Posts Tagged ‘Errors’

STOP Error 0x000000B4 – The video driver failed to initialize

December 3rd, 2009 No comments

STOP error 0xB4 means that Windows was unable to enter graphics mode. Your video driver failed to initialize. This happens because of a conflict with the computer’s parallel port and your video card, if the parallel port I/O address is set to 03BC.

To fix this problem you need to change the parallel port I/O address from 03BC to 0378

  1. Restart your machine, and press F8 at the Starting Windows screen.
  2. Select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER
  3. Log on to your using the local administrator account.
  4. Click Start, Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  5. Double-click System.
  6. Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
  7. Click the plus “+” next to ports to expand the ports list.
  8. Select the printer port LPT1, and on the Action menu, click Properties.
  9. Click the Resources tab, and then clear the Use Automatic Settings check box .
  10. In the Settings Based On drop down menu, select a setting that uses an I/O address of 0378 instead of 03BC.
  11. Click OK, and then close Device Manager.
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Device Manager – Red X

November 22nd, 2009 No comments

device-manager-red-xA small red x next to a hardware device in the Device Manager means that the device is disabled. It could be that you disabled it, or Windows might have disabled it because of a problem with the device. To remove the red x, just enable the device again. If there are issues with your device, you’ll see a yellow exclamation point next to the device instead of the red x. Click here to read what the yellow exclamation point means.

*Disabled devices also generate Device Manager error codes. The error in this case is a Code 22.

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November 3rd, 2009 No comments

STOP error 0xAD is a fault issued by video driver. It might indicate a bug in the video driver or that the video port created a non-fatal minidump on behalf of the video driver during run time.

Unfortunately this is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is most likely lost.

STOP code 0x000000AD may also display “VIDEO_DRIVER_DEBUG_REPORT_REQUEST” in the same STOP message.

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What are Driver Errors?

A driver is a small file that helps a computer communicate with a certain hardware device. (Such as audio/video controllers, printers, scanners, etc.) It contains information the computer needs to recognize and control the device. In Windows-based PCs, a driver is often packaged as a dynamic link library, or .dll file.

Most driver errors occur because:

  • They are incompatible with the operating system
  • There is a missing or busy resource
  • There is something corrupt in the driver or the operating system component causing buffer errors in the system
  • The driver is poorly designed with low frame rates which can reduce your system stability and performance
  • The registry entries may be corrupt or incorrect

Here are some examples of common driver errors, generated due to a missing or damaged driver file.

STOP: 0xc0000221 [Unable to load device driver] DriverName

STOP: 0xc000026C [Unable to load device driver] DriverName

STOP: 0xc0000221. Bad image check sum, the image NV4_disp.dll is possibly corrupt. The header check sum does not match the computed check sum.

Most often, the error message won’t indicate the cause of the problem. You’ll have to isolate the problem by checking the device settings.

To check your device settings, follow the instructions below:

Click on Start, and then right click on My Computer

Click on the Start menu, then right click on My Computer

Click on Properties, then click on the Hardware tab. Next Click on Device Manager.

Click on Properties, then click on the Hardware tab. Next Click on Device Manager. The Device Manager provides you with information related to devices installed on your system. You can browse through various component categories to identify the device with conflicts. Double-clicking the problematic device will enable you to open a new dialog box that will give you information related to the nature of the problem.

Most hardware problems are due to a faulty device driver. To fix these problems, you can choose to upgrade to a new driver version, rollback to an older version, or reinstall the device driver. You can also use the recovery console to replace the corrupt driver file with the original file.

To reinstall the driver, open Device Manager and navigate to the hardware you need to reinstall. Right-click the device and select the Uninstall. Next, select OK and then Yes to restart your computer. When you restart your computer, your Windows system will automatically detect the hardware and attempt to install the driver for it.

To upgrade the driver for your hardware, click here to run a free scan, then download the updated driver. Install the driver software and restart your computer.

To rollback a driver to a previous version, first identify the hardware in the Device Manager window. Next, right-click the hardware and select Properties. In the properties dialog box of the hardware, select the Driver tab, and finally click the Roll Back Driver button to restore the previously installed driver.

If all else fails, restart your computer with the Windows XP CD-ROM and select ‘R’ from the Welcome to Setup screen to open the Recovery Console. Login using the administrator password and run the command “cd windows\system32\drivers”. Next, rename the damaged driver file by running the “ren DriverName.sys DriverName.bak”. Now copy the original driver file from the Windows XP CD-ROM to the Drivers folder by running the command ‘copy CD-Drive:\i386 DriverName‘. Finally, exit the recovery console and restart the system.

If none of the above suggestions fix the problem, you might have to reinstall or replace the hardware. If the errors still persist, then you might need to restore or reinstall the operating system.

You can also  scan your system registry using a reliable registry cleaner software. This software helps you to eliminating unwanted and corrupt entries from the registry, thereby enabling you to prevent the occurrence of frequent errors on your PC.

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Driver Errors in Windows XP

April 13th, 2009 No comments

Most computers have Windows XP for their platform. This operating system is regarded as the most stable and user-friendly in the market. However, Windows XP users do encounter errors with their system if their hardware drivers have gone corrupted or accidentally removed.

Drivers malfunction can damage your system. It is possible for your computer to crash while you’re in the middle of an application if the drivers become corrupt. Driver errors can also show up during start-up, causing your computer to fail booting altogether. Errors like these can paralyze your entire system.

The best solution for errors caused by drivers in Windows XP to update your drivers.Visit the support section of your manufacturer’s website to find current drivers for your device.

Sometimes you can just unistall the driver and reinstall the same driver version using the CD that came with your computer. This refreshes the files present on your computer and will overwrite everything else that may have become corrupt. The drivers have to be uninstalled first before they are reinstalled. All files (including the device itself) have to be removed from your system. If you just try to run the CD on top of the existing driver, Windows would just detect the drivers to be similar, telling you that there is no need to upgrade. Use the add/remove hardware section to remove the files first. (This technique is only advisable if there’s no valid driver update from your computer manufacturer’s site or from the website of the makers of the hardware itself.)

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