The IT and computer industries are forever changing the definition of fast, be it for computing, internet bandwidth, or transferring data from one device to another. One of the fastest data transfer interfaces in use today is IEEE 1394, which is more colloquially known as FireWire. When it was first invented in the mid 1990′s, it was meant to make transferring large files to your computer from devices such as video cameras much faster and convenient.
Since its original release, it has been undergoing constant improvement to further upgrade its capabilities, increasing not just transfer rates but also adding the support for wireless, fiber optic, and coaxial data transfers. These features make it attractive for all types of computer users, and you’ll probably want to have it installed on your PC as well. However, if you’re running Windows XP, you might run into some problems getting your device to work.
An Aging Workhorse
Windows XP is a decade old, but its continued popularity has seen to it that around 40% of all internet users still use it, even after the release of two successor operating systems. While Windows XP might still be able to support most programs, it is getting woefully behind in the area of hardware support, including that for FireWire devices.
However, you don’t necessarily have to upgrade to a newer OS just to get your device working. Below are a few steps you can try in order to use your FireWire device with Windows XP.
A) Update Your Copy of Windows XP
Even though it;s old, Microsoft still provides support for the os in the form of Service Packs and updates that add support for the latest devices and peripherals. You can visit this site and get the latest updates for your OS.
B) Verify Device Compatibility
Make certain that the device you bought can work with Windows XP in the first place. It’s a simple step, but one that’s often overlooked. All you have to do is visit this exhaustive list of devices and gadgets to find out for certain.
C) Replace or Upgrade your Hardware Drivers
All forms of computer hardware require some sort of program, called a driver, in order to properly interface with your PC. Even devices that don’t ship with driver CDs usually do so in the expectation that the generic drivers pre-loaded onto your OS will make it run.
If your device came with a driver CD, try reinstalling the software. If this fails, your drivers may be well outdated, or maybe even incorrect. To resolve this problem, you will have to visit the device manufacturer’s website, locate their support or downloads page, pick out the appropriate drivers for your OS/device combination, download it, and then install it.
If you’re like most PC users and have neither the time nor the inclination to follow such tedious driver-hunting steps, then you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a much faster and easier alternative. Simply download our Driver Scan Tool and it will do all the work for you, not just for your FireWire device, but also for all the hardware installed on your PC. Try it out and discover the joys of hassle free driver upgrading and installation.