Install:

First Step: Insert the “Realtek HD Audio Drivers” CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the setup.exe program to start the installation.

Second Step: Click on “Next” to continue the procedure, and then press “Yes” to continue.

Third Step: This is the last step, select to restart the system and press Finish and the installation will be complete.

Click here for a utility that will help locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

You can download audiodrivers for XP, Vista and 07 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/

Driver Update: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit) – Update: 2.58

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The Realtek HD audio driver package includes: driver setup program, drivers for Windows Vista / 7 64-bit.

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 64-bit).

Realtek updated for the first time in 2011, the Realtek sound drivers have been updated to version 2.58. New version of Realtek drivers for integrated motherboard chips, chips for ALC880 Series. The RealtekHigh Definition Audio Driver 2.58 was presented for these Windows operating systems: Vista and Windows 7.

Series Codecs Channel High Definition Audio with UAA (Universal Audio Architecture), Characterized with five DACS stereo of 24-bit and three ADC stereo of 20- Bit are designed for high performances of mutimedia PC systems. This series converter includes patented technology to achieve over the 100dB signal-to-noise in a radio play at a high quality.

The latest version is 2.58Vista (64 bit). It was released on March 24, 2011

How to Install:

First Step: Insert the “Realtek HD Audio Drivers” CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the setup.exe program to start the installation.

Second Step: Click on “Next” to continue the procedure, and then press “Yes” to continue the installation.

Third Step: This is the last step, select to restart the system and press Finish and the installation will be complete.

Click here for a utility that will help you locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

You can download drivers for Vista and Windows 7 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/

Resolving HP Printer Driver Problems for Windows XP

March 23rd, 2011 No comments

If you’re a long time user of Windows XP and you don’t want to upgrade to the newer versions of Microsoft’s operating system, then you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. A whopping 44% of all PCs accessing the internet still run this venerable OS today. As reliable as it is, Windows XP is indeed starting to show its age, especially in the realm of compatibility with the latest hardware, be they sound cards, CD or DVD drives, or even printers.

This has become especially apparent for some Windows XP users who may be having trouble getting the newest printers from HP to work with their PCs. If you’re one such user, then you need not replace your printer or operating system just yet. Here are a few things you can try to resolve your HP printer driver issues.

Updating Windows

Because of its continued popularity, Microsoft still provides support for Windows XP in the form of updates. These generally improve security and functionality and also help keep the operating system compatible with the latest devices by expanding the number of installed hardware drivers in the system. Consequently some of the newest devices, HP printers included, will require that certain updates be installed. You can check for updates for your copy of Windows XP here. If you haven’t bought your HP printer yet and want to know for certain if Windows XP supports it, check out the Windows Catalog of supported hardware components here.

Finding the Right Driver

Drivers and proprietary software for different operating systems are included with any HP printer you purchase. This is no different for Windows XP. Instructions for how to install the driver and printer should be clearly stated. However, there are times when the provided driver might not seem to function properly.

The first thing you should do is to check if it installed properly in the first place.You can do this in two ways. First, you can access the Control Panel and select the Add/Remove Programs function and check if the driver software is listed there. If it is and the printer still refuses to work, try uninstalling the driver and then reinstalling it again.

Another method is to access the Device Manager by right-clicking on the My Computer Icon, selecting Properties, and the clicking the Hardware tab. Click the Device Manager button in this window to reveal all the devices detected by your system. When connected and turned on, your printer should be on the list, along with a diagnostic status from the system, telling you if it is in working order or not. If the driver is missing or improperly installed, it will display a message saying that no drivers could be found for the printer.

If you think that the drivers packaged with your printer are not functioning or outdated, then you could try downloading an updated version from HP’s website here, as well as updates for printer firmware that could increase your device’s efficiency and extend its lifetime.

 

Troubleshooting RealTek Driver Problems for Windows XP

March 16th, 2011 No comments

One of the best things about personal computers is that they can act as an all-in-one entertainment media center, be it for reading the latest books and magazines, watching movies and television, or listening to the most recently released songs. Being able to do this of course, means you need to have all of the necessary hardware in working order.

If you’re one of millions of PC users still running Windows XP, then you know just how hard this task is, as more and more hardware and peripherals manufacturers release products that don’t readily support this old and reliable workhorse operating system. This is particularly apparent with audio cards manufactured by RealTek. Fortunately, this doesn’t necessarily you need to switch operating systems just yet.

A Question of Drivers

The main issue that prevents RealTek’s newer sound cards from working properly with Windows XP has to do with drivers, or the software that manages the interface between any piece of hardware and the installed operating system. Some hardware falls under the classification of ‘Plug and Play’ which means the required drivers are already preloaded into an operating system, with no need for installing any additional software. Some pieces of hardware, such as Realtek’s sound cards, need a driver in order to function properly. The problem seems to be in finding the correct drivers that work with Windows XP.

Finding and Updating Your Drivers

Whether you the sound card you have come integrated with the motherboard or was bought separately, it normally comes with a CD containing the driver. If you have run the CD and restarted the computer without results, there are some steps you can take to rectify the situation. The first thing you need to do is to make sure that this driver is installed on your computer.

To check if it’s installed go to the Control Panel and select Add/Remove Programs. Look for “RealTek HD Audio Driver” on the list of programs. If it is there but the sound card still doesn’t seem to work, then it might not have installed correctly. Select this program on the list and uninstall it. Then try reinstalling the driver and restarting your computer. If after all this your soundcard still doesn’t work, you might have to locate the appropriate driver for your sound card at this website. If you’re not sure exactly how to update your drivers, the provided driver should have a function that allows it to be done automatically.

Updating Windows XP

If none of this seems to work, then the problem could lie in Windows XP itself. Some of the latest hardware being released requires certain Service Packs and updates to be installed. Fortunately, this can be done quite easily by accessing Microsoft’s Windows XP update page. Once the updates are installed, try uninstalling and reinstalling and then updating your drivers again. If this still doesn’t work, then there’s the possibility that the hardware itself might be defective.

You can check the state of your installed hardware by accessing the Device Manager, which can be done by right clicking on the My Computer icon, selecting Properties, clicking on the Hardware tab, and selecting Device Manager. Locate your sound card on the list of devices and see what diagnosis your computer has made about the device.

With a few troubleshooting steps, you can fix your Realtek driver problem in no time.

Repairing Windows XP using the Recovery Console

March 13th, 2011 No comments


NOTE:This solution is only for solving the errors and issues given below, if the computer is not infected by spyware and viruses. The commands given below may rebuild even some heavily infected computers, but there’s no such guarantee. If you doubt that your computer is infected, remove the spyware and viruses first, before trying this procedure.

Many people turn off their computers at night, all over the world, but some people, after turning them on, the next morning, get an error screen instead of the Starting Windows XP screen. The error can be any one of the following, in addition to others:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.

Select ‘R’ at the first screen to start repair.

Windows could not start because the below file is missing or corrupt:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ntoskrnl.exe

Windows could not start because the below file is missing or corrupt:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\HAL.dll 

NTLDR is missing.

Press any key to restart

 

Invalid boot.ini.

Press any key to restart

Now, your computer doesn't boot in the normal way, so you try booting it using the safe mode. But, you still get the same error message. If you are somewhat knowledgeable and know about the recovery console, you boot into the recovery console and try the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands but these too don't help. You want access to some critical data, but how do you access it when Windows won't boot even using the safe mode?

If you call a computer technician, he would most probably tell you that the only solution to these errors is to backup your data by connecting the hard disk to another computer and then reinstalling Windows from scratch. Then, installing and configuring your software programs and restoring your data back. A very cumbersome process and it can take many weeks or even months to configure all your Windows and software settings, the way they were previously. Apart from the time and trouble this would take, you also have to spend a hefty amount for his work.

So, how do you troubleshoot and repair the above errors yourself? Continue reading below.

First, boot into the Recovery Console, using the Windows XP installation CD, or if you have the Recovery Console installed on your hard disk and available as an option in the Windows boot menu, use that.

Most people would have just one Windows installation. However, if you have more than one, select the one that gives the above errors. Once you are in the Recovery Console, type the commands in sequence, given in step 7.

The BOOTCFG /Rebuild command fixes the following:

  • Windows Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
  • Corrupt registry hives (\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\xxxxxx)
  • Invalid BOOT.INI file
  • A corrupt NTOSKRNL.EXE
  • A missing NT Loader (NTLDR)
    The repair process is harmless and may or may not apply to other types of errors and blue screens of death (BSOD), but it’s not guaranteed and xpdrivers won’t be responsible for any harm, it may cause.
  1. After ensuring that the computer BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first, boot your computer with your Windows XP installation CD in the CD drive. If you don’t know how to set the BIOS to boot the computer from the CD, view this page.

    The following YouTube videos would also be helpful:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKaKj6uRLSM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLaoajhiN_k
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exU85jk9UyM

  2. After the computer boots and Windows XP Setup starts, do not select the option which says: "Press F2 to initiate the Automated System Recovery (ASR) tool." Let the Setup proceed till you see the following screen. At this screen, press the letter "R" on your keyboard, to start the Recovery Console.

    Recovery_Console_Welcome_to_Setup_Screen

  3. After pressing the letter R, the Windows XP Setup prompts you to select a valid Windows installation (this would mostly be number "1"). Select the installation number ("1" in most cases) and hit the Enter key. If you had set an administrator password during the initial Windows XP installation, type the password and then hit enter.
  4. If you don’t remember the administrator password, or don’t remember if you had set one or not, try pressing the enter key instead of typing any password. This could work in many cases. 

    But, what to do if the recovery console doesn’t accept a blank password and if you don’t remember the one you had set during installation? Click here to know more, how to recover or reset your Windows XP password with some free tools.

    Once, the Setup accepts the password, it greets you with the following screen, which tells you that the recovery console is ready to accept commands:

    Recovery_console_Admin_Login

  5. There are seven commands which you have to type one by one in sequence to repair any of the above mentioned errors. Type one command per line and hit the enter key after typing each. Remember to replace the drive letter (C: in this case), with the appropriate drive letter for your Windows installation. The commands are:
    • CD .. or CD \
    • ATTRIB –RSH C:\boot.ini
    • COPY C:\boot.ini C:\boot.bak
    • DEL C:\boot.ini
    • BOOTCFG /Rebuild
    • CHKDSK /R
    • FIXBOOT
  6. The first command, CD .. (or CD \) brings you out of the Windows directory, into the root directory, C:.

    Recovery_Console_CD..

  7. Once you’re at the C:\> prompt, you can start repairing XP. First of all, you have to change the attributes of the boot.ini file, which is hidden from normal view. BOOT.INI controls what operating systems the Windows boot process can see, how to load them, and where they’re located on your hard disk. Type the below command at the command prompt and press the enter key. to remove the system, hidden and read-only attributes of boot.ini:

    ATTRIB -RSH C:\boot.ini

  8. After removing the attributes with the above command, make a backup of boot.ini, using the ‘copy’ command. Then, delete the original boot.ini, using the ‘del’ command, as shown below.

    Recovery_Console_del_boot.ini

  9. The BOOTCFG / REBUILD is the most important of all the commands. It searches for existing Windows XP installations, rebuilds essential Windows’ components, recompiles the BOOT.INI file and corrects many common Windows’ errors.

    There are two important steps in this command:

    • You must use the /FASTDETECT as an option to the BOOTCFG command, when the command asks for an OS Load Option.
    • If you have a CPU with the Intel’s XD or AMD’s NX buffer overflow protection, you must also use /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN as an OS Load Option, as shown below. Do not put NOEXECUTE as an OS Load Option if your CPU doesn’t have the Intel’s XD or AMD’s NX buffer overflow protection.
    • For the identifier, you can type "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition", if you have Windows XP Home Edition, for example.Recovery_Console_bootcfg_command
  10. This command checks and fixes any physical errors on the partition containing Windows XP. This is just a simple command, type it at the C:\> prompt:

    CHKDSK /R

    The command can take some time to complete, especially if there are some errors, as it has to check the whole partition. If you don’t learn or understand how to use any other Recovery Console commands, learn this one for sure. In many cases, this single command has fixed computers which wouldn’t boot into Windows. After the command finishes, move on to the last step.

    Recovery_Console_chkdsk_command Recovery_Console_chkdsk_report

  11. This is also a simple command. Just type FIXBOOT at the C:\> prompt. This command writes a new boot sector to the hard drive. Press "Y" when the command asks if you want to write a new boot sector to partition C:, and press the Enter key to confirm.

    Recovery_Console_fixboot_command

  12. The procedure is complete and you can type the command, EXIT, followed by pressing the Enter key, to reboot the computer. If you are lucky, the computer should boot into Windows XP as if nothing had happened. If you were successful in booting into Windows XP, you saved yourself a lot of headache, frustration, data loss and paying big bucks to a computer technician.

Troubleshooting CD/DVD Driver Problems for Windows XP

March 10th, 2011 1 comment

Windows XP is one of the most beloved operating systems ever released, still holding on to a significant chunk of the operating system market even after the release of two successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the old reliable workhorse is beginning to show its age, being unable to run some of the latest games and applications, as well as being left behind in the realm of hardware compatibility.

This is particularly apparent when it comes to the latest CD and DVD drives. Back then, all you had to do was install the hardware onto your PC and your operating system would automatically detect and install the device. This is because Windows XP comes pre-loaded with drivers for such devices, and is able to select the right one for a certain piece of hardware without prompting.

However, as new types and versions of these drives come out, Windows XP’s driver database hasn’t been able to keep up, which is why some people have run into problems getting the operating system to recognize when a new one has been installed. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out Windows XP just yet.

Here are a few things you can do to get your new CD or DVD drive working:

Update To The Latest Service Pack

First of all, try updating your version of Windows XP, checking to see if it has the latest Service Packs and official updates installed. These patches usually come with new drivers for all sorts of devices in order to keep the OS up to date with the latest hardware on the market. If you’re sporting the latest version of Windows XP and still can’t get your drive detected, then you’ll have to follow a few extra steps.

Check The Device Manager

The first thing to do is to verify if the drive is correctly installed onto your system. If you aren’t certain if the drive is installed properly, then you can look it up on the device manager. To access it, simply click Start, right-click on the My Computer icon, and then click on Properties. Once the Properties dialog is on-screen, click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button. Look for your drive on the list of installed devices on your computer. If it’s on the list, it should provide a short description of its status, whether it’s in working order, lacks a driver, or is malfunctioning.

Verify That The Drive Is Compatible

The next thing on your to do list is to determine whether or not the drive you have is on Windows XP’s Hardware compatibility list. This list is constantly updated, and can be found at this website. If the drive that you have is on the list, you should be able to download the appropriate driver from that very website. If your brand new drive isn’t on the list yet, then try contacting its manufacturer. They should provide a driver that allows you to use it with Windows XP. If the drive still doesn’t work after getting the appropriate driver from either Windows or the manufacturer, you might want to double-check if the drive itself still works. That way, you might still be able to get a refund or replacement for the device.

 

Download 3DP Net – Driver Update 11.03

March 3rd, 2011 No comments

A built-in driver installer that is compatible with many Ethernet card models.

3DP Net is an integrated Ethernet card driver installation. It was created to detect network cards and provide the latest driver or the most appropriate. Users can install the driver with a few simple clicks. It will be most useful when reinstalling Windows.

It saves a lot of time for the user because you don’t have to be looking for the correct driver for your formatted PC. It will install the right network for your PC components automatically, it doesn’t matter if you have reinstalled Windows or you are not able to connect to the Internet. And what this new version has to offer is that it updates the drivers and it also fixes bugs. The update was released on March 03, 2011

We recommend that you download our scanner so you will be able to verify that the file is the correct update for your system.

Updates for your 3DP Net Driver are available here.

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