How to Fix USB Driver Problems, Common Error Troubleshooting

What is USB Driver?

A USB (Universal Serial Bus) driver is a software program that is used to access files and programs that have been stored on external devices, such as USB flash drive. In other words, a USB driver has the capability to distinguish how a computer interacts with the USB hardware. Up to now, USB drivers are widely designed and compatible for almost all type of computers, despite of Windows operating system or MAC OS they are using. In addition, a USB port is necessary in any machine, which technically functions as a portable hard drive.

Information about USB Flash Drive

A USB flash drive, also known as a USB memory stick, a USB drive or a USB keychain drive, is a small data storage device that can be connected to a computer using USB driver. With the aid of its integrated Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface, a USB flash drive is easy to carry around by users. In some cases, a typical USB drive can take the place of a removal floppy disk, ZIP drive disk or CD. Users can simply transfer their data between machine and USB flash drive. In general, a computer’s operating system will automatically recognize the USB drive and assign it as a drive letter as long as it is being plugged into the USB port. Afterwards, users are able to transfer or store files in USB flash drive freely.

USB Driver Problems (How to Fix)

Errors related to USB Driver may be USB Device not recognized, This Device Cannot Start or No USB Drivers Installed. It is common that different errors should refer to different driver problems. Before carrying out the troubleshooting of USB driver issues, users can start eliminating the simplest causes. Here is how:

1. Restart your computer.

Restarting a computer can repair some simple problems on PC at times. However, you need to disconnect all power supplies while shutting down the computer. The reason is that the motherboard may still receive some power, even though the computer is shut down. So it is necessary to disconnect all power of computer, and wait for few minutes to restart. For laptop user, it is recommended to remove the battery as well to make sure the effect. Provided the USB device is still not working, there may be other problems for computer.

2. Power to USB device.

Some USB devices may be required for battery power or charge-needed power to maintain their regular work. This may include as camera or USB mouse. In consequence, you can have a check on the power of your USB devices. If they have power and cannot work still, you could examine the USB ports with the following instruction.

3. Damaged USB Port.

A USB port can be used to connect stand-alone electronic devices with computer. It is a standard cable connection interface on a personal computer or other consumer electronics such as Ipad. PCs may not be able to recognize the inserted USB flash drive occasionally due to the damaged port. To check the problem, you can plug your removal devices in another external USB port. If it still cannot work, it might be the problem of USB driver.

Common method to fix USB driver problems:

Before troubleshoot the problems of USB driver, you need to make sure that the driver errors are caused by USB device. If you know the specific device that is triggering driver errors, you can download the latest version of drivers from its manufacturer’s website and then install it on PC. If not sure, you may attempt to reinstall USB Controller driver to fix the issue.

Here is the step by step guide:

1. Download the updated USB Controller driver from its supported webpage.
2. Start up your computer. Click Start icon on the desktop and click Run.
3. Type sysdm.cpl without quotes in the blank box and Enter.

4. In System Properties windows, click on Hardware tab.
5. Choose Device Manager button.

6. Select the plus sign next to Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand this option.
7. Right click on the devices located under Universal Serial Bus controllers and choose Uninstall to remove default USB driver.
8. Restart PC.
9. Install the downloaded file of USB Controller driver. (If you are using Windows XP, Windows will automatically reinstall the system drivers for USB Controllers.)
10. Plug a USB device into computer, and check if the driver can work or not.

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