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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.

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.

 

 


 

Monochrome Printer Driver Update

August 1st, 2011 No comments

Batch file conversions are a particularly taxing job. This is especially true if files are in different formats or if they contain images. Wouldn’t emails, documents scans and electronic fax messages become easier to store, find, and process if they’ve all been saved into a uniform image size and file format?

This is what the Monochrome printer driver from Black Ice Software can provide. It is a powerful tool which facilitates quick conversions of large batches of graphics-heavy TIFF files. With it, you can easily rotate images, correct their color, or even assign new image sizes. The program can access images or texts from any Windows application so long as the latter supports printing as well. The best thing about it is that the program has a complementary Resource Tool Kit which can give more advanced users optimum control and customization. This allows you to configure the program to work alongside a software application with similar function.

The update version 13.22 was rolled out just recently, August 1, 2011, and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It has a 15-day free trial period where outputs will contain Black Ice’s watermarks. The full-feature version is at $39.99.

See the benefits of the Monochrome printer driver first hand by clicking here.

 

ColorPlus PDF Printer Driver Update

August 1st, 2011 No comments

The ColorPlus PDF Printer Version 13.22 available in Black Ice is a complete business and developers’ solution as a quick and dependable tool for document conversion purposes. This provides users and developers wide range of choices to do any office work like converting, saving, e-mailing, printing, archiving, or document merging. This tool converts PDF, TIFF, JPEG, HTML, PNG and various file formats to print using Windows applications.

This is the fastest high-volume conversion printer available on the market today. Released on August 01, 2011, the best thing with ColorPlus PDF Printer is that it still retained the easy-to-use human interface for simple conversion of different file formats.

This latest version has added support for writing images with color key transparency, improved text boldness and italic display in some cases, and stability improvements in the RTK. The ColorPlus PDF Printer Version 13.22 can be used for Windows 7, 2000, Vista and XP operating systems. It is free to try for 15 days which includes a watermark on the document and $49.99 to buy.

Click here to update your ColorPlus PDF Printer.

 

ColorPlus Printer Driver for Windows Servers and Citrix Driver Update

July 27th, 2011 No comments

Document conversion can be a tedious task. But many types of work that are done in an office setting will usually make this a necessary task as well. This doesn’t simply pertain to transforming .doc files to PDF files and vice versa. Some sources or presentations might be scanned images or web pages. There are as many document and image formats as there are applications that can author and read them.

Installable and web-based applications abound that attempt to cater to this need. It is a rare program however that can offer a broad set of tools. The ColorPlus printer driver developed by Black Ice software is one such notable example of this as it addresses format conversion, printing and more. This driver functions as a utility program that can convert documents to PDF, HTML, and other formats usually reserved for images such as JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. It is flexible enough that it can complement any Windows-based program with a print capability. Other tasks such as emailing, archiving and document merging are also included in its suite of functions.

This update for the ColorPlus printer driver is version 13.22 released July 27, 2011. Changes in this version include stability improvements for PDF related tasks and more control over the output directory. This program’s design is more geared towards enterprise-level users and thus runs on the Windows Server 2000, 2003, and 2008 platforms. It is also compatible with Citrix specifications and has support for XenApp and XenDesktop.

You can download a 15-day free trial of this latest version of the ColorPlus printer driver for Windows servers and Citrix here. Take note that output from this free trial edition will be watermarked.

 

Monochrome Printer Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

One of the best and complete solutions that businesses and developers can get their hands on is the Black Ice Monochrome printer driver. This TIFF conversion tool is fast and reliable, and can give users and developers different options when it comes to converting, saving, sending emails, printing, archiving and even combining TIFF files. What it does is convert any document to different TIFF and monochrome image files to a format that various Windows application can print. If you are looking for a fast and high-volume conversion utility tool available that is easy to understand and has a user-friendly interface, then the Monochrome printer driver is for you.

The newest version of the Black Ice Printer Driver was released last July 7, 2011, and it features an innovative Custom File Naming method. The Version 13.20 of the Monochrome printer driver allows users to build the output file name from a wide range of tags such as the date, user  name, time, IP address, computer name and even the number of pages of the document. It also has an added option of disabling printing preferences.

Click here to update your Black Ice Monochrome printer driver.

 

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The Black Ice ColorPlus Printer Driver for Windows Servers and Citrix

July 7th, 2011 No comments

The Black Ice ColorPlus printer driver gives the fastest and most reliable document conversion tool for business users and developers today. It offers flexible options to users, and emailing, converting, saving, archiving, and combining documents are now more effortless and easy to work with. Even PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG documents, and other formats from a Windows application can easily be converted by the ColorPlus printer driver, making it the quickest, effective, and easiest conversion utilities available on the market today.

Version 13.20 of Black Ice Printer Driver updated this July 7, 2011 has a new and improved Custom File Naming method, which allows output file names to be built from various tags, such as the username, IP address, date, time, and even output document’s total page number. It also comes with the added option of disabling printing option tabs.

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The Black Ice ColorPlus PDF Printer Driver Update

July 7th, 2011 No comments

The Black Ice ColorPlus offers a complete package solution for business owners and developers who need a trustworthy conversion tool to efficiently do its job–FAST. Now, users can enjoy more flexible alternatives, such as saving, converting, e-mailing, archiving, printing or even merging their documents.

Its print driver also converts more formats, such as PNG, HTML, PDF, and TIFF just by using any Windows application. Also, don’t be fooled by its simple, easy-to-use human interface; the ColorPlus has the quickest high-volume conversion ut

The Black Ice ColorPlus offers a complete package solution for business owners and developers who need a trustworthy conversion tool to efficiently do its job–FAST. Now, users can enjoy more flexible alternatives, such as saving, converting, e-mailing, archiving, printing or even merging their documents. Its print driver also converts more formats, such as PNG, HTML, PDF, and TIFF just by using any Windows application. Also, don’t be fooled by its simple, easy-to-use human interface; the ColorPlus has the quickest high-volume conversion utility on the market today.

The newest version of Black Ice ColorPlus (updated to version 13.20 on July 07, 2011) now includes a new and improved Custom File naming method, so it’s easier to use various tags like the computer name, username, IP address, date, and time to build an output file. There are also improvements made in hiding printing preference tabs for the user.

Click here to update your Black Ice Color Plus PDF Printer Driver.

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Manual and Automatic Device Driver Updating

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Getting a new piece of computer hardware can be one of the most exciting things we can experience in the modern age. It might be a snazzy new printer you’ve picked out to showcase your creative skills, or maybe it’s a brand new video card that will let you play the latest games at the highest graphical detail and frame rates possible. However, more often than not, our expectations hit a brick wall when it actually comes time to install your device and getting it working properly.

A Software Problem

These days, when hardware refuses to work, the weak link isn’t so much the components but rather the software that drives them, which are called drivers. Almost every new piece of computer hardware ships with an install CD of some kind, usually containing the required drivers plus maybe some bundled application or two as a bonus. Back then, it was a simple, straightforward task to simply install what was on the CD and then simply have your device work the first time you tried it.

These days however, the devices have become so much more complex, and so has the software required to run it properly. These more complex drivers are more prone to be buggy, especially during initial release, which means that at one point in any device’s life, you will have to update your hardware’s drivers.

Updated is Better

Most manufacturers will usually release several driver upgrades throughout the life of a product. These updates gradually get rid of all the bugs, add extra features, or might even improve device functionality beyond its original specifications. Surprisingly, few people know about such updates when they become available, leaving many stuck with hardware that either doesn’t work or is severely hampered in functionality.

How to Update Your Drivers

You can update your Windows drivers in two ways: manually or automatically. The process of manually updating your drivers entails that you first identify exactly what model of device you own. Go to the manufacturer’s website, and then locate their downloads or support page. Look for the section which lists the drivers for the specific model of the device that you have. Download the driver version that suits both your device and your operating system. Take note whether or not you’re running a 32-bit or 64-bit OS. Install the driver, and you should be a simple system restart away from getting your device up and running.

Automatic updates, by their definition, are faster and require less work. A program detects whether or not your device driver is compatible or out of date, and then searches the internet on its own, selects the right driver, downloads it, and in some cases, even installs it for you. While most people are quick to opt for the automatic solution, the manual method does allow you more control when it comes to what you install on your PC, and might be the preferred method of more advanced computer users.

Whatever method you choose, you can pick up all the latest device drivers from this website, which lists drivers for all types of devices, saving you the trouble of a prolonged online search. Click here to use a Driver Scan Tool that will make it fast and easy for you to update all your drivers.

Troubleshooting Printer Compatibility Issues on Windows XP

June 11th, 2011 No comments

No matter how far information technology has evolved, we are still far from achieving the goal of a completely paperless office or work environment. If anything, all these advances have done is increase the volume of paper necessary to convey this new wealth of information. Because of this, a printer is a must have for any business that needs to create and hold hard copies of the information that they handle, and more creative and artistic people need them in order to better share their work. Getting a printer to work with your computer should be a simple thing, but more and more Windows XP users have been experiencing problems getting their brand new printers up and running on their systems.

The Issue of Age

Windows XP has been out for one decade now, but about 40% of computers around the world still use it. Despite its loyal following and Microsoft’s attempts to keep the venerable operating system up to date, it is definitely beginning to show its age in the areas of functionality, security, and most especially, hardware compatibility. Simply put, Windows XP is having a harder and harder time catching up with all the latest devices, peripherals, and gadgets. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that its millions of users need to upgrade right now. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to get your shiny new hardware to work with Windows XP.

Updating XP

Since its initial release ten years ago, Microsoft has released three Service Packs and a number of other smaller updates for Windows XP. These updates address mainly issues of security and functionality, but they also add the latest generic drivers for newer devices and peripherals. If you’re not sure what version of Windows XP your computer is running, you can simply visit Microsoft’s webpage here to grab the latest updates.

Verify Hardware Compatibility

Some devices simply won’t work with certain operating systems, no matter what you try. For this reason, it’s strongly advised that you make sure that the device you’re purchasing is compatible with your OS before you even order it. This simple step is often overlooked by most computer users, and has led to many a headache. To find out whether or not your printer of choice can run with Windows XP, just visit this webpage of Microsoft’s full list of XP-compatible hardware.

Update Your Drivers

Drivers are the software that allow your PC to interface with the hardware you’re installing. For this reason every printer or device that can be attached to a PC usually comes with a CD that contains these crucial drivers. Sometimes, the drivers that ship with your printer might be out of date or outright defective. In cases like these, you should visit the manufacturer’s website, locate the appropriate drivers, download them, and then install them on your PC.

Verify Hardware Compatibility

Some devices simply won’t work with certain operating systems, no matter what you try. For this reason, it’s strongly advised that you make sure that the device you’re purchasing is compatible with your OS before you even order it. This simple step is often overlooked by most computer users, and has led to many a headache. To find out whether or not your printer of choice can run with Windows XP, just visit this webpage of Microsoft’s full list of XP-compatible hardware.

Update Your Drivers

Drivers are the software that allow your PC to interface with the hardware you’re installing. For this reason every printer or device that can be attached to a PC usually comes with a CD that contains these crucial drivers. Sometimes, the drivers that ship with your printer might be out of date or outright defective. In cases like these, you should visit the manufacturer’s website, locate the appropriate drivers, download them, and then install them on your PC.

While these steps are pretty straightforward, they can be quite a hassle to do, especially if you’re in a rush just to get your printer working. For times like these, we recommend our very own Driver Scan Tool that can automatically detect if your hardware drivers are compatible and up to date. Don’t spend another minute on driver issues. Download it today.