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Update Your Modem Driver In Five Steps

December 2nd, 2011 No comments

A modem is a hardware device that is connected internally or externally on your computer. It receives and sends data over cable and phone lines, and is usually used for connecting to the Internet. Modem drivers on the other hand, are software programs that allow proper communication between your computer’s operating system and the modem.

Failing to update your modem driver may lead to problems such as malfunctioning of the device and crashing of your operating system. By updating your modem driver, you can improve the performance of your modem and at the same time, fix any bugs in your old driver version. Below is an easy to follow instruction on downloading and installing updated modem driver.

Updating your modem driver

  • Connect to the internet and search for the latest driver of your modem. You can do this by visiting the modem’s manufacturer website or by searching Google or Yahoo. You can also use our driver installer to automatically identify and download the correct driver for your modem.
  • Click the Start button which can be found on the lower left corner of your computer’s screen, and click the ‘Control Panel’ option
  • In the Control Panel option, you will find the Hardware and Sound icon. Click it and choose Device Manager.
  • Click the ‘+’ sign to expand the ‘Modems’ option. Look for your modem’s name and right click on the icon. Choose the ‘Uninstall’ option and click OK to confirm. The next thing that you need to do is restart your computer to completely uninstall your current modem driver
  • Open the modem driver file you recently downloaded and start the installation process. After successfully installing the modem driver, restart your computer to complete the process.

Besides making sure that your modem driver is updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

 

 

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Update Your Printer Driver For High Quality Printing Job

November 29th, 2011 No comments

A driver is a word used for describing the software that your computer needs for your printer to work correctly. By downloading the printer on your computer, you can change the settings such as the print quality and paper size, for any print job that you want to do. With the help of the internet, you can easily find and download the printer driver that you need for high quality prints.

Failing to update your printer driver can cause headaches in the future, especially if the file is already outdated or if your driver becomes corrupted, causing your PC to crash. By updating your printer driver, you are sure that bugs are fixed, stability is improved, and new features are included. This will be especially helpful if you have installed a new version of OS or if you are currently experiencing printing problems.

How to discover outdated printer driver

  • Click the Start button and type in devices and printers in the search box to bring you to the ‘Devices and Printers’ panel. This will show you a complete list of the available printers on your computer’s system
  • If your available printer shows a yellow exclamation point icon beside it, then it would be a good idea to download new drivers already
Update your outdated driver
  • Confirm your printer’s model by checking the printer itself, or by checking in the ‘Devices and Printers’ panel
  • Go to the official website of your printer manufacturer and click the Support and Drivers option. This will direct you to the Download drivers and softwareoption. Type in the name and model number of your printer on the search bar, and press enter
  • Select your current operating system to download the compatible driver for your printer. Wait for a few minutes until download is complete.

Besides making sure that your printer driver is updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

 

 


 

Download nVIDIA Graphics Driver-270.61

April 28th, 2011 No comments

NVIDIA graphics driver (270.61) is one of its first WHQL- certified from the Release 260 family of drivers (270.61). This graphics driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

Before getting started, you may want to download this tool to make sure all of your drivers are up to date.

New things in this version:

The package adds support for the newly released GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs
It also increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers.
And it adds NVIDIA Update feature.

Installation Instructions:

Click this link to start the download process. Make sure that you download the appropriate driver based on your hardware and operating system.

Click Agree and Download if you accept the terms of the agreement (after you have read everything of course). Then you can either open the file or save it for later use.

Then open the NVIDIA driver installation .EXE file to launch the NVIDIA InstallShield Wizard.

Lastly, is to simply follow all the instructions in the NVIDIA InstallShield Wizard to complete the download process.

Download file name: 270.61-desktop-winxp-32bit-english-whql.exe

Date Released: April 18, 2011

Operating System Specifications: Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition

Devices supported: video cards

Download ATI Catalyst Display Driver 11.3

April 13th, 2011 1 comment

ATI Catalyst Display Drive (presently called as AMD catalyst) is a driver for all Radeon family products that allows the latest update of AMD display driver. This unified driver has been improved in terms of power, performance and reliability.

What to expect with this new version:

Crysis 2 – Enhances CrossFire performance
Dungeons – Enhances CrossFire performance with forced on Anti-Aliasing
Crasher – Disabled forced on Anti-liaising through the Catalyst Control Center
Shogun 2 (DX9 version) – Enhances Crossfire performance
America’s Army 3 – Enhances CrossFire performance
Flatout: Ultimate Carnage – Enhances CrossFire performance
Performance enhancements and bug fixes

Download file name: 11-3_xp32_dd_ccc_enu.exe

Date Released: March 29, 2011

Operating systems specifications: Windows XP 32-bit

Install available here.

Click here to download a tool that will determine if your drivers are up-to-date.

Download: SilverFast for Scanners – Driver update: 6.6.2r4

April 11th, 2011 No comments

SilverFast SE / Ai 6.6 Scanner Software offers multiple features: IT8 Scanner Calibration and ICC Printer Calibration, Kodachrome Features, Auto.Frame, Gamma-Optimization, Movies for beginners, 64bit HDRi, and Multi-Exposure.

Among the new features that this version offers are: HDRi format added, PhotoShop CS5 and Elements 9 support, Improved automatic iSRD mode, Improved Kodachrome features, Win 7 and Snow Leopard support, New camera profiles.

LaserSoft Imaging offers adjusted solutions for hundreds of scanners, film scanners and digital cameras.

Silverfast SE / Ai (scanner software): It is perfect for scans.
SilverFast HDR (imagingsoftware): 48Bit/64Bit HDRi image processing, RAW data processing.
SilverFast archive Suite (Ai¬+HDR): combination of scanner and imaging software.
SilverFast DC (digital camera software): optimize and archive images using RAW workflow.
SilvarFast PrinTao (printer software): easy but color-true printing.

Another advantage of SilverFast iSRD is the lack of deterioration in image detail. The scans show the finest details without artifacts and keeps the details of film grain. iSRD uses multi-processor technology, so scan speeds are much faster! This could almost double the productivity of SilverFast for Canon Scanner!

SilverFast ® supports a large number of Reflecta scanners. The unique features of SilverFast have been specially programmed to take full advantage of their technical properties. This version was added on April 11, 2011.

Click here for a utility that will help you locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

Troubleshooting RealTek AC97 Drivers

March 14th, 2010 4 comments

RealTek AC97 Troubleshooting

Audio drivers for your computer can come in many different types depending on the computer  and operating system you are using. One typical audio driver that is often found on many PC  systems is the Realtek AC 97 Audio driver. When there are problems with sound from your PC, you will need to troubleshoot your sound card  to find the cause. This can involve many steps so to help with the process of troubleshooting RealTek on your system we have compiled the following steps:

  1. Check the BIOS settingsThe first thing you need to consider when encountering problems with RealTek AC97 is the settings on the BIOS, especially if the computer is newly-bought. The audio controller for your computer may be disabled. You may also encounter this issue when you have recently reset your BIOS settings to defaults, or when you just upgraded or “flashed” your BIOS.To go to the system BIOS, you need to restart your computer. Then, while the computer is performing some memory tests, press the F2 (or delete) key repeatedly until you see the BIOS screen of your computer. The following image shows how the BIOS screen looks like:

    RealTek Bios Settings

    BIOS utilities may differ in interface and parameters, depending on the manufacturer. The above figure displays an AwardBIOS setup utility. If you there is anything unclear with your BIOS setup, consult your manufacturer’s documentation.

  2. Clean the Prefetch and Temp Folders (Windows only)Some temporary files that your operating system has created may prevent your AC97 driver from functioning correctly. In order to remove those files, you may need to log in to your system in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer, and while the system is performing memory tests, press F8 repeatedly until you see the Windows Boot Menu. Select either Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking in the menu. Note that if you see Windows XP loading without displaying the boot menu first, then your computer will enter in normal mode and not in safe mode. You will need to repeat the procedure all over again, until you have successfully entered the Windows Boot menu and selected safe mode as the boot option.You may need to restart the computer after cleaning the prefetch and temp folders.

    Realtek Safe Mode

  3. Reinstall the Device Driver The reinstallation of a device driver generally involves two steps:
      • Uninstallation of the driver
      • Fresh installation of the driver

    To completely reinstall a driver, the uninstallation of the current driver is necessary. This is to ensure that all driver files will be replaced.

    To uninstall the RealTek AC driver, go to the device manager by clicking on Start and giving a right-click on the My Computer or Computer icon. Then, click on Manage. The Computer Management window would appear. Click on Device Manager and the window would display all the devices installed on your computer. Click on the plus (+) sign before Sound, video and game controllers. Right-click on the AC97 audio controller. Then, click Uninstall.

    RealTek device Manager

    There is another way of going to the device manager. Click on Start->Run. Then, type devmgmt.msc. Press enter and these steps will lead you to the same device manager.

    For a Realtek install, you may use the driver installation CD, download the latest RealTek ac97 driver from the manufacturer, or run a system scan to automatically update the RealTek AC97 Drivers. When installing the driver from the CD, simply insert the CD into your optical drive. You will then given the necessary instructions in installing your device driver.

    Alternatively, a RealTek 97 driver download is available at the Realtek website, or at third-party Realtek download sites. You should be able to find there the correct driver for your operating system, especially a Realtek driver for Windows XP. If the downloaded file is in compressed (ZIP format), you will need to extract the ac97 drivers first. Then, simply run the setup application and follow the installation instructions.

    If the controller is missing in device manager, it means that the driver is not currently installed on your computer. Skip the uninstallation phase and proceed with the installation of the driver. If the controller is followed by a yellow question mark (?) or exclamation point (!), there is a problem with the device driver currently installed on the system, and the instructions in this troubleshooting step must be strictly followed.

    Before uninstalling the Realtek driver AC97, make sure you already have a copy of the driver installation files so you wouldn’t end up with a driverless device. Uninstalling the driver for a device would render that device completely unusable by your computer.

    You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Restart right after uninstalling the driver, and after reinstalling it.

    Reinstalling a device driver is a lengthy process. If you don’t want to get involved with this procedure for some reason, you may run this automated driver scanner to install the correct driver for your sound card with less effort on your part. This is particularly useful when the driver CD is missing, or you encounter issues with a Realtek download.

  4. Reinstall the Chipset DriversIn some computer systems, chipset drivers also play a part in the performance of your audio device. If you still encounter a problem with the device after installing the driver, you may need to reinstall your computer’s chipset drivers.To reinstall the chipset drivers, simply follow the instructions as mentioned in the previous troubleshooting step (Reinstall the Device Driver). The only difference is that you need to find where the chipset drivers are located in your device manager. They are usually found under Display Adapters.
  5. Download the Latest Updates for Your Operating SystemIf the device is still not working after performing the steps mentioned above, you may need to perform an update on your operating system. Your operating system will usually notify you if there are critical or important updates that would need to be downloaded and installed on your computer. For windows users, you may update your OS by clicking on Start->Control Panel and then selecting Windows Update.
  6. Test another sound cardIf you have reached to this point in troubleshooting and the device is still not working, you may need to test the functionality of your sound card. Remove your sound card and replace it with a similar device that is known to be in good condition. If the newly-installed sound card solves the issue, the other sound card is faulty and may need to be replaced. Otherwise, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

    If you are using a sound controller integrated into your motherboard, or if there is no alternative sound card available, ignore this troubleshooting step and proceed to the next one.

    Each type of computer has its own architecture. For instructions in removing and installing the sound card for your computer, consult your manufacturer’s or distributor’s documentation.

  7. Reinstall the Entire Operating SystemReinstalling the operating system may not sound good. But if the previous troubleshooting steps did not resolve the issue with the AC97, this procedure may be necessary.

    If this is the first time that you are going to reinstall the operating system, you may need to ask for professional help. Contact one of your computer or operating system manufacturer’s technical support staff for assistance.

    Make sure you backup your important files first before performing this step, since this procedure will wipe out everything in your hard drive.

  8. Flash the BIOSEvery device on your computer has its own driver. But how about the motherboard? The fact is, the BIOS is somewhat the “driver” for your entire motherboard.  It synchronizes almost every hardware installed on your computer system. Flashing the BIOS is similar to updating your operating system e.g. Windows update, etc., except the fact that with this procedure, you are dealing with your BIOS and not with your OS.Before flashing your computer’s BIOS, you will need to determine where your computer system came from. If your computer system is custom-built, visit the manufacturer of your system’s motherboard for the BIOS updater application. If your system is pre-built by computer manufacturers such as Dell, Asus, or HP, visit their website and see if there is an update available.

    Make sure you have performed the previous troubleshooting steps before going on with this procedure. You may skip reinstalling the operating system and do this right away, especially if you do not have the time or the resources needed to install a fresh copy of your OS into your computer. However, this is not advisable. If your BIOS experienced an error during flashing, the process can ruin your motherboard. This is the reason why flashing the BIOS is one of the most feared steps in computer troubleshooting. Should you feel uncomfortable in performing this procedure, you may need to request assistance from professionals.

  9. Replace motherboardProvided that all of the above-mentioned troubleshooting steps have been performed, and the problem still persists, this may mean that your motherboard is unable to handle your AC97 device correctly, and may need to be replaced.

CD drive or DVD drive is missing in Windows Vista

March 2nd, 2010 2 comments

Q. Help, my CD drive or DVD drive is missing?

A. I am taking this to mean your CD/DVD drive is not recognized, so you can’t play a CD or DVD.

You probably have either corrupted or deleted Windows registry entries. To solve this problem, you need to use the Registry Editor. ***Note: By using Registry Editor, you are modifying the registry. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click here to read the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Make sure you are logged into your computer as a administrator.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Accessories, and then click Run.
  3. Type regedit, and then click OK. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  4. In the navigation pane, locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  5. In the right pane, click UpperFilters.
    *Note – You may also see an UpperFilters.bak registry entry. You do not have to remove that entry. Click UpperFilters only. If you do not see the UpperFilters registry entry, you still might have to remove the LowerFilters registry entry. To do this, go to step 8.
  6. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
  7. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  8. In the right pane, click LowerFilters.
    *Note – If you do not see the LowerFilters registry entry, unfortunately this you will need to contact Microsoft for additional support.
  9. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
  10. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  11. Exit Registry Editor.
  12. Restart the computer.
  13. Click Start button, click Computer, and then see whether the drive is listed.

If you can’t play or access a CD or DVD, you might have to reinstall some programs. Some programs might not be able to use your CD or DVD drive until you reinstall those programs. If the problem occurs again when you install or uninstall those programs, check to see if the manufacturer of the program has an update available. Some examples of programs that might be affected are:

  • iTunes software by Apple
  • Nero software by Nero Inc
  • Roxio Creator software by Sonic Solutions
  • Zune software by Microsoft

After reinstalling your programs, if you can play or access a CD or DVD, you are finished (yahoo!)  if the drive is not listed, remove and reinstall the existing drivers.

  1. Click Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Maintenance, click System, and then click Device Manager.
    *Note If Control Panel is in Classic View, double-click System, and then click Device Manager. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  3. In Device Manager, expland DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the CD and DVD devices, and then click Uninstall.
  4. When you are prompted to confirm that you want to remove the device, click OK.
  5. Restart your computer.

After the computer restarts, the drivers should be automatically installed.

CD drive or DVD drive is missing in Windows XP

February 23rd, 2010 2 comments

Q. Help, my CD drive or DVD drive is missing?

A. I am taking this to mean your CD/DVD drive is not recognized, so you can’t play a CD or DVD.

You probably have either corrupted or deleted Windows registry entries. To solve this problem, you need to use the Registry Editor. ***Note: By using Registry Editor, you are modifying the registry. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click here to read the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. In the navigation pane, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  4. In the right pane, click UpperFilters.
    *** Note – You may also see an UpperFilters.bak registry entry. You do not have to remove that entry. Click UpperFilters only. If you do not see the UpperFilters registry entry, you still might have to remove the LowerFilters registry entry. To do this, go to step 7.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
  6. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  7. In the right pane, click LowerFilters.
    *** Note – If you do not see the LowerFilters registry entry, unfortunately this content cannot help you any further. Try contacting Microsoft for additional support.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
  9. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  10. Exit Registry Editor.
  11. Restart the computer.
  12. Click Start, click My Computer, and then see whether the drive is listed.

If you still can’t play or access a CD or DVD at this point, next try to reinstall the programs. If that doesn’t work, check to see if there are updates available at the manufacturer’s website. Some examples of programs that might be affected are:

  • iTunes software by Apple
  • Nero software by Nero Inc
  • Roxio Creator software by Sonic Solutions
  • Zune software by Microsoft

Additionally, you  can try to remove and reinstall the device drivers.

Do the following to remove and reinstall the device drivers:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Maintenance, and then click System,
  3. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  4. In Device Manager, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the CD and DVD devices, and then click Uninstall.
  5. When you are prompted to confirm that you want to remove the device, click OK.
  6. Restart the computer.

After the computer restarts, the drivers should be automatically installed.

Code 39 Error Message

January 21st, 2010 1 comment

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

This is a Device Manager error code. A Code 39 error is usually caused by a missing driver, or by a Windows Registry issue.  A Code 39 error can apply to any hardware device in Device Manager. A Code 39 error usually appears on optical drives like CD and DVD drives. Any of Microsoft’s operating systems can experience a Code 39 Device Manager error.

Possible Solutions:

  1. First try to restart your computer. There is always a possibility that a Code 39 error might be caused by some fluke with Device Manager or your BIOS.
  2. If you recently installed a device or made changes in Device Manager prior to seeing the Code 39 error, undo whatever changes you made to see if the Code 39 error goes away. (Depending on what changes you made, this could mean removing the newly installed device, rolling back the driver to a previous version or using the System Restore to undo Device Manager changes. Remember to restart your computer after undoing changes.)
  3. Delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters registry values. A common cause of Code 39 errors is the corruption of two specific registry values in the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class registry key. You can also try deleting similar values in the Windows Registry if the Code 39 error appears on hardware other than a DVD or CD drive.
  4. Reinstall the device drivers. Remove the currently installed driver and then let Windows install it over again.
  5. Update the device drivers. If there is an update for your device drivers, it might fix a Code 39 error.
  6. Replace your device. It is possible that either your device isn’t compatible with the version of Windows, or there might be a malfunction with the hardware of your device.

How to Enable a Device in Windows XP

December 4th, 2009 No comments

Even though you might see your device displayed in the Device Manager in Windows XP, you must enable it before you can use it. When your device is disabled, Windows won’t assign system resources to it. The devices that are disabled will have a red x next to them and will generate a Code 22 error.

Here’s how to enable a device once you are in the Device Manager:

  • Right click on the hardware device you want to enable
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Device Usage drop down box – right now it should say “Do not use this device”
  • Select “Use this device” and click OK
  • Once you return to the Device Manager, the red x should be gone. If you see a yellow exclamation point, the device still isn’t working properly. Click here to see how to troubleshoot the yellow exclamation point.
  • If you want to verify that your device is working properly, you can check the device status in the Device Manager.
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