USB Driver Update Information
If you find that your USB device has failed to operate, or the USB ports on your machine are not functioning correctly, then there is a strong chance that you have a problem with the drivers, as all device drivers can get damaged and consequently fail.
When any system file gets damaged, then it follows that the processes that rely on the damaged files will also cease to function correctly too. This includes hardware like USB ports, and so you will need to restore the damaged or missing system files in order to address the problem.
You can check whether it is a driver failure by double clicking on the individual USB device in the ‘Device Manager’ to see what the error message is. Just doing this may indicate that there is a missing driver.
How To Update Your USB Drivers
You can the try to download an updated driver from the manufacturers website, but to do this, you have to know the exact driver that you need.
As a very quick and simple alternative, you can update all of the drivers on your machine at the same time with the extremely handy ‘Driver Installer’ tool. Why not do it the easy way?
What Are USB Drivers?
Drivers are small programs that allow hardware devices to communicate with each other, and USB drivers are those that allow you to successfully use the USB ports on your computer.
There are two different types of USB ports that might be on your machine, and if it was built after 2002, it is likely that you have USB 2.0 ports on your machine. USB 2.0 devices offer far faster data transfer speeds and are backwards compatible with earlier USB devices.
This will only be the case if you have the correct USB 2.0 drivers installed, of course, and they have to be working properly as well.
If your machine is running XP, the USB drivers were released in Service Pack 1 because the original operating system software was initially released before USB 2.0 first became available.
If your USB ports are all functioning properly, and there are no driver errors, then your computer is likely to recognize and install any device that you connect through the USB port automatically.
If, however, there is some kind of problem, then this is not likely to happen, so if you try to connect an external device through the USB port that is not recognized, you need to check what the problem is.
To do this (in XP), open up the ‘Control Panel’ of your machine and click on ‘System’, then on ‘Hardware’ and finally on ‘Device Manager’.
Scroll to the bottom to ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’ and open it up. You should then see the USB ports of your machine listed and if any has a yellow warning triangle next to it, there is the root of your problem.
The Easy Solution To Automatically Update USB Drivers
automatically updates over 1 million different drivers, so whatever you have on your machine, it is almost certainly going to be able to repair and update all of your drivers for you, and thereby solve any driver problems that are currently causing you problems.