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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.

Doing A Factory Reset On Your BlackBerry PlayBook

February 13th, 2012 No comments

There are many reasons why you need to regularly update your BlackBerry PlayBook’s driver, as well as do a factory reset on it. This includes preparing your device for rooting, downgrading or upgrading its OS, or even for fixing a nuked or bricked tablet. You will know that it will need resetting when it continuously reboots and the LED keeps on blinking even when it’s turned off. The good thing is, you can still fix such problems and you can start by doing a factory reset on your device.

Before beginning the process, keep in mind that doing a factory reset on your device will completely wipe off all information and data stored on your BlackBerry PlayBook. if you have any plans on downgrading/upgrading your OS or rooting your device, make sure that you make a backup of its data so that you can install them again after successfully finishing the process. When it is bricked however, there is no way that you can recover any of its data after doing a factory reset on it.

How to reset your PlayBook

When resetting your PlayBook, make sure that your drivers are updated as well as the latest version of the BlackBerry Desktop Software is installed.

  • Start the Desktop Software on your computer
  • Turn off your PlayBook
  • Connect your device to the computer via USB connection
  • After receiving the error message stating that the Desktop Software is unable to connect to your PlayBook, click the Update button and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Wait until the Desktop Software is finished downloading and installing the updated OS
  • After finishing with the update, choose the language, edit the time and sign in on your device using your BlackBerry ID.

Update Your BlackBerry Device Driver Manually

February 13th, 2012 No comments

BlackBerry is one of the most popular phones nowadays and with the number of new models released for the past few months, it is important for any BlackBerry owners to update drivers on their computer so that they can update their device’s OS or charge it via USB connection.

The BlackBerry USB drivers are available for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Servers 2000 to 2008. These drivers are readily available on the Windows Update site and by downloading them, you can charge your BlackBerry smartphone on your computer, even if you do not have the BlackBerry Desktop Manager installed.

Those who own older versions of the BlackBerry USB driver and has it installed on their computer, can go to the Windows Update site to download a driver update.

Why an update is important

An error message would appear every time a BlackBerry smartphone is connected via USB to a computer that does not have an updated driver installed on it.

Keep in mind that the BlackBerry Device Manager is will not be updated or installed when installing or upgrading the BlackBerry USB driver from the official Windows Update site.. Instead, it will be automatically installed with any third-party software or the BlackBerry device itself, which will require the BlackBerry Device Manager to operate.

How to update the driver

  1. Right-click My Computer and then select Properties.
  2. Choose the Hardware Tab and click the Device Manager option.
  3. Click the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand the available options.
  4. Right-click the BlackBerry Device and select its Properties.
  5. Choose the Update Driver Option.
  6. Select Install from a list or a specific location before clicking on Next.
  7. Uncheck the Search Removable media option
  8. Click the Include this location in the search option
  9. Select Browse and go the folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\USB Drivers and click OK
  10. Click Finish

Updating and Rooting Your Motorola To Android 4.0

February 12th, 2012 No comments

Apple is threatened by the increasing popularity of Android devices and with the continuous updates being released by Android, it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of consumers prefer buying Android smart phones over iPhones.

To make the most out of your Android device, you could root it so that you can install more apps, or you can update it to the latest Android 4.0 software version. If you own a Motorola smartphone, you will be happy to know that developers in the CyanogenMod community have made it possible for you to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although this is still in beta mode and there are bugs that should be fixed, updating your device’s software can do a lot, especially since Motorola uses old hardware.

Just like in updating your computer’s drivers, updating your phone’s software will give you a loft of freedom to do more on your phone.

Pre-requisites

Before proceeding with the rooting and update process, keep in mind that the process enumerated below is not applicable to phones that are locked to certain network carriers. If you force to do it on a network-locked phone, you may just do more damage to your device. Before updating your Motorola handset to the latest Android 4.0 software, make sure that you have successfully rooted it first and downloaded Google Apps on the device.

Instructions

  • Make sure that you have installed the correct driver so that your computer will recognize the device once plugged in via USB cable. Copy the downloaded ZIP files on your phone’s memory card.
  • Disconnect the phone from the computer
  • Enable USB debugging by going to Settings. Click Applications > Development >USB Debugging.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Boot your phone into recovery by pressing and holding the X button, and by pressing the power button afterwards.
  • Go into the recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume UP button, and by pressing the Camera button.
  • Clear the storage of your device to clear out any data from your phone’s previous ROM
  • Select Install ZIP from SD Card, and choose the CyanogenMod file. The installation process may take from five to ten minutes.
  • Reboot your phone’s system to finish the installation process.

Since the Android 4.0 Software Update is not an official release nor it is supported by Motorola, make sure that you copy instructions carefully to avoid any problems.

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Driver Update For Your Microphone

February 6th, 2012 No comments

The hardware devices of a computer that’s running on a Windows OS need a specific driver for them to work properly. With the correct driver, hardware devices such as the microphone, graphics card and sounds card, can communicate with the the computer’s other components, as well as the motherboard and processor. If you experience any problems and malfunctions on your device, one of the most probable reasons would be an outdated driver. By updating and installing the latest driver, you can fix the problem in no time.

Why update your driver

One of the reasons why you need to update your microphone driver is to make it compatible with your updated operating system. If you have an outdated driver in your system, chances are it will not function the way it was designed to. Once you update your microphone driver, Microsoft will automatically search for the most recent updates on the World Wide Web, and install them automatically on your computer.

Step by step instructions

If you want to update the microphone of your computer, below is a step by step instruction to do so.

1. Click the My Computer icon on the desktop. On the menu, click Properties for the system properties window to open.

2. Click the tab named ‘Hardware’ on the system properties window, and click on the Device Manager window. This will show different categories of available hardware devices on  your computer.

3. Choose the Sound, Video and Game Controllers option to open a menu of available devices. Double click the microphone to load the driver. This will open a device properties window.

4. Click the Driver tab and click the update driver button to initiate the driver update wizard.

5. Choose the Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software for Windows to locate updated drivers on the World Wide Web. Once it has successfully located one, it will install automatically.

How To Root Your Nook Tablet

January 20th, 2012 No comments

If you already have a Nook Tablet and you plan of using it to its full potential, one of the first things that you need to do is to root it, to allow Android ROM to run on your tablet.

Below is a step by step instruction on how to root your Nook Tablet on a Windows OS. Before doing this, make sure that all your drivers are updated and compatible with your current OS, so that it will be easier to root your device.

Enable the USB debugging mode

If you have already tried rooting other Android devices, you should now know the enabling the USB debugging mode is one of the most important steps that you need to do, in order to hack your Nook tablet. This is usually easy to find, although it is hidden on the Nook Tablet. To enable it, download the APK and install it. It will open a message saying, ‘Install Blocked’. All you need to do is click the Settings in order to access the hidden settings menu. Check the box to allow installation for sources that are unknown. Finally, hit the ‘Development’ option and check the two boxes for USB debugging.

Download and extract

Download the necessary USB drivers. Make sure that you check first whether or not they are compatible with your OS.

Install the drivers

After downloading the drivers, install everything by opening your Device Manager.

Root

Run the NookandZergy.bat, where a dialogue pop up will show the device number. Click ‘Y’ to continue, and then again for rooting the device.

Install Apps via the Android Market

The same NookandZergy.bat window will display a command prompt asking whether or not you wan to install gApps on your device. Click ‘Yes’. After doing so, restart your Nook Tablet to finish the installation process.

After it has successfully rebooted, disconnect the device from your PC. You will then see that your Nook Tablet is now running on a third-party launcher, where you can access different apps and download them from the Android Market.

Rooting Your Kindle Fire

January 19th, 2012 No comments

The Kindle Fire is the recently released eBook reader by Amazon, which made it possible for a lot of book lovers to read their favorite novels on the go. To make use of the tablet’s full potential, you would need to hack or ‘root’ the Amazon Fire Kindle,so that you can install the Android ROM and download apps from the Android Market. For you to do this however, you need to make sure that your drivers are updated and that the driver for your Kindle Fire is fully compatible with your OS.

Below is the step by step instruction on how you can root your Kindle Fire and enjoy its full potential as a tablet.

  • Make sure that your Kindle Fire is turned on, and tap the top bar located near the Wi-Fi and battery icons. Choose More from its drown-down menu, click Device, and turn on the Allow Installation of Applications on.
  • Download from the Android Developer Site the Android SDK.
  • Download the latest Java Development Kit, and make sure that it is compatible with your computer’s OS. Install this file before installing the Android SDK.
  • Install the Android SDK file by following the prompted instructions. Once it has finished installing, it will automatically open and give you a list of available software packages for download. Install the pre-checked packages and make sure that the Google USB driver is also checked.
  • After successfully installing the SDK, you will have to make two modifications for you to root your Kindle Fire. To do this, you will need to open your User Account in Windows to access the .android directory. Open the file named adb_usb.ini using the Notepad and add the following lines at the bottom of the document:

;Kindle Fire
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

  • Save the changes and exit from Notepad.
  • Plug your Kindle Fire into your computer. Open the Android SDK and make sure that it recognizes your device. Open the Command Prompt and navigate to the Android SDK.
  • Type in the following on the command prompt:

cd C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\

  • Type: adb kill-server, press enter, and type adb devices to direct you to a list of devices attached to your Android SDK. There, you will see whether the Kindle is recognized or not. Once it is recognized, you can now root your Kindle.
  • Download the SuperOneClick, install the app, open the program, and click Root. Let the program finish the process. Type in adb kill-server to the command prompt once again, and press enter. Safely remove your device before unplugging the device from your computer.

Congratulations! You have now successfully rooted your Kindle Fire! Now you can enjoy downloading apps and making the most out of your tablet device.

 

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Updating Your Webcam Driver

January 13th, 2012 No comments

Webcams are great ways of connecting with your friends and family living on the other side of the world. If unfortunately your laptop is not equipped with a webcam, then you may have to buy one separately just to do video calling with your computer. However, if it stopped working after a few months of using it, there is no need to rush into getting it back to the store for a warranty because you may only need to update the driver on your computer.

Check cablesOne of the possible reasons why your webcam stopped working would be loose cable connections. This makes it important for you to check the cables to ensure whether or not your webcam is connected to your computer.

Once your webcam stopped working, you could re-seat the cable by unplugging the USB connector and plugging it back again to the computer.  Since most USB hubs have the tendency to distort the signal, this technique can do the trick in fixing your webcam connection.

Make sure Windows recognize your webcam

When installing a driver for your webcam, one of the first things that you have to check is whether or not it is compatible with your OS. To check if your current OS recognizes the webcam you have recently installed, follow the short instruction guide below:

1. Go to the Start Menu and type in Device Manager into the search bar, and press enter.

2. Click Continue and look for the category named, ‘Other Devices’. If you see the webcam’s icon with a yellow triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it, you may need to install an updated driver to continue using your device.Updating your webcam drivers

When manually updating your webcam driver, one of the first steps is to visit the official website of your webcam’s manufacturer to download the right installer for your OS. You can do so by following the steps below:1. Go to the official website and choose the Product Support tab.

2. Click the Detect Devices for the site to automatically scan your computer for yoru device. Click the model of the webcam and your current OS to download the right driver for your computer.

3. Download and save the file to your computer. Once it has finished downloading, follow the prompts until the file installs itself on your computer.

The good thing is, there are now software programs available that could automatically update any drivers on your computer. This will make it easier for you to update any outdated drivers and to check if there are currently installed devices and drivers that are not compatible with your OS.

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Update Your Modem Driver In Five Steps

December 2nd, 2011 No comments

A modem is a hardware device that is connected internally or externally on your computer. It receives and sends data over cable and phone lines, and is usually used for connecting to the Internet. Modem drivers on the other hand, are software programs that allow proper communication between your computer’s operating system and the modem.

Failing to update your modem driver may lead to problems such as malfunctioning of the device and crashing of your operating system. By updating your modem driver, you can improve the performance of your modem and at the same time, fix any bugs in your old driver version. Below is an easy to follow instruction on downloading and installing updated modem driver.

Updating your modem driver

  • Connect to the internet and search for the latest driver of your modem. You can do this by visiting the modem’s manufacturer website or by searching Google or Yahoo. You can also use our driver installer to automatically identify and download the correct driver for your modem.
  • Click the Start button which can be found on the lower left corner of your computer’s screen, and click the ‘Control Panel’ option
  • In the Control Panel option, you will find the Hardware and Sound icon. Click it and choose Device Manager.
  • Click the ‘+’ sign to expand the ‘Modems’ option. Look for your modem’s name and right click on the icon. Choose the ‘Uninstall’ option and click OK to confirm. The next thing that you need to do is restart your computer to completely uninstall your current modem driver
  • Open the modem driver file you recently downloaded and start the installation process. After successfully installing the modem driver, restart your computer to complete the process.

Besides making sure that your modem driver is updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

 

 

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Update Your Printer Driver For High Quality Printing Job

November 29th, 2011 No comments

A driver is a word used for describing the software that your computer needs for your printer to work correctly. By downloading the printer on your computer, you can change the settings such as the print quality and paper size, for any print job that you want to do. With the help of the internet, you can easily find and download the printer driver that you need for high quality prints.

Failing to update your printer driver can cause headaches in the future, especially if the file is already outdated or if your driver becomes corrupted, causing your PC to crash. By updating your printer driver, you are sure that bugs are fixed, stability is improved, and new features are included. This will be especially helpful if you have installed a new version of OS or if you are currently experiencing printing problems.

How to discover outdated printer driver

  • Click the Start button and type in devices and printers in the search box to bring you to the ‘Devices and Printers’ panel. This will show you a complete list of the available printers on your computer’s system
  • If your available printer shows a yellow exclamation point icon beside it, then it would be a good idea to download new drivers already
Update your outdated driver
  • Confirm your printer’s model by checking the printer itself, or by checking in the ‘Devices and Printers’ panel
  • Go to the official website of your printer manufacturer and click the Support and Drivers option. This will direct you to the Download drivers and softwareoption. Type in the name and model number of your printer on the search bar, and press enter
  • Select your current operating system to download the compatible driver for your printer. Wait for a few minutes until download is complete.

Besides making sure that your printer driver is updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.