Tips for fixing common driver problems

In system, many hardware devices are connected and they need special drivers to work properly. In case if any hardware device does not work properly, then it is due to driver problem. Here I have tried to give simple solutions to fix common problems of device drivers in system.

Before that, let us know about some Device Driver problems or errors of some drivers

Printer driver issues:

  • Error 1 - Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for any inconvenience
  • Error 2 – Spoolsv.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Audio driver issues:

  • MIDI output error detected
  • Reinstall the drivers for this device
  • Your audio hardware cannot play files like the current file
  • No wave device that can play files in the current format is installed

USB driver issues:

  • Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged
  • The drivers for this device are not installed
  • Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware.

Perform below mentioned steps to fix any device driver problems in system

  • Go to desktop, choose “My Computer Icon” and right click on it. A small pop up menu appears, from that choose “Properties” and then next click on Hardware tab, choose “Device Manager.”
  • A list of all device connected to your system will appear. From that list, you look for the yellow triangle, as problematic devices will have a yellow triangle next to their name in the left column.
  • After identifying, right click on the device that is showing yellow mark and then select “Properties”. A window appears that comprises of tabs, under the “Resources” tab, check “Resource Allocation” and “Modify Resource Settings” to avoid driver conflict problems. Next, click on “Update Driver” button to install updates if the driver is outdated.
  • Suppose if the driver is completely corrupted or damaged then uninstall that driver and next reinstall it again. Again you end up with same problem, restore the original by choosing the “Roll Back Driver” button.
  • In case device manager does not work then go with Recovery Console by inserting the Windows installation disk and rebooting the system. When welcome screen appears, select R and login with administrator credentials. Next, type in "CD Windows\system32\drivers" and select "Enter."
  • Continue in the Recovery Console mode and type in "Ren Driver_Name.sys Driver_Name.old," hit "Enter" then type "copy CD-Drive:\i386 Driver_Name.sys" and press "Enter" again. This process will help you to copy original driver to the driver folder. After completing this, exit from Recovery console, eject the CD and reboot your system.

By following above-mentioned steps, you can easily fix common driver problems encountered in your system. Suppose if these methods do not work and you are not able to fix them then use Remo Driver Discover tool that efficiently scans your system to detect drivers that are not working properly. Later fixes them by updating or installing drivers through its database.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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