Update Internet Drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
Almost everyone is wired to the internet nowadays. To connect to the internet, most computers use a LAN card, a device that allows you to plug your Ethernet cable from your router, cable box, or elsewhere, and a wireless card, a device that allows you to surf the net in wireless hotspots. However, both devices would not work without an internet driver.
A driver is a software that connects the computer’s main unit to external or other hardware. The driver serves to communicate the messages from the computer to the device, and vice versa, for the proper functioning of the device. Internet devices then need internet drivers like that of Dell, Intel, and HP to reach the computer and then connect to the internet.
The most common problem of users with drivers that are either broken or improper is that the user cannot connect to the internet. Unfortunately, with the internet being such a necessity today, this is a big inconvenience to users.
Other issues include the following:
- Blue Error Screen: Often called the blue screen of death, this is the blue e that pops up when there is an error in using the internet. This problem can cause more problems later on, if not solved as soon as it appears.
- Driver Failure: A driver failure window pops up in some users’ computer when there is no internet connection. As long as the window appears, the internet connection is not restored.
There are two ways to solve problems brought about by the internet cards not being able to connect to the internet and ultimately, dysfunctional internet drivers. The first way is to enable network devices. Network devices might be disabled in the computer’s control panel settings. To enable network devices, follow these steps:
- Go to your computer’s Control Panel.
- Go to Device Manager.
- Select the Network Devices tab and from the list, right-click the name of the network device.
- Enable the network device if there is an enable option.
If there is no enable option, the network device must be already working, and the problem must be on the driver itself. The next way is to re-download the drivers from the internet:
- Use a different computer to connect to the internet.
- Search for the name of the hardware on a search engine.
- Find the right, virus-free download.
- Transfer the file to the computer unable to connect to the internet and install the new driver.
After accomplishing the above steps, your internet drivers are expected to work properly again. If the driver you installed turned out to be the wrong driver, search for a software online that would help address the wrong installation and will recommend what correct driver to install.
If the problem persists, it is advisable to contact your local computer repair shop for technical assistance.
Click here for a tool that will help locate and install the correct driver for your system, as well as automatically update any other system drivers you may have.