Posts Tagged ‘driver update’

Getting To Know Version Intel Chipset Device Software

May 7th, 2012 No comments

The Intel Chipset Device Software Version is now available for download and this is important when it comes to installing Window INF files. Before proceeding, you should know that INF updates made by Intel are not ‘drivers’ exactly but rather, are updates for other important files that direct Windows when it comes to using hardware devices that are Intel integrated.

If however you still haven’t experienced any issues with your hardware devices, then doing such updates isn’t really necessary.

The Version of the Intel Chipset Device software is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP. Before hitting that download button, make sure that you know what type of file you need: either 32-bit or 64-bit driver file.

Below are the Intel chipsets that this download is applicable for, so make sure that you check if your device is included before downloading the update:

  • Intel 875P Chipset
  • Intel 865 Chipset Family
  • Intel 848P Chipset
  • Intel E7210 Chipset
  • Intel 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub
  • Intel 915 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 925X Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 910 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel E7525 Chipset
  • Intel E7520 Chipset
  • Intel E7320 Chipset
  • Intel E7520 Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel E7221 Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 910GML Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 915 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 945 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel E7230 Chipset
  • Intel E8500 Chipset
  • Intel 975X Express Chipset
  • Intel E8501 Chipset
  • Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 946 Express Chipset Family
  • Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
  • Intel 3 Series Chipsets
  • Mobile Intel 915GME Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 945GME Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel GME965 Express Chipset
  • Intel Q35 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 915GV Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 945G Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel Q965 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel 4 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
  • Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel Q45 Express Chipset (embedded)
  • Intel X58 Express Chipset
  • Intel 5 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 5 Series Chipset
  • Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel HM57 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel QM57 Express Chip
  • Mobile Intel QS57 Express Chipset
  • Intel 82801HM I/O Controller Hub (ICH8M)
  • Intel 6 Series Chipset
  • Intel NM10 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel 6 Series Chipset

Dealing With Code 10 Errors

May 2nd, 2012 No comments

There are many Device Manager error codes and this includes Code 10 error, which is displayed as ‘This device cannot start. (Code 10)’, whenever the hardware device you are trying to access cannot be started. Whenever this happens, you can always check the details from the Device Status option from the device properties.

Do keep in mind however, that Device Manager error codes such as Code 10, are specifically for the Device Manager. Whenever it appears elsewhere in your Windows OS, there is the possibility that it is a system error code which you should not consider troubleshooting as one of the Device Manager issues.

What are the causes for the Code 10 Error?

A Code 10 error is generated and displayed whenever your computer’s Device Manager cannot start a specific hardware device due to corrupted or outdated device drivers. This is one of the reasons why it is also important for you to constantly check and download driver updates not only to keep the device functioning properly, but also to enjoy new features offered by the manufacturing company. Although the code 10 error message refers to Device Manager issues, it cannot pinpoint which specific driver or device hardware is having problems.

How to troubleshoot the Code 10 error

1. Restart your PC, since there is a slight chance that the cause of the Code 10 error is due to some temporarily problems in the Device Manager. If this is the case, rebooting your computer may do the trick.

2. If you have installed or updated a device before the Code 10 error appeared, there is the possibility that this has caused the Code 10 error. Solutions include removal or the reconfiguration of the device that you have recently installed, or the use of the roll back device driver or system restore to undo any recent changes you have made on the Device Manager.

3. If the mentioned solutions above fail, you always have the option of re-installing the drivers for your device. Remember however, that this is different from updating the driver since the former process entails the complete removal of the driver and installing it again from the very start.

4. Update the device drivers.

5. Installing the most recent Windows service pack may also resolve the issue.

6. Delete upper and lower filter values in the computer’s registry.

7. If all the solutions suggested above still fail after trying them over and over again, the next best thing that you could do is replace the hardware completely since there is also the possibility that the Code 10 error is coming from the malfunctioning hardware device.

Roll Back Drivers In Different Windows 7 and Windows Vista

April 17th, 2012 No comments

Rolling back a device driver in Windows means returning it to the previous version the was last installed for the said device. This is one of the troubleshooting options that you have if in any case a driver update fails to fix occurring problems of if it cases new ones. Basically, this means returning the driver to a working version, or uninstalling the latest driver that you have downloading and automatically reinstalling the previous one.

The specifics on how you can use the Driver Roll Back features depend on what Operating System you have, so below is a short and easy to follow instructions on how to do roll back drivers in Windows 7 and Windows Vista:

Roll back drivers for Windows 7

1. Open Device Manager from the Control Panel of Windows 7, or you can type ‘Device Manager’ in the search box to access it

2. Navigate through the different hardware categories in Device Manager to locate the hardware device that you want to perform roll back the driver for. You can do so by clicking the [+] or the > icon under the major hardware categories.

3. After successfully locating the hardware device, right click on its icon or name and check out its Properties, and click Driver Tab>Roll Back Driver buttons

4. When a message that states, ‘Are you sure you would like to roll back to the previously installed driver software?’ is displayed, click the Yes button. This will restore the previously installed driver.

5. Click Close button, which is located at the bottom part of the device properties screen.

6. When a display message stating, ‘Your hardware settings have changed. You must restart your computer for these changes to take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?’, click Yes to automatically restart your PC. Once Windows 7 starts again, the device driver that is previously installed for the hardware device will load.

Roll back drivers for Windows Vista

1. Open Device Manager from your computer’s Control Panel to locate the hardware device that you want to perform a roll back device drivers for. You can do this by navigating through major hardware devices and clicking the [+] icon to see other devices available.

2. Right click on the icon and choose Properties>Driver>Roll Back Driver

3. When a message stating, ‘ Are you sure you would like to roll back to the previously installed driver software?’ is displayed, click the Yes button to perform a roll back driver on the said device. This will restore the previously installed driver. Click the close button.

4. When a display message stating, ‘Your hardware settings have changed. You must restart your computer for these changes to take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?’, click Yes to automatically restart your PC. Once Windows Vista starts again, the device driver that is previously installed for the hardware device will load.

device driver update is one of the most important steps that you need to do is you want your computer to perform at its best however, downloading the wrong file can sometimes happen. When it does happen, you can always perform the roll back driver option to troubleshoot the problem.

Downloading Device Drivers

April 2nd, 2012 No comments

Updating the driver for a certain hardware device would require you to download the driver file from the internet. There are many available sites on the World Wide Web and this usually makes it hard to find the right site where you can download credible driver files. However, you will breathe a sigh of relief and will be saved from all the frustrations once you find the perfect site for download. Below are just some of the sources that you can check for device driver downloads:

1.  Direct from the manufacturer

The best and most trusted place where you can download device driver files would be directly from the hardware manufacturer. Most companies already have their own official website and all you need to do is visit it and download the file directly from their site.

2. Download from trusted Driver download websites

Aside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver filesAside from the manufacturing company, there are also driver download websites that are complete with device driver files, which they usually organize by the name of the manufacturing company and year of release.

3. Use Windows Update to download updated device drivers

The Windows Update is also a perfect source for downloading drivers and in fact, ,are done automatically if you want to set it as such. However, do keep in mind that this solution should not be considered a priority and only choice for device driver downloads since the drivers are not readily available and if there ever are files that you can download, are not usually updated.

If for some reason you are unable to download the device driver that you need from the internet, then the Windows Update is worth trying.

4. Download from third party developers

You also have the choice to download the device driver files from a third-party driver developer. However, these files are not usually available and are only designed to meet the needs of a programmer. You may request for it personally or if there are available device drivers for download, do keep in mind that they are not that safe and you are not sure whether or not it is compatible with your system. Therefore, it is still safer to download device driver files directly from the manufacturing company’s website or from a credible website.

Using Device Manager in Windows XP To Enable A Device

March 28th, 2012 No comments

If you have any plans of using a hardware for your computer, you must first enable it in the Device Manager so that Windows XP will recognize is at existing. If you fail to enable it on your computer, you cannot assign it its own system resources thus, making it basically useless.

The good thing is, Windows XP can alert users about hardware that are not yet enabled by displaying a red ‘x’ in Device Manager beside the disabled hardware. To enable hardware device from Window XP’s Device Manager, below are easy to follow steps in doing so:

1. Open Device Manager from your computer’s Computer Management utility and locate the hardware device that you are planning to enable. You can navigate through different categories by clicking the [+] icon to see the complete list of hardware devices available.

3. After locating the Device usage option, enable the Use this device option and click OK

4. After doing so, you will notice the red x being removed from the Device Manager window. if a yellow exclamation point replaces it, you would be required to troubleshoot the problem separately. This is because the yellow exclamation point icon is basically to warn you of different issues related to the hardware’s configuration.

If you want to verify if the hardware device is already working properly, you can do so by then, to ensure that all features are updated and so that you can use the device properly.

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.

Troubleshooting CD/DVD Driver Problems for Windows XP

March 10th, 2011 1 comment

Windows XP is one of the most beloved operating systems ever released, still holding on to a significant chunk of the operating system market even after the release of two successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the old reliable workhorse is beginning to show its age, being unable to run some of the latest games and applications, as well as being left behind in the realm of hardware compatibility.

This is particularly apparent when it comes to the latest CD and DVD drives. Back then, all you had to do was install the hardware onto your PC and your operating system would automatically detect and install the device. This is because Windows XP comes pre-loaded with drivers for such devices, and is able to select the right one for a certain piece of hardware without prompting.

However, as new types and versions of these drives come out, Windows XP’s driver database hasn’t been able to keep up, which is why some people have run into problems getting the operating system to recognize when a new one has been installed. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out Windows XP just yet.

Here are a few things you can do to get your new CD or DVD drive working:

Update To The Latest Service Pack

First of all, try updating your version of Windows XP, checking to see if it has the latest Service Packs and official updates installed. These patches usually come with new drivers for all sorts of devices in order to keep the OS up to date with the latest hardware on the market. If you’re sporting the latest version of Windows XP and still can’t get your drive detected, then you’ll have to follow a few extra steps.

Check The Device Manager

The first thing to do is to verify if the drive is correctly installed onto your system. If you aren’t certain if the drive is installed properly, then you can look it up on the device manager. To access it, simply click Start, right-click on the My Computer icon, and then click on Properties. Once the Properties dialog is on-screen, click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button. Look for your drive on the list of installed devices on your computer. If it’s on the list, it should provide a short description of its status, whether it’s in working order, lacks a driver, or is malfunctioning.

Verify That The Drive Is Compatible

The next thing on your to do list is to determine whether or not the drive you have is on Windows XP’s Hardware compatibility list. This list is constantly updated, and can be found at this website. If the drive that you have is on the list, you should be able to download the appropriate driver from that very website. If your brand new drive isn’t on the list yet, then try contacting its manufacturer. They should provide a driver that allows you to use it with Windows XP. If the drive still doesn’t work after getting the appropriate driver from either Windows or the manufacturer, you might want to double-check if the drive itself still works. That way, you might still be able to get a refund or replacement for the device.