Archive for March, 2012

Using Device Manager in Windows XP To Enable A Device

March 28th, 2012 No comments

If you have any plans of using a hardware for your computer, you must first enable it in the Device Manager so that Windows XP will recognize is at existing. If you fail to enable it on your computer, you cannot assign it its own system resources thus, making it basically useless.

The good thing is, Windows XP can alert users about hardware that are not yet enabled by displaying a red ‘x’ in Device Manager beside the disabled hardware. To enable hardware device from Window XP’s Device Manager, below are easy to follow steps in doing so:

1. Open Device Manager from your computer’s Computer Management utility and locate the hardware device that you are planning to enable. You can navigate through different categories by clicking the [+] icon to see the complete list of hardware devices available.

3. After locating the Device usage option, enable the Use this device option and click OK

4. After doing so, you will notice the red x being removed from the Device Manager window. if a yellow exclamation point replaces it, you would be required to troubleshoot the problem separately. This is because the yellow exclamation point icon is basically to warn you of different issues related to the hardware’s configuration.

If you want to verify if the hardware device is already working properly, you can do so by then, to ensure that all features are updated and so that you can use the device properly.

Updating Windows XP Drivers

March 22nd, 2012 No comments

One of the most effective solutions when a hardware is experiencing technical difficulties would be to update its drivers. This is a common way of dealing with hardware problems in Windows XP, especially if the device does not install automatically and when a Device Manager error code pops up. Besides, updating drivers will also give you the chance to enjoy additional features for the hardware.

Below is an easy to follow direction on how to update drivers in the Device Manager option in Windows XP:

1. Download and extract all necessary driver files from the hardware maker or manufacturer, but there are also other means of getting these files. Updating drivers can also be done via Windows Update, or you can use the installation disc that comes with the purchase of the hardware.

2. Open the Device Manager option from the Windows XP Computer Management utility

3. Locate the device whose drivers you want to update

4. Right click on the device’s name or icon, and choose Properties and select the Driver tab

5. Click the Update Driver option to start the Hardware Update Wizard

6. A pop up question stating Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software will appear, wherein you have to answer it with ‘No, not this time’ option and click the Next button.

7. Choose the Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) button and click the Next button

8. Choose the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install>Next>Have Disk buttons, so that you can select the device driver that you want to install and update. From the Install from Disk dialog box, click the Browse button

9. Navigate to the folder that you have extracted from the driver download and click the  INF file to open it.

10. Click the OK button and choose the ‘Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware’  option, and click Next. This will prompt the Hardware Update Wizard to use the instructions from the INF file to update the driver for your chosen hardware. If there are any additional instructions prompted on the screen, just follow them to successfully complete the driver update

11. Restart your computer to complete the installation and driver updated.