A device driver is a software program that is required by an operating system to communicate easily with the peripheral and hardware devices connected to a computer. For example, audio cards require specific audio drivers to work properly and Ethernet cards need specific Ethernet drivers to be able to communicate with networking software on your computer. Each device driver has a specific function that corresponds to a specific hardware.
Some of the common causes of driver errors are incorrectly connected hardware and obsolete, outdated or incompatible drivers.
The following is a common method that is used to resolve many different types of driver issues:
- Ensure that your device is properly connected to the system and is turned on. Although this may seem silly, the truth is that most driver errors are resolved at this first step.
- Sometimes installing a new program or connecting a new device can also cause errors to your system. This happens when the new device or program is not compatible with the system or one of its components. To resolve this issue, remove the new device or program from your system. If this resolves the issue, you will have to get a compatible software or device for your computer.
- You might also face errors if your device driver becomes corrupted, or if you have installed an incompatible driver update. In this case, it is advisable that you regularly update your drivers. To update you driver, you can use the Device Manager utility. You can start the Device Manager by running the devmgmt.msc command.In the Device Manager window right-click on the faulty device and select Properties. In the device property window, check Device status to ensure that your driver is the cause of error or not. If it is, then you can select one of the three options from the Driver tab to resolve the problem.
- Update Driver: Use this option to launch the Hardware Update Wizard to download and install driver updates.
- Rollback Driver: If your error message is received soon after you have installed a new update then you can use the rollback option to revert to the previous driver version.
- Uninstall Driver: If all other options fail and you still have errors, then you may uninstall the driver completely and then reinstall it.
To update your drivers you can also use third-party driver update tools such as Driver Finder that automatically scan your system for corrupted and outdated drivers. These tools also automatically download and install relevant updates to ensure that all your drivers stay up-to-date.
Keeping your device drivers up-to-date is essential to keep your PC secure and at its best performance. Although you can use the Device Manager tool to update your driver, the process is manual and time-consuming. Also, if you are unable to take the time to perform the updates, you may completely overlook the task. Having a driver scanner tool, such as Driver Finder saves you from this task by automating driver update-related activities.