Understanding Common Driver Error Codes
Posted by Charley at 12:12 am
We tend to disregard the importance of driver updates for as long as the computer is still able to create images on the screen, produce sound from the speakers and navigate according to what we want. As a result, problems may occur if a computer wouldn’t get updated to its latest drivers.
Computers usually provide error codes that give the user a hint of what the root cause is. However, not all of us would able to precisely distinguish the meaning of error codes and how to deal with it. This article will give you an explanation on some of the common PC error codes related to drivers and how to troubleshoot them.
- This means that the driver of a particular device might be corrupted or the memory of your computer may be running low.
- Verify the memory, system resources and the virtual memory settings in the Task Manager. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to view the Performance tab of Windows Task Manager. If the PF Usage occupies more than half of its level, then terminate some active programs that are not currently needed to reduce the PC’s memory usage. The best resolution is to add more RAM to increase memory space.
- To check or adjust virtual memory settings, do a right-click on My Computer > Click on Properties > Go to the Advance tab > Click on Settings in the Performance area.
It’s possible that device driver is also corrupted. Re-installing the driver may possibly fix this issue. Follow these steps:
- Click on Start > Go to Control Panel > Double-click on System > Go to the Hardware tab > Click the Device Manager > Click the plus (+) sign beside the driver of the corrupted device, then click on Uninstall > Restart the computer and then re-install the driver.
- Code 18 is quite similar to the code 3. However, code 18 focuses only in re-installing the particular driver.
- This error means that a particular driver was disabled.
- To resolve the issue, go to the computer Device Manager window > Right-click on the device that has a red X beside it then click on Enable.
There are still lots of error codes that can be displayed, but the bottom line is – when resolving a particular error code, they mostly require general troubleshooting steps such as checking the Device Manager, restarting the computer, or driver re-install. The most important task to remember is to ensure that all drivers are up-to-date by using Driver Medic. Latest updates can fix bug issues and prevents the PC from having corrupted drivers.