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Resolving DVD-ROM Problems for Windows XP

June 11th, 2011 No comments

Despite the proliferation of high-speed internet access that allows computer users to download massive amounts of data, including their programs, video games, and videos, CDs and DVDs are still far and away among the preferred ways of transferring large files, installing applications, and enjoying movies and music. For this reason, a working DVD-ROM drive is an absolute must for anybody reliant on their computer for either work or entertainment. With recent innovations such as dual layer DVDs and high-capacity Blu-ray discs, a lot of people are upgrading their older optical drives for newer models.

Windows XP: Getting Old

Unfortunately, computer users still running Windows XP have been experiencing trouble getting their new drives to work with their systems. This can be attributed to the age of the operating system. As reliable and beloved as it is, Windows XP is beginning to show its age, especially in the realm of hardware support. The good news is, you can still upgrade to a newer DVD-ROM drive if you follow the following steps

Ensure Compatibility

DVD-ROM drives are made by a large number of manufacturers, each with their own specific ways of doing things, affecting not just performance and price, but compatibility as well. So before you go off and purchase a new DVD drive for your PC, you might want to pop over to this website, which is Microsoft’s exhaustive list of all the devices that are compatible with Windows XP. If the drive you’re thinking about getting is new, then it might not yet be listed on the catalog yet. Be sure to check the list for updates before making any other future purchases.

Windows XP has been the subject of 3 official service packs and numerous other updates. While most of these upgrades concern themselves with improving the operating system’s security and functionality, it also updates its library of drivers, which in turn makes it compatible with the newest devices and technologies. To update your copy of Windows XP, you can visit Microsoft’s dedicated webpage here.

Update Your Drivers

Since drivers are the software that allows your devices to interface properly with your operating system, they are absolutely necessary. The device’s driver might not be properly installed, or might be in need of some updating itself. The best way to do this would be to visit the website of your DVD drive’s manufacturer, go to their downloads or support page, pick out the right driver for your device and operating system combination, download it, and then install it.

If that task sounds like a handful or an unacceptable strain on your time, then you should be glad to hear that you don’t really need to bother with it anymore. Just download our user-friendly Driver Scan Tool and it will check out your system to see if all your device drivers are compatible and up to date. No more wasted hours of figuring out the problem anymore. Give it a try and see what a hassle-free computing experience is all about.

Fixing Ethernet Controller Driver Issues on Windows XP

April 6th, 2011 1 comment

If you’re a frequent computer user, chances are you use the internet for at least half the time, and are connected to some type of network all of the time. Given how dependent almost all computer users are on the internet and networking, it’s completely understandable just how frustrating it can be whenever your ethernet controller or network card refuses to function properly. It’s bad enough if you just use the internet for entertainment and information, but it’s an absolute emergency if your business relies on being able to access the web.

An Issue of Age

Part of your problem may be your operating system. If you’re still running Windows XP, as almost half of the world’s internet users still are, then you might have come face to face with the problem of  every old operating system: its built-in drivers have simply become too outmoded for the latest generation of devices and peripherals that can be installed on a PC. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go through the potentially traumatic experience of switching operating systems just yet. Here are a few things you can do to keep your ethernet controller – and other new devices Windows XP compatible.

Checking for Compatibility and Updates

Windows XP’s large user base has prompted Microsoft to continue providing support for it even after two successors have been released. This means that a large majority of the devices out there should still be compatible. To be absolutely certain, one of the first things you should do before you purchase a device for your PC is to check and see if it is on Microsoft’s extensive list of devices supported by Windows XP. The entire catalog can be found here, and is constantly updated to reflect newly released hardware.

If the device you’ve purchased is on the list yet still won’t work with your Windows XP system, then the trouble might be with your version of the OS. Microsoft periodically releases updates for Windows XP in order to keep it safe from security threats and to keep it abreast of the latest technological developments as well, including drivers for the newest peripherals. That’s why it’s always a good idea to update your version of Windows XP before attempting to install any new hardware. You can visit this site in order to download the latest updates.

Finding the Right Drivers

If you’ve tried all of the above and your ethernet card still won’t work, then you might have an issue with the manufacturer’s drivers. These are usually bundled on a disc along with the device, but sometimes, the version of the driver included may be outdated or completely wrong altogether. In cases like these, you’ll need to search for the right drivers for your ethernet controller, which is usually available for download on the manufacturer’s website.

You’ll need to make sure that you get the right version for your OS, as the drivers could differ depending on which specific version of Windows you’re running. If you’re not entirely sure how to do this, then don’t worry about doing it on your own. We recommend that you download our Driver Scan Tool to ensure that the drivers you are using are compatible with your system. This should make finding and installing the right drivers for your ethernet card a whole lot simpler.