New Hardware Tips

Posted on February 13, 2008

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I was going to make a video on this but it didnt work…

Ever get a new piece of hardware and get errors? I have gotten errors like that many times and I have found out many ways to get rid of them. So now I will share with you my list of things to do when a piece of hardware fails.

1. Restart! Sometimes your computer needs to restart in order to get the drivers running properly. This is the first thing you should do if something like a new keyboard or mouse is not working.

2. Make sure that the drivers are properly installed and that you have the right drivers. If the drivers are not installed then most USB Drives and other removable media will probably not work. If the drivers are already installed but you get the same error then you should see if the drivers that you are using are the right ones.

3. Make sure that the operating system that you are using is compatible with the drivers that you are using. Newer operating systems like Vista may not support some old drivers. S, if you have Vista then listen carefully. First, browse the web and try and find drivers for your device that are compatible with your current operating system and download those. If you can’t find one and you have a copy of XP (Or any previous operating system that will be supported by the driver) lying around then you can Dual Boot with it. Dual boot means that you have more than one operating system running on your computer. (For instructions on how to safely dual-boot check out youtube.).But if you don’t want to go through all the trouble then just use a VM or Virtual Machine.

4. Does the device require software to run? (Don’t confuse software with drivers). If the device came with a  CD then use it.

…And that’s it!

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