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Tips On Updating Your Motorola USB Driver

August 31st, 2011 No comments

Android phones are one of the best-selling phones in the market today and one of the key components for consumers is the company manufacturing it. Motorola made its name synonymous with Android and smart phones. For the past few years, it has beaten its way back to the top by manufacturing series of phones with Android as its platform and designing them to perfection to provide desirable and high-profile mobile phones in the market.

Every Motorola Android phone comes with a USB driver that allows you to connect your device or tablet to your laptop or PC using a USB cable. The software should be properly installed to your laptop since it is crucial in recognizing the device when connected via USB.

A short note on Motorola USB Drivers

Before you can install your device’s USB driver, there are some system requirements that you should take note of. One is that your computer’s operating system should be the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also important that you have the Administrator permission so you can install the device’s USB driver to your laptop or computer.

The need for updating your USB driver

Just like all other technologies that we have learned to adapt and love today, USB drivers also goes through endless developments and improvements in order to meet the rising demands and needs of consumers. Motorola has gone through vast improvements lately and to comply with the standards set by their customers, they release updates for their devices’ USB drivers every now and then.

To keep in touch with the latest and to update your device as well, you should constantly check for available updates for your Motorola Android USB driver. This should also be done to be able to connect and install your device easily to any laptops or PCs.

How to update your driver

Updating your Motorola Android USB driver is quite easy because all you need to do are the following:

1. Download a driver update tool to verify that you have installed the correct driver file to your PC.

2. Download a utility tool that will make it easy for you to locate and install the correct USB driver for your system.

If you want to avail of such a tool for your Motorola device, click on this link for an automatic update not only for your USB driver, but for other outdated system drivers as well.

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USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) Driver Update

July 6th, 2011 No comments

The USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is a unique piece of technology with features like the CMOS sensor that stands at 1280 x 960 resolution. One more thing that this camera has to offer is the frame rate that can go at up to 30 frames per second (fps). This device works when plugged into a USB 2.0 port.

One of the best features of this camera is the glass lenses that guarantee superior quality. The noise rate for information associated with the USB2.0 PC Camera (SN9C201) is around 48dB, while its focus range begins from 30 mm and beyond. Among the with the other advantages that come with this camera is that you are able to use this camera both indoor and outdoor since it can adapt to any environment.

A wide range of models are associated with the camera. This includes the Sitecom USB Bluetooth 2.0 class 2 dongle CN- 512 and the ML-66G.

This driver can be installed on any PC that runs on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP or later. Updated last July 6, 2011, you can download the driver from a reliable download site, or you can also go to this link to get the latest driver update.

 

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Benefits of Updated Windows Drivers

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Have you ever had trouble with any of the hardware attached to your PC? Maybe it’s a printer that won’t get recognized, a USB drive that can’t get read, or maybe even a video graphics card that won’t display at certain resolutions and settings. More often than not, troubles like these originate, not in the physical hardware itself, but from the software that dictates its interaction with your operating system: the drivers.

The Truth About Drivers

Without the correct set of device drivers, there is absolutely no way that any gadget or peripheral can be recognized, much less used by your PC. Drivers are part of the package you pay for whenever you purchase a piece of computer hardware, which is why they often come bundled with a CD that contains the driver along with some bonus software. However, the software provided by the manufacturer only makes up one part of the equation that makes your hardware run smoothly. Windows has to do its part, too.

Even on its own, Microsoft Windows contains a library of generic drivers that are made to run with as wide a variety of devices as possible. This is the secret behind so-called ‘Plug and Play’ devices that claim to require no drivers. The truth is that the drivers they needed were already installed in the OS to begin with.

However, this only applies to relatively simple and common devices such as flash drives and keyboards. More complex devices require not just the correct driver from the manufacturer, but also the proper amount of native support from your version Windows. This is why certain programs and devices require that a certain Service Packs be installed before you can install them.

Why The Updates?

No piece of software is ever truly perfect when it comes out, and this is especially true for programs as complex as an operating system. This means that bugs get ironed out, security gets beefed up, and overall performance and functionality is improved as these updates are released over an operating system’s lifetime. Updates can even keep old operating systems competitive past its life expectancy, as Windows XP demonstrates, holding onto a significant chunk of the market even after 10 years.

But one often overlooked benefit of updates is the fact that it not only brings the software up to speed, but upgrades the hardware that the operating system can support. Certain devices need the upgraded pre-installed drivers from certain service packs and updates to work, and not even the latest version of the driver from the manufacturer may be able to help.

So Where Do I Get the Updates?

The simplest way of getting updates is to let your operating system do it for you automatically via Windows Update. You can have this utility download and install all updates automatically, or just have it download certain updates that are marked critical. You can also opt to have it just inform you when an update becomes available, or turn it off completely.

Another option is to go and select just the updates you need to get your hardware working. This saves you loads more time, and allows you to retain features that other updates might have removed or disabled. You can get all the Windows drivers you need at this webpage. Or, use our helpful tool for the best results in updating and scanning for new drivers.

 

Anatomy of Windows Drivers

June 16th, 2011 No comments

Have you ever wondered why it sometimes seems so difficult to get a new gadget, a new device, or a new peripheral to work with your PC? Have you ever tried using a printer or a scanner and found that its functionality turned out to be just a bit more limited than you were led to expect? If either of these events has happened to you before, then you probably know by now that the main cause of tech headaches such as this is rooted in the Windows driver itself. So just what do drivers do anyway, and why are they so important?

What’s the Big Deal About Drivers?

There are literally hundreds of computer device and manufacturers around the world, each of them made to different designs and specifications. All of these devices need to work with Windows operating systems in order to tap the large market of PC users out there. The thing is, for a device to work with a certain operating system, the two need to speak a common language so that they can interact properly – this is what a driver does.

Drivers are software that allows hardware to be recognized and used by a PC running a certain operating system. This is why almost every piece of computer hardware sold usually comes with a CD that contains all the software you need to install and run it properly. With the right drivers any device, regardless of its age or origin, can be used with your computer without any problems.

Driverless Devices?

You might have noticed that some devices, especially common ones like USB flash drives and input devices such as a computer mouse seem to be what is commonly described as ‘Plug and Play’, meaning they work readily after being plugged into your PC without the need for the driver installation process. The truth is, these devices require drivers as well, it’s just that the drivers are already pre-installed in the Windows operating system itself.

Think about it. Way back then, when flash drives were new and Windows 98 was still the dominant OS on the market, you had to install a driver for every new variety of flash drive you plugged into your PC. The process was, to say the least, quite tedious and bothersome.

When Windows XP came out, generic support for USB storage devices was integrated into the operating system, which allowed users the freedom to use as many different types of flash drives as they wanted.

Update Your Drivers Regularly

Because they’re so important to the smooth function of your PC and its attendant gadgets and peripherals, it’s essential that you make sure that you get the latest versions of all your device drivers whenever you can. Updated drivers have the advantage of resolving any bugs and unlocking even greater capabilities from your devices.

You can also improve hardware functionality by updating your copy of Windows as well, since the regular updates and service packs Microsoft releases often include more generic drivers for common devices as well as better native support for other peripherals. Use our Driver Scan Tool to scan and update the drivers in your computer, it might very well save you problems down the road.

Realtek Milestones and History

June 15th, 2011 1 comment

History

Taiwan’s one of the biggest semiconductor companies started in 1987. The company is popularly known as the Realtek Semiconductors Corp. This company was created by a small group of young, skilled and determined professionals in the field of engineering. Its main office is situated at Hsinchu Science-based Industrial park. Since the foundation of this company, its growth has been very convincing.

In 2003, the company’s most popular products (10/100M Ethernet controllers), achieved a 70% of the global market share. While their other products such as the AC’97 audio codecs, achieved a 50% global market share. In terms of employment, the company has hired 970 employees from 1987-1998 (March), where more than 72% (700 or more) of the employees were all experts in research and development. This shows the company’s direction and vision in developing more reliable and quality products.

Due to the company’s expertise in IC design and system development, coupled with their broad knowledge and advancement in the field of manufacturing, Realtek has achieved a lot since it started. In addition, Realtek also makes sure that their customers have access to any services such as drivers downloads and updates of their different products (e.g. Realtek Audio Drivers).

Milestone

Some of the company’s greatest achievements from 1987-2010:

2010

  • Outstanding IT Products Award for RTL8111E PCI-E 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controller
  • Innovative Products Award – RTL8367M Single-Chip 5+2-Port 10/100/1000M Switch Controller awarded by the Hsinchu Science Park Administration
  • ‘Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award’ – Realtek RTL8111E Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 Award – Realtek ALC899 High Fidelity PC Audio Codec

2009

  • Outstanding I.T Application/Products Award 2009 – RTD1073/1283 Full-HD Digital Media Processor

2008

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Award – RTD2485D All-In-One LCD Monitor Controller

2007

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2007 Award – Realtek’s RTL8111C-GR Single-Chip PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller

2006

  • Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2006 Award – Realtek’s High Definition Audio Codec (ALC888 Telecom)

2005

  • Science Park R&D Accomplishment Award, awarded by Hsinchu Science Park Administration

2004

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – All-CMOS IEEE 802.11a/b/g Dual-Band Triple-Mode WLAN Chipsets with USB 2.0 Interface(RTL8187L﹢RTL8255)

2003

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controllers(RTL8169S/RTL8110S)

2002

  • Best Choice of Computex award at Computex-Taipei 2002 – Realtek’s 6-Channel AC’97 Audio Codec

2001

  • Component Design – Multi-mode Single-Chip 10/100M Fast Ethernet Controller, awarded by EDN Asia Magazine

2000

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s 8-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Switch Controller with Embedded Memory(RTL8308)

1999

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s IEEE 1394A 3-port 100/200/400 Mbps Cable Transceiver /Arbiter Chip(ALN 8801

1998 (October)

  • Realtek approved as a listed company on the Taiwan Stock Exchange

1997

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s Single-Chip Fast Ethernet Controller(RTL8139)

1993

  • Innovative Product Award from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration – Realtek’s RTG3108 High-Performance Window Accelerator Chipset

1987 (October)

  • Realtek foundation

If you are using any of the PC hardware manufactured by Realtek or any company, there is an easy way to optimize their performance. All you need to do is download a tool that automatically locates, installs and updates every driver of your PC.

It is also important that the right driver should be downloaded based on your operating system. Therefore, if your operating system is Windows-based, download your Windows Driver here. Specifically, click here to download Windows XP Drivers.


KbdEdit Driver Update

May 22nd, 2011 No comments

Windows can easily install a basic input driver to make most standard computer keyboards immediately functional. Input drivers for keyboards however don’t usually have additional programs that can extend the inherent limitations of the Latin character set and QWERTY lay out. This is where applications like KbdEdit come in. This program is what is known as a keyboard layout editor and it enables the user to reassign Unicode characters and functions to any key. Whether you’re using a Logitech Deluxe USB keyboard or an older device that still requires a parallel/serial port, KbdEdit can completely remap and make your keyboard conform to your preferences.

This program features a preview screen, a Unicode palette, and allows for numerous Undo/Redo actions that make creating and testing keyboard layout configurations a fairly easy process. It has support for ligatures and dead keys to extend a standard keyboard’s usage for languages that don’t use the Latin character set. The program is compatible with most other applications and actually allows drag-and-drop actions across the applications. It can also import files from Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. Free demos and paid editions with full functionality are available. This latest version of KbdEdit is 1.1.11 released May 22, 2011. It is compatible with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008.

Click here to customize your keyboard to exactly fit your needs.

 

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NetMos 9805 PCI Parallel Port Driver Update

May 2nd, 2011 No comments

There are still peripheral devices such as certain types of printers, scanners and external hard drives that require a parallel connection despite the widespread use of the USB and Firewire connection standards. In case your desktop didn’t come with a parallel port or needs to have more of this type, you can always add one through an expansion card like NetMos 9805.

The NetMos 9805 PCI Parallel Port is based on the IEEE 1284 standard and connects to your motherboard through the PCI slot. Among other features, this driver update allows for compatibility with the Centronics printer interface and other 1284 operation modes such as Extended Capability Port (ECP) and Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP). The mode selection can be done through programming. The NetMos 9805 is known for its low power need and comparably high speed. Its data transfer rates can reach about 1.5 Mbps. The current version available here is 2.0.0.18 which was released last May 2, 2011. It is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, NT, and Windows XP.

Click here to get the latest driver for your NetMos 9805 PCI Parallel Ports.

 

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Netgear MA111 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter Driver Update

May 2nd, 2011 No comments

Wireless connectivity just got faster and more reliable with NETGEAR Wireless USB Adapter. MA111 is powered by USB 1.1 and connects your device to a hotspot over any 802.11b network with an automatic rate fallback, letting you move without your connection being interrupted. There is no need for Ethernet cable setup or opening the cover of your PC to receive connection — just plug the adapter to your device’s USB port and connectivity of up to 11 Mbps is secured.

MA111 is pre-configured to work with other Netgear devices, and it works with Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, and XP. An 128-bit encryption is also integrated to protect the user’s privacy.

Download the latest driver update for Netgear MA111 Wireless USB Adapter here. Version 2.5 was released May 2, 2011.

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Finding Card Reader Drivers for Windows XP

April 21st, 2011 No comments

One of the most persistent trends in digital information storage is the increasing use of  memory and data cards to store information. Essentially, these little cards work as miniature hard drives for devices like cameras, smartphones, mp3 players, or as alternative storage. With capacities as high as 32 GB, SD cards and memory sticks are a cheap yet mobile storage solution. The problem is, they do require that you have a special reader installed on your system in order for your computer to access the data kept on it.

Card readers come in two general forms – either they’re external USB devices that you can carry around for mobility, or internal drives that can be installed into a computer’s case in place of the old floppy disk drives. Either way, they need the correct drivers to work – otherwise you’ll be locked out of all the photographs, home movies, or any other files and documents you might have on your memory card.

The Trouble With Windows XP

Because certain data and memory card formats have only come into the market in the past few years, the readers for these cards aren’t always compatible with older an older OS like Windows XP. While this venerable version of Microsoft’s Windows line of operating systems is still used by over 40% of computer users, its age has led to it being left behind in some areas of functionality, compatibility with newer devices included. However, by following a few simple steps, you’ll be using your brand new card reader on your Windows XP computer in no time.

Compatibility and Updates

Before you purchase any device for your computer, you need to first verify if it is compatible with your operating system. For Windows XP, the extensive list of supported devices can be found here. The list is constantly updated and revised, so be sure to check immediately before you buy a gadget so that you can check if the newest models are supported.

Another thing you need to do is to make sure that you’re running the latest version of Windows XP available. Microsoft has released numerous service packs and updates for the OS in the years since its release, updating security features, streamlining functionality, and maintaining compatibility with the latest devices to come onto the market. You can download all the necessary updates for Windows XP at Microsoft’s website here.

Download the Drivers

If the drivers provided with your card reader don’t work, then you’ll have to manually search for them on the internet, download them, and then install them. Start with the manufacturer’s website, and be sure to know the specific part or model number of your device. The driver should be available from the website’s download page.

If these tasks seem to be a bit too complicated, technical, or inconvenient for you, you can outsource this job to our Driver Scan Tool. It can scan your system in seconds and determine what drivers you need to get and what drivers you need to update, freeing you from the tedium of doing it all yourself.

 

PTZ Controller Driver Update

March 1st, 2011 No comments

A PTZ camera (pan-tilt-zoom) is a type of closed-circuit television camera that is more typically used in film and television production or for video security systems. The camera is usually mounted on a movable mechanical frame that gives it a wide directional capability and its zoom and other view functions are remotely controlled. Hence such cameras are also sometimes referred to as robotic cameras.

PTZ Controller is a camera application developed by Serial Port Tool for this particular type of video device. It is in fact a virtual keyboard that simulates all the functionality of the hardware console that’s commonly used for controlling PTZ cameras. As such it can be easily installed on the PC to which the PTZ is connected and give you more flexibility in your operations. The usable and supported ports for this application are RS232, RS485, RS422, and the typical USB with the proper converter. It also has support for the various video protocols set by different manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, LG, and Canon.

This latest update of PTZ Controller is version 2.9 released March 1, 2011. Additional features now allow for direct use through a command line interface and accommodation of Sony AUX commands. This application can run on the Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 platforms.

The 30-day trial of PTZ Controller is fully functional. You can download your copy right here.

 

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