Archive

Posts Tagged ‘drivers’

How To Access Device Manager in Windows Vista

January 11th, 2010 No comments

The Device Manager is a part of Microsoft Windows Vista. It gives you an organized view of all recognized devices installed on your computer. The Device Manager is used to change options, manage your drivers, enabling and disabling your devices, such as your hard disk drives, USB devices, keyboards, sound cards and more.

To access the Device Manager in Windows Vista:

  1. Click the Start Menu
  2. Type “Device Manager” and hit return
    screen_start_type_device_manager

OR

  1. Click the Start Menu,
  2. Click the Control Panel,
    btn_control_panel
  3. Click the Device Manager Icon
    icon_device_manager

Yellow Exclamation Point

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

yellow exclamation pointA yellow exclamation point next to a device in Device Manager means that Windows has identified a problem of some kind of problem with that device.

This helps notify you that there might be a system resource conflict, a driver issue or another problem. Seeing the yellow mark itself doesn’t give you any valuable information other than notify you of a problem. It does mean that a “Device Manager Error Code” has been generated. To fix whatever problem is going on, you’ll need to view this code and troubleshoot accordingly.

Updating Windows XP Drivers

November 15th, 2009 1 comment

Why should you take the time to update your Windows XP Drivers? Here’s what you need to understand what you are updating and what it will change:

Windows XP uses drivers that corresponds with your computer and programs every time you use open your computer to do something. To make sure your computer and devices are performing to their max, you need to make sure you have the latest drivers installed on your computer. This includes hardware like mouse drivers, keyboard drivers, graphics card, system essentials, other hardware, internal hardware, motherboard and Windows drivers, etc. There are too many drivers to list , but if you are curious what drivers are installed on your computer currently, look at the ‘System and System 32’ files in your Windows root folder (usually on your C drive).

Anything with a shell or .dll extension is a driver that will Windows XP will be using to launch your applications.

One of the most common problems you will see for computers that don’t have the latest Windows XP drivers installed is the Device Manager error codes, which happens when a hardware fails to install properly.

XP is programmed to have a list of drivers for each manufacturer stored somewhere in the root drive. Driver files are normally small, as they consist normally of only instruction and constructed code. So, Microsoft is able to constantly update and add new device signatures into its data banks and suggest new updates for you to install to your computer. (This is known as the ‘automatic update’ service, where the main Microsoft server will download the files into your computer (which will more than often require a restart) and update it.

Driver Scanning Tool

March 9th, 2008 6 comments

Here’s an easy way to download and install/update all your computer drivers:

Use this driver scanning tool, which scans your computer for any outdated drivers. It has an option to automatically download the latest drivers for you.

After you have downloaded the above file, double-click on it and follow the simple steps to install it. When it asks if you want to run it, just answer yes.

This is easier than manually searching, downloading and installing the drivers.