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Understanding Different Device Manager Error Codes

May 12th, 2012 1 comment

Device Manager error codes pertain specifically to issues in the Device Manager of your computer. These messages are generated when the device that you are trying to access cannot be started or when you encounter issues on the device drivers, hardware problems, or system resource conflicts.

Whenever trying to troubleshoot issues on your computer, make sure that you already know that Device Manager error codes are different from system error codes, even though they both display the same code numbers at times. Whenever you see the error code outside the Device Manager area, then you can breathe a sigh of relief since it is not a Device Manager error code.

If you are unfamiliar with the different kinds of error codes for your computer’s Device Manager, below are some of the code errors you may encounter:

Code 1

‘This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)’

Code 3 

‘The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources. (Code 3)’

Code 10

‘This device cannot start. (Code 10)’

Code 12

‘This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system. (Code 12)’
Code 14
‘This device cannot work properly until you restart your computer. (Code 14)
Code 16
‘Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. (Code 16)’
Code 18
‘Reinstall the drivers for this device. (Code 18)’
Code 19
‘Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. To fix this problem you should uninstall and then reinstall the hardware device. (Code 19)’
Code 21
‘Windows is removing this device. (Code 21)’
Code 22
‘This device is disabled. (Code 22)’
Code 24
‘This device is not present, is not working properly, or does not have all its drivers installed. (Code 24)’
Code 28

 ‘The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)’

Code 29

‘This device is disabled because the firmware of the device did not give it the required resources. (Code 29)’
Code 31
‘This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)’
Code 32
‘A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)’
Code 33
‘Windows cannot determine which resources are required for this device. (Code 33)’
Code 34
‘Windows cannot determine the settings for this device. Consult the documentation that came with this device and use the Resource tab to set the configuration. (Code 34)’
Code 38
‘Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)’
Code 39
‘Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)’
Code 40
‘Windows cannot access this hardware because its service key information in the registry is missing or recorded incorrectly. (Code 40)’
Code 41
‘Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)’
Code 42
‘Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because there is a duplicate device already running in the system. (Code 42)’
Code 43
‘Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)’
Code 44
‘An application or service has shut down this hardware device. (Code 44)’
Code 45
‘Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)’
Code 46
‘Windows cannot gain access to this hardware device because the operating system is in the process of shutting down. (Code 46)’

Code 47

‘Windows cannot use this hardware device because it has been prepared for safe removal, but it has not been removed from the computer. (Code 47)’

Code 48

‘The software for this device has been blocked from starting because it is known to have problems with Windows. Contact the hardware vendor for a new driver. (Code 48)’

Code 49

‘Windows cannot start new hardware devices because the system hive is too large (exceeds the Registry Size Limit). (Code 49)’

Code 52

‘Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)’

There are different ways of fixing these errors including rebooting your computer, uninstalling the device driver, updating software drivers, or even total replacement of the hardware if needed.Before trying to troubleshoot the issue however, make sure that you have understood exactly what the code error is so that you will not create more problems for your computer.

Device Manager In Windows: How To View A Device’s Status

April 12th, 2012 No comments

Viewing the current status of the hardware in your PC is important to ensure that everything is working properly. Doing this in Windows XP is easy and once you see a yellow exclamation point beside its icon in Device Manager, then you might just have a problem.

Checking the status of different hardware devices can be done by going to the Device Manager and checking out the details available. If there are any problems encountered by your computer, a detailed error code will be displayed, as well as suggestive solutions for troubleshooting the hardware issues you are encountering.

If you are unsure on how to check a device’s status in your computer, below are easy to follow steps on how to do it.

1. Open the Device Manager  from the Windows XP Computer Management utility option. There are still other ways to do so, including typing ‘Device Manager’ in the search box

2. After opening the Device Manager, search for the hardware device you like to check by clicking the [+] icon from major hardware categories.

3. After successfully locating the hardware you would like to check, right click on the text or icon and choose the Properties option, where you can see the device status. This will display the information and current status of your chosen hardware device.

4. If the device is working properly, the status will read:

The device is working properly. If you are having problems with this device, click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter.

5. If the device is not working, an error message will state:

Error Message (Code 00) Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device

The reason behind the importance of checking a hardware device’s status every now and then is not only to make sure that it is still working, but also to know whether or not it needs a driver update. By updating its driver, you can ensure that it will work the way you want it too and at the same time, enjoy new features offered by the manufacturing company.


Fixing Solid State Drive Compatibility Issues for Windows XP

June 11th, 2011 No comments

Everyone agrees that solid state drives, or SSDs, are the wave of the future when it comes to storing all the files, documents, and programs for computers in the future. Unlike traditional hard disk drives which are largely mechanical, being made up of spinning discs and read/write heads, SSDs rely solely on electronic components that have no moving parts. They also have higher read and write speeds than traditional hard drives, allowing quicker file access times and the ability to multi-task between several demanding programs in a much smoother way. While SSDs are still too expensive for mass market use, they’ve been adopted by video editors, gamers, and other users who require the fastest file access times and the best data security. While this technology sounds great, it might be leaving behind people who are still using Windows XP.

An Aging OS

Even at ten years old, around 40% of people who log onto the internet still use Windows XP as their OS. While it remains a very reliable and stable operating system, it is slowly being left behind in terms of features, functionality, and the ability to support the latest hardware. However, if you’re one of the millions of Windows XP users out there and are considering getting an SSD, you don’t necessarily have to change operating systems just yet. Here are a few things you can try:

Step 1: Check Compatibility

One step most consumers tend to skip is to check whether or not a device they buy will work with their system in the first place. Fortunately, checking if the SSD you want is compatible with Windows XP is as easy as visiting this webpage to find out. The list is constantly updated, so be sure to check it regularly before purchasing any hardware for your PC.

Step 2: Update Your Windows XP

Since its release in 2001, Windows XP has received three service packs and several other smaller updates to its functionality and features. These updates have also upgraded the drivers that are built into the operating system, allowing it to support even the newest devices. You can download all the updates for Windows XP by visiting Microsoft’s own support page here.

Step 3: Upgrade or Replace Your Drivers

All hardware devices need driver software in order to be recognized and used by any PC. This is why most devices come bundled with a CD that should contain all the necessary drivers for the device to work. However, sometimes the drivers could be outdated by the time you install them, or the wrong ones could have been shipped by mistake. When this happens, you’ll need to get the drivers off the manufacturers own website, which requires time, effort, and some computer know how. This can lead to very frustrating situations, especially when the users don’t have the time to waste doing such a tedious task. Fortunately, you can get our Driver Scan Tool to do the job for you. Our downloadable utility can automatically detect the compatibility of all your hardware drivers and locate updates in mere seconds. Try it out and find out what hassle-free computing is all about.

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.