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Updating Your Webcam Driver

January 13th, 2012 No comments

Webcams are great ways of connecting with your friends and family living on the other side of the world. If unfortunately your laptop is not equipped with a webcam, then you may have to buy one separately just to do video calling with your computer. However, if it stopped working after a few months of using it, there is no need to rush into getting it back to the store for a warranty because you may only need to update the driver on your computer.

Check cablesOne of the possible reasons why your webcam stopped working would be loose cable connections. This makes it important for you to check the cables to ensure whether or not your webcam is connected to your computer.

Once your webcam stopped working, you could re-seat the cable by unplugging the USB connector and plugging it back again to the computer.  Since most USB hubs have the tendency to distort the signal, this technique can do the trick in fixing your webcam connection.

Make sure Windows recognize your webcam

When installing a driver for your webcam, one of the first things that you have to check is whether or not it is compatible with your OS. To check if your current OS recognizes the webcam you have recently installed, follow the short instruction guide below:

1. Go to the Start Menu and type in Device Manager into the search bar, and press enter.

2. Click Continue and look for the category named, ‘Other Devices’. If you see the webcam’s icon with a yellow triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it, you may need to install an updated driver to continue using your device.Updating your webcam drivers

When manually updating your webcam driver, one of the first steps is to visit the official website of your webcam’s manufacturer to download the right installer for your OS. You can do so by following the steps below:1. Go to the official website and choose the Product Support tab.

2. Click the Detect Devices for the site to automatically scan your computer for yoru device. Click the model of the webcam and your current OS to download the right driver for your computer.

3. Download and save the file to your computer. Once it has finished downloading, follow the prompts until the file installs itself on your computer.

The good thing is, there are now software programs available that could automatically update any drivers on your computer. This will make it easier for you to update any outdated drivers and to check if there are currently installed devices and drivers that are not compatible with your OS.

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Driver Update: Finding The Driver’s Version Number in Windows XP

January 3rd, 2012 No comments

One of the first things that you need to know whenever you plan of updating your hardware’s driver is its current version number because it will be your basis whether or not you need to update your driver. Since computers run on different OS, another important factor to consider when conducting a driver update is knowing which version is compatible with your computer’s OS.

To do this, you will need to follow the instructions below:

1. Open the Device Manager option from your computer’s Control Panel.

2. In the Device Manager, locate which device you would like to check for its driver version and number. You can work on the different hardware categories and find what you are looking for by clicking the + icon beside it.

3. After successfully locating the device that you want to update, right click its icon or name and click on Properties.
4. Click the Driver tab in the Properties window. There you would see the your driver’s current version and other information and statistics about the driver.
Take note that it is also important that you pay close attention to the provide of your hardware’s driver as well. There are instances where the currently installed driver is the hardware’s default driver, so comparing version numbers will just be a waste of time. So if you find a new driver update for your chosen hardware, there’s no harm in installing it. However, make sure that the version was released after the default driver’s date listed.

When performing a driver update, make sure that you make the right choice between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers, since the drivers specifically designed for them won’t work on each other, or may lack the features and specifications needed to make your hardware work perfectly smooth.
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Solid State Drives: What Future Does It Hold For Our Computers?

November 21st, 2011 No comments

Solid State Drives or SSDs are the future of our computer’s superb performance. Although its price can be unbelievably expensive, making it impractical for many computer users, it is still better compared to today’s standard magnetic and spinning computer hard disk drives.

However, analysts believe that there will come a time where SSDs will be made more affordable, and we’d still be using Windows 7 as our computer’s operating system. It is a good thing that Microsoft has foreseen this happening and has included at least several features that makes the OS capable of supporting SSD.

Once an SSD is used for your computer, your operating system will disable Superfetch, ReadyBoost, disk defragmentation, as well as boot and application launch prefetching. Although these processes are eliminated, the SSD is designed to improve the computer’s performance compared to traditional HDDs.

Why go for SSDs

Solid state drives or SSDs is unbelievable fast, allowing your computer to start and shut down faster. In fact, they an even perform read operations at a speed you didn’t think was possible.

However, there are a few procedures that you need to go through before you can enjoy an SSD’s top performance. This is because Windows have computers that are specifically designed to work well with conventional hard disks. Features such as Prefetch, Superfetch and ReadyBoot were all designed to monitor the files accessed during the computer’s startup and whenever you launch programs and customize it for optimal access. Unlike HDDs or hard disk drives, SDDs do not have the spindles, platters, magnetic heads and motors that tradition disks have thus, making such features unavailable for them. So if you want optimum performance from your SSD, make sure that you go for updates so that your computer will adjust to its new disk as well.

Besides making sure that your SSD 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.

 

Resolve Internet Explorer Issues

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Reinstalling or repairing your computer’s Windows Internet Explorer can be done in a jiffy, regardless of your current operating system. This is an important process that you need to do when encountering problems with your Internet Explorer because of a missing registration information or due to damaged files.

Method 1: Manually reset settings

The first method that you can take when repairing your Windows Internet Explorer is by resetting the browser’s settings by starting your Internet Explorer and clicking on the Tools menu. There, you can see the Internet Options, which have different tabs to choose from. Click on the Advanced tab and click the Reset button, wherein you will have to confirm your option of resetting all previous Internet Explorer settings.

Method 2: Reinstall Internet Explorer

Before you can reinstall your Internet Explorer, you will need to download the file from the Microsoft Download Center web site.

If you are running on Windows XP, you can resolve any problems with your Internet Explorer by downloading and installing a Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Update to the latest Internet Explorer

If you are currently running on Internet Explorer 6 or 7, it is recommended that you install the latest version so that any issues experienced on the earlier versions can be resolved. Aside from bug fixes, the latest version has an improved security feature, performance, and other enhancements.

There are other means of resolving Internet Explorer issues, and there are also advanced options for the more computer literate people. There are also other web tools that can make it easier for you to check compatible drivers and installers for your system. Just click on the link to update your computer’s driver and update any outdated system.

via Microsoft Support

 

 

 

 

Help: The Sound on my Computer is not Working

April 21st, 2010 4 comments

The Sound on my computer is not working. What should I do?

OR

I can’t hear any sounds from the speakers or play any music on my computer. What is the problem?

There can be more than one reason, why the computer can’t play any sounds. These are discussed below.

If you have a desktop computer, it may or may not have a separate sound card. But in case of laptops, the sound card is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed, so some of the solutions may not apply to laptops.  Also, laptops come with built-in speakers, so the external speakers and cabling problems may not apply here, unless you use external speakers or headphones.

So, where do you start, when you can’t hear any sounds from your computer? Try the steps given below, one by one.

1. Reboot the computer

Before we start with the solutions, did you try the simplest solution first? Rebooting or restarting the computer is the simplest solution and should be tried first. If you didn’t already reboot, try it now. The sounds may just work after a reboot.

2. Enable the System Sounds

Can you hear the Windows startup sounds from the computer? If you can hear the Windows startup and shutdown sounds, the sound card is working fine. If you can’t hear any startup sounds, enable the System Sounds from the Control Panel, if they are disabled.

Enable_System_Sounds
Enable System Sounds. (Click for a larger image)

If you aren’t able to enable the system sounds and they are grayed out, you may need to reinstall the sound driver.

3. Is the problem only with an audio CD?

Are you trying to play an audio CD, and not getting any sound? If you can hear the System Sounds, but can’t hear anything from the audio CD, even though your audio player software shows that it’s playing the disc, the problem is most likely with the digital cable (see image 1 below) that goes from the CD/DVD drive to the sound card (image 2 below) (or to the motherboard).

One side of this cable goes into the back of the CD/DVD drive and the other goes into the sound card or on to the motherboard (in case of motherboards with built-in sound).

CD_DVD_Digital_Audio_Cable   CD_DVD_Connectors
Digital Audio Cable                IDE CD/DVD Connectors
 

4. Are the speakers properly connected?

Are the speakers connected to the proper sound port / jack, at the back of the computer? Are they powered ON? External speakers generally have a separate power adapter, which plugs into the wall socket or any other power source. Is the speaker volume control, set to a comfortable level? If not, turn it to the middle position.

If in doubt, test your speakers by connecting them to another sound device like CD/DVD player or a radio/tape player, or any sound source. If you can hear sounds from the speakers, they are fine.

Check that the speaker pin is connected to the green jack at the back of the computer.

Sound_Card_Jacks
Sound Card Jacks

Also, check that the sound (check speaker icon in the system tray) isn’t muted. Such a simple thing, which can happen accidentally, can confuse some people when they can’t hear sounds from their computers. This can get overlooked because the speaker icon may be lost between many other icons.  Click it and un-mute the sound, if it’s muted.

Note: If you can’t see the speaker icon in the system tray, you may need to enable it from the Control Panel. From the Control Panel, double-click "Sound and Audio Devices" and check the box that says "Place volume icon in the taskbar" and click OK.

Taskbar_Volume_Icon_Enable
Add volume Icon to Taskbar

5. Test with a pair of headphones

Try plugging in a pair of headphones in place of the speakers, to check whether you can hear anything. Play a song or music CD or any sound file, which you may have on the computer. If you don’t have one handy, you can run a command to test your sound:

Click the Start button, and then click Run (or Search, in Windows 7 / Vista). Type the following command and then press the Enter key:

dxdiag

DirectX_Diagnostic_Tool
DirectX Diagnostic Tool

If you can’t see the name of the sound driver, or aren’t able to hear the sound by using the ‘Test DirectSound’ button, or you get an error, the problem may be with the sound driver. Reinstall the sound driver.

6. Try doing a System Restore

If the sound worked sometime ago and now it isn’t working for some reason, the simplest solution for re-installing the sound driver is to do a System Restore. Restore the system to a date that you know, when your sound worked. Check out the following links for a YouTube video and short tutorials on System Restore.

Note: Current documents, files and e-mails are not affected by System Restore. If you get an error like “Restoration Incomplete. Your computer cannot be restored", undo the last action by selecting “Undo my last restoration”. If you restored the system recently, the “Undo my last restoration” option is displayed in the System Restore list. You can use it to undo your most recent restore. This option is available only after you do a restore.

Here’s a YouTube video on how to restore a system with System Restore.

For more information about System Restore, visit the following link:

Sytem Restore FAQ

For Windows 7 or Vista:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html

7. Manually, diagnose the sound driver

If System Restore didn’t help or you get a message that System Restore couldn’t be completed, try the following:

Start the Device Manager (Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc and hit the Enter key).  In Device Manager, Click the + sign next to "Sound, video and game controllers". See that the sound driver that you noted from dxdiag above, is listed.

Double-click this sound driver. Device Manager should give a status message that the driver is working fine. If the driver isn’t there or if it shows a yellow exclamation mark, shows under other devices, or gives any other kind of status message, or there’s no sound driver at all, reinstall the driver. In any case, it doesn’t harm to reinstall the sound driver.

From this sound driver properties page, you may also click the Troubleshoot button, to open the Sound Troubleshooter in the Windows Help and Support Center.

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Sound Troubleshooter in the Windows Help and Support Center

You can also visit the following link about tips for fixing common sound problems:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-fixing-common-sound-problems

8. Enable/disable the built-in sound support in the BIOS

If your motherboard has built-in sound support, make sure that it’s enabled in the System BIOS/CMOS. However, if you have a separate sound card, and your motherboard’s built-in sound is also enabled in the BIOS/CMOS, there can be a conflict between the two sound cards. In this case, disable the built-in sound support from the BIOS/CMOS, if it’s not already disabled.

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Enable/disable the built-in sound support in BIOS

Here’s a video on how to enter the System BIOS/CMOS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLaoajhiN_k

And here’s another one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc1t3c5Yke8

Here’s a three-part video about everything you would want to know about the System BIOS/CMOS settings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKaKj6uRLSM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLaoajhiN_k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exU85jk9UyM

9. Reinstall Windows

If your motherboard’s built-in sound isn’t working, even after re-installing the sound driver, doing a System Restore, you can try reinstalling Windows.

Here are some YouTube videos about how to re-install Windows:

For installing/reinstalling Windows XP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_932T4FAAY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7usco-1nXGg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSJTgvet9QY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0cop_am1WM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf2Ffm33DhA

For installing/reinstalling Windows Vista:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeBjxHm19pk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puY4vRhAKYo

If you have to re-install Windows, you may want to backup any critical data files on to CD/DVD discs or USB flash drives/portable hard drives, before starting the installation. Click here to search for prices on flash drives and here for portable (external) hard drives.

10. Add a separate sound card

If your motherboard’s built-in sound isn’t working, even after re-installing the sound driver, doing a System Restore and re-installing Windows, you need to add a separate sound card. The easy option for non-technical people is to get a USB sound card. Such a card is also helpful, if your motherboard has no free expansion slots for an add-on sound card.

What are USB Sound Cards? USB sound "cards" are actually external boxes that plug into the computer via USB. The sound is produced in the software which runs on the  computer. These boxes only provide for connectivity from the pc via the USB bus to an external device like a microphone or line in/out connector. It’s more appropriate to call them as audio interfaces.

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USB Sound Card / Audio Interface

Click here to search for prices on Sound Cards.

11. Update the sound driver

Here’s an easy way to download and install/update your sound card driver.

12. Inspect the sound card

If updating the drivers didn’t help and if you have a separate sound card (not a built-in one on the motherboard), it’s possible that the drivers are correctly installed, but the sound card was displaced a little bit from its slot. This may be because there’s no screw holding it, or the card’s face plate misaligned with the computer case, which caused a loose contact between the card and the slot.

If you suspect this, you should power the computer off, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet, open up the computer and pull out the card. Then, re-insert it firmly into the slot or insert it into another slot, if you have another one free. Make sure to tighten the screw, which fixes the card to the case, and put one there, if it’s missing. Here’s a YouTube video about installing a sound card.

13. Test the sound card with a Linux Live CD distro

If none of the above methods worked, power off, unplug and open up the computer. Then, pull out your sound card and test it in another computer.

You can also download and boot from an Ubuntu Linux disc (about 700 MB), or the very light DamnSmallLinux (50 MB only), just to test the card, in case you can’t test your card in another computer.

You’d need to burn the ISO file with the “burn image to disc” option, in your CD writing software. To know more, how to burn ISO files, visit this post.

14. Downgrade to Vista or XP, if using Windows 7

If you tested your sound card and it worked with another system, and you have Windows 7 on your computer, it’s most likely that Windows 7 doesn’t support your sound card yet. Here, you have two options – downgrade to Windows Vista or XP, or get a sound card which is supported by Windows 7.

Here’s a list of Windows 7 supported sound cards from Microsoft.

This page lists Windows 7 compatible hardware and software.

Check the compatibility status of your software and devices, here.

If the card didn’t work even with another system, try

another sound card.

15. Test by using a different USB port

If the card is a USB sound card, try connecting it to a different USB port, especially the ones at the back of the computer, if you tried only the front USB ports. If you can’t get the card to work, try it on another computer. If it works on the other computer, the problem may be with the USB ports on your computer.

Test your USB ports by connecting other USB devices. You may also try removing the USB drivers from the Device manager and let Windows re-install them upon reboot. If  your computer doesn’t recognize any USB device, try the solutions in Troubleshooting USB connections”.

16. More information

For more information, visit the following links:

http://answers.microsoft.com/hi-in/default(en-us).aspx

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/xpmusic/threads?filter=answered

Here’s a video about troubleshooting sound issues. If you can’t hear any sound on your computer, you should watch it on some other computer where sound works, so you can hear the guy.

How to Enable a Device in Windows 7

December 6th, 2009 4 comments

Even though you might see your device displayed in the Device Manager in Windows 7, you must enable it before you can use it. When your device is disabled, Windows won’t assign system resources to it. The devices that are disabled will have a black arrow next to them and will generate a Code 22 error.

Here’s how to enable a device once you are in the Device Manager:

  • Right click on the hardware device you want to enable
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Driver tab
  • Click Enable, then click OK
  • Once you return to the Device Manager, the black arrow should be gone. If you see a yellow exclamation point, the device still isn’t working properly. Click here to see how to troubleshoot the yellow exclamation point.
  • If you want to verify that your device is working properly, you can check the device status in the 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.

FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 driver update

November 4th, 2008 No comments

FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 version 2006-03-10 from Xerox has a file size of 3.43MB having a file name dpc2100_pcl_95_2.6.1_tc.ZIP supports the program itself which was released on March 10, 2006 and was added on the market list since November 04, 2008. This application is categorized under printer drivers. A PC owner should be using and maintaining an operating system requirements such as Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 95 and Windows 2003.

Download the latest version of FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 device to improve computer stability as well as performance and driver errors and conflicts will be corrected. This driver is highly recommended for all users of FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatible. Follow the instructions to download the application program.

Instructions to install the program:

1. Click here to start FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 driver download.
2. Click on “Save File” FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 and start the installer when the download is complete.
3. Click “Run” button in the confirmation message.
4. Follow the screen instructions to complete the FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6-driver installation.

How to uninstall FX-DocuPrint-C4350-PCL-6?

If for any reason you want to uninstall FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 to fix strange errors, or you are looking for an effective way to completely uninstall, or you want fully remove its associated files out of your PC, or FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6  refuse to reinstall after you uninstalled it, then you can use a software program available and downloadable online which can provide you the answer to uninstall FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 completely from your PC to resolve various computer problems.

Here are the proven steps to uninstall FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 through Windows operating systems:

  • From “Add/Remove” programs list, you may begin your steps to uninstall the printer application
  • You may click on “Start”
  • Then locate “Control Panel”
  • Within Control Panel, you may click onto “Add / Remove Programs”
  • Last is to locate the program you want to remove & click “Remove”

 

 

FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 Driver Update

November 4th, 2008 No comments

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C4350 provides a complete in-house printing and finishing solution for many businesses. Its competitive price and low cost-per-page contradicts the power and quality that only Fuji Xerox can offer.Feature-packed and easily scalable, the DocuPrint C4350 widens your printing horizons in producing professional and outstanding results.

When quality and speed count, the DocuPrint C4350 guarantees real 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution for attractive, photo-quality documents in up to 16.7 million colours. Adobe PostScript 3 produces razor-sharp graphics and text for professional looking documents and broadens your printing capacities with such features as Adobe RGB and sRGB colour support, CMYK simulation as well as a ‘mid-tone only’ brightness control.

If it’s speed you’re after, the DocuPrint C4350 delivers 35 ppm (A4) colour/45 ppm (A4) mono print speeds and first page out times of 9.7 seconds colour and 6.9 seconds mono. Duplex printing is also lightning fast at up to 28 ppm (A4) colour/36 ppm (A4) mono. In addition, it also boasts its PCL 6 enhanced printing features for professional output on a variety of print media.

A host of standard print features and a variety of optional items make the DocuPrint C4350 ideal for professional or corporate use. Built-in Fuji Xerox reliability means years of trouble-free use in even the most demanding work environments including:

• Medium to large corporate workgroups
• In-house printing and graphics departments
• Digital print shops

Network connectivity is handled via the built-in 100Base-TX/10Base-T interface. There are also built-in USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and Parallel interfaces for local connections. Multi-platform capability allows you to print from both Windows and Macintosh computers. The DocuPrint C4350 supports Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), e-mail printing (of both messages and TIFF, JPEG, and PDF attachments), and Citrix Metaframe.

Fuji Xerox offers the widest range of digitally optimized paper and specialty media under one brand, making it easy to maximize the capabilities of the DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 and create new revenue opportunities. However, without the proper hardware driver, hardware failures and system crashes may occur.

Therefore, you have to get the appropriate driver from trusted sites. However, if finding the right hardware driver is time-consuming for you, try to use a driver update tool such as the one from this site. This will not only get you the correct printer driver, but also those of your other devices.

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6 driver version 2006-02-14 was released on July 25, 2005. This driver update package contains the PostScript Driver for FX DocuPrint C4350 PCL 6. This printer driver can be downloaded from this site and it can be installed on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 95
  • Windows98
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003

The driver update package also comes in a .zip file and thus, you have to make sure that you also have an archiving application on your computer, such as WinRar, WinZip or 7-zip. These applications should help you open and access the files within a .zip file.

If you are going to install the drivers manually, follow the screens until the manufacturer/model window appears. Select the “Have Disk” button and click “OK” on the Install from Disk window. Select the specific printer driver from the Add Printer Wizard window. Continue the installation as directed by the Add Printer Wizard.