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What To Do When Windows Update Can’t Find Drivers

August 21st, 2013 No comments

Investing in a new peripheral or upgrade for your trusty computer is always exciting. However, even the most well prepared computer owners can face a daunting set of challenges when trying to get their latest device to communicate properly with their laptop or desktop. Only a handful of very simple devices, like USB flash drives and input devices like keyboards, are natively supported. Windows XP simply doesn’t include the drivers needed for a wide assortment of optional accessories. Your computer may attempt to locate these files automatically, but many computer owners are left stumped when that process fails.


How Windows Update Works

When you attach a peripheral to your computer, the operating system will recognize it and attempt to discover what it is and what type of files it needs to run. If the device is recognized properly and the drivers are already present, you won’t need to do anything else. Unrecognized or supported attachments will usually triggers the Windows Update program to run the Hardware Update Wizard. A window will appear to help guide you through the installation process. Windows Update requests permission to search Microsoft’s database for compatible drivers, which is a good step to try. However, only a handful of devices can be installed this way because there are simply too many manufacturers and items for the database to cover them all.


Error Messages

If trying the online search through Update fails, don’t despair. There are many other options for locating appropriate drivers if your device didn’t come with an installation disk or detailed instructions. Start with a visit to the manufacturer’s website. Unless your item was built decades ago or the company has disappeared, you should be able to find drivers through their website. Start your search by visiting pages designated for support. You may need to get the model number of your equipment before you can properly utilize the support system, since most manufacturers need to know the exact model you have to connect you with the right drivers. Unfortunately, many drivers provided by manufacturers are simple files, not automatic installers. Trying to install these files on your own is a little more complicated than just double clicking on them.


Using Windows Update For Manual Installation

Computer owners that find the drivers they need and download them can utilize Windows Update again to streamline installation. One of the fastest ways to bring up the window is to reattach the unsupported device, but you can also access it without having to remove and reconnect the device.


Try these steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu by navigating to the Windows logo located in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Click once on the Control Panel tab to open it. Double-click on the System icon, then click on the Hardware tab.
  3. Open the Device Manager and wait for it to load completely. Your unidentified equipment should appear somewhere in the list with a yellow warning icon next to it with an exclamation point. If it doesn’t, try disconnecting it and reconnecting it.
  4. Right click on the name of the device, even if it doesn’t match the actual name of the item, and click on Update Driver. You can also simply double click the name.
  5. The Hardware Update Wizard should immediately open. Follow the same process as you originally tried, but choose to look for the driver on the local hard drive rather than letting Windows search for it online.
  6. When the file dialog window opens, navigate to the folder that holds the downloaded driver file and select it. Windows should then open the file and begin installing it. If an error occurs during this process, you may have an incompatible driver file.

Alternative Installations For Printers

Printers, digital cameras, webcams, and scanners often do not appear in the Device Manager. If you are trying to install one of these items and you can’t seem to locate it with the following steps, don’t panic. Windows XP often handles the drivers and settings for these items separately, depending on how the device is recognized. You may need to visit the Control Panel again and try a different approach.


For printers (including all in one models with scanners and fax machines):

  1. Open the Start Menu once again, then find the Control Panel tab and click on it.
  2. Double-click on the Printers and Other Hardware icon. Look for the tab labeled Printers and Faxes and select it with a click. Locate the printer that you are trying to install. It may be represented by a generic icon with a yellow caution icon on it. Right click on the icon and select Properties from the menu that pops up.
  3. Select the Advanced button, and click on New Driver to open the Add Printer Driver Wizard. This program works in the same way as the Hardware Update Wizard, so follow the instructions for the previous installation method starting with step five.
  4. If your device isn’t shown when you open the Printers and Other Hardware window, look for “Add Device” on the left side to initiate the basic installation process.

 For scanners or cameras:

  1. Open the Control Panel once again by utilizing the Start Menu. Find the icon labeled Scanners and Cameras and give it a double-click.
  2. Find the device you are trying to install, or reconnect it if the computer isn’t recognizing it yet. Double clicking on the icon should open the Scanner and Camera Installation Wizard, which again runs in basically the same fashion as the original Hardware Update Wizard.
  3. If your device isn’t shown when you open the Scanners and Camera window, look for “Add Device” on the left side to initiate the basic installation process.

Your printer or camera may have specific software in addition to the Windows XP drivers that is necessary for transferring files. Check the manufacturer’s website to be sure that there are no additional files needed other than the drivers.

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.

Vga.dll File Not Found Error

December 9th, 2009 No comments

Vga.dll errors are caused by when the vga.dll file is either removed or corrupted. It could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware, or sometimes a hardware failure.

How to solve Vga.dll errors:

*If you can’t start Windows normally, use the Safe Mode.

  • Check your Recycle Bin to see if vga.dll is there. If you see it there, you probably accidentally deleted it. You can restore it from here. (If you emptied your Recycle Bin you and you know you deleted the file, you can try running a file recovery program to restore it.)
  • Run a virus scan on your computer to see if you are affected by a virus or malware. vga.dll file errors can be caused by a virus. The file might still be on your machine, but is masked.
  • If running a certain program causes the error message, try to reinstall that program.
  • If you get the error message when you are using a hardware device, try updating the drivers.
  • If the error message started showing up after updating drivers, you might try rolling them back.
  • Run the System File Checker.
  • Install any available Windows Updates. Many service packs and patches actually replace or update your .dll files.
  • Test your memory and your hard drive. You might need to replace one or the other.
  • Use a free registry cleaner to repair your .dll files
  • As a last resort, if none of the above tips work, you might consider doing a clean installation of Windows. Keep in mind that your hard drive will be wiped clean. Make sure you have everything backed up and know how to reinstall everything you need. If you see the error message after doing this, you can be certain that the problem is hardware related.