How To Identify Hardware Driver Problems
Modern technology has come a long way. We have advanced to the point where tiny laptops allow you to plug many different kinds of devices into them or even link up to each other. All of this “plug and play” functionality has been made possible through the use of device drivers.
These drivers assist communication between your hardware (the device) and your operating system (a particular version of Microsoft Windows). There is a different device driver for every piece of hardware attached to your computer, right down to the keyboard. Because these drivers are such an integral part of any piece of hardware, developers are constantly upgrading them as users report any bugs or security threats.
Usually, the device driver is able to send messages between the hardware and operating system without any problems. However, this is not always the case. There have been times where a device will function improperly, cause the system to freeze or even stop functioning all together. When a piece of hardware starts behaving in this way, the device driver is usually to blame.
We don’t always know the cause of the problems. Sometimes it is due to incompatibility issues with Windows, other times the driver file becomes corrupted, and even Spyware can have alter a driver file. Regardless of the reason, there are ways to correct it easily. But first, you must determine if a device driver is the cause of your problems.
Do I Have A Device Driver Problem?
• Are you having sporadic problems with your hardware (freezing or not functioning properly)?
SOLUTION: Upgrade your device driver to the latest version for your operating system. This can be downloaded from the Manufacturer’s Support Website.
• Has your hardware stopped working completely?
SOLUTION: Upgrade the driver and restart your computer. If this does not work you must reinstall the driver completely. If the hardware is still not functioning at all, then the problem is with the physical hardware itself. If you have recently installed the hardware, make sure that you installed it properly and all wires are connected. If it worked properly in the past, then you may need to replace the hardware. It would be best to contact the manufacturer of the product at this point.
• Have you recently done any kind of upgrade to your hardware or software that works with this hardware? Sometimes a Windows Update will have an effect as well.
SOLUTION: Roll back the drivers to the previous version when everything was working correctly.
If you’re experiencing these problems, it is most likely an issue with the device driver. Faulty drivers result in system crashes, freezes and Windows error messages. If you have fallen victim to these problems don’t jump to the conclusion that your hardware is damaged. It is most likely the driver. Follow the directions listed under the solutions above and you will be able to solve the issue with ease.