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Hardware update Why does my computer take forever to update hardware information?

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  • biay20004 May 10, 2008

    yes

  • biay20004 May 10, 2008

    windows me

  • ALBERT GARCIA
    ALBERT GARCIA May 11, 2010

    WELL , depends , whats your OS ? do you perform a disk cleanup regularly ? do you have a lot of information on your comp. ? like PHOTOS , MUSIC , VIDEOS , SOFTWARES,



    PLEASE let me know for further assistance AJ

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This problem is caused by an incompatibility with Norton 2000 and Windows ME. Norton creates several thousand 0 byte files in your C:\Windows\Inf directory. You must delete these. More info on this problem and how to prevent it from occurring in the future can be found here: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nunt.nsf/docid/2000120915010309&src=w

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When faced with hardware on your computer such as a cd drive, sound board, video chip or even a network card. Try to go to the manufacturers website. If you have a dell computer go to support.dell.com. If you have an HP go to http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support_task.html and the list continues based on your make of computer. These sites will also have trouble shooting information and will walk you through on how to locate the correct driver for your needs. An easy way to see if the driver is installed for your hardware is to go to accessories-->system tools-->system information-->components. This will tell you if the hardware is even installed. If it does not show up under each category. It is not installed. There might be a exclamation point next to the hardware to. This usually means that the driver is installed but needs to be updated or is malfunctioning.

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How to Install Drivers to your computer ?


A device driver refers to a program (software) normally developed by the hardware manufacturer to allow it to interact with the computer system. This driver program is used by the different components and applications in the machine to execute a specific task like printing, DVD reading and writing, or connecting to the Internet among others. Device drivers are generally specific to the underlying Operating System and hardware, which means that the correct version must be installed to ensure proper operation of the supported device. You can do this by either re-installing the original driver for your device or to upgrade to new drivers.
Here are the steps on how to reinstall a device driver:
  1. Log on to your computer as an administrator
  2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and click Manage
  3. Under System Tools, click Device Manager
  4. In the right pane, expand any of the categories to find the hardware you need to reinstall. Right-click the device, and then click Uninstall
  5. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the OK button
  6. If you see a message asking if you want to restart your computer, click Yes. You can also manually restart your computer
  7. After the restart, Windows should automatically detect and reinstall the hardware.
Upgrading drivers for pre-existing devices
  1. Open Windows Device Manager. In the Device Manager locate the device you wish to update the drivers for.
  2. Right-click the device and click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window click the Driver tab.
  4. Click the Update Driver button.
  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard point Windows to the location of the updated drivers on your hard disk drive.
  6. Once drivers have been installed, reboot.
After you computer has restarted, Windows will use the previous version of your driver. If you're still having difficulties getting the device to work properly, it's possible you're encountering a hardware issue and not an issue with the drivers. Refer to the troubleshooting steps for your hardware device for additional help and information.

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I suggest you to update the display adapter.
Steps to update display adapter.
i. Click Start, type devmgmt.msc and press enter.
ii. Expand display adapter and right click on the sub item and click update driver.
For more information on updating driver, you may visit the link mentioned below:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Update-a-driver-for-hardware-that-isnt-working-properly
Revert us back if you come across the same issue after this.
Hope this information is helpful.

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Hardware identification is a crucial step when researching or troubleshooting your computer. Additionally, hardware identification is required when updating the drivers for your hardware. You might have an occasion where you need to learn more information about your webcam. While Microsoft provides the drivers for most types and brands of webcams, sometimes the driver provided is outdated. You can find information about your webcam and update its drivers through the Windows Device Manager.

Instructions
1 Load a "Run" dialog by simultaneously pressing the "Windows" and "R" buttons on your keyboard.
2 Type "Devmgmt.msc" (without quotes) in "Run," and click "OK." This opens "Windows Device Manager."
3 Click the arrow next to "Imaging devices" to expand a list of related hardware. Your webcam is listed by its name in this section. Continue reading to learn how to research further information about your webcam.
4 Right-click your webcam, and click "Properties." Look at the "Device Status" section. This area provides information regarding the status of your webcam. If the device has a problem, it will be noted here.
5 Click the "Driver" tab. This area contains the provider, date, and version number of the currently installed driver. If no driver is installed, it will be noted here. Click the "Update Driver" button, and follow the onscreen prompts to update your webcam's hardware-driver.
6 Access your webcam's main interface by typing "webcam" in the "Search" box on the "Start" menu and then pressing "Enter." Depending on the model, additional information and settings might be provided on this interface.

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How to Install Drivers to your computer ?


A device driver refers to a program (software) normally developed by the hardware manufacturer to allow it to interact with the computer system. This driver program is used by the different components and applications in the machine to execute a specific task like printing, DVD reading and writing, or connecting to the Internet among others. Device drivers are generally specific to the underlying Operating System and hardware, which means that the correct version must be installed to ensure proper operation of the supported device. You can do this by either re-installing the original driver for your device or to upgrade to new drivers.
Here are the steps on how to reinstall a device driver:
  1. Log on to your computer as an administrator
  2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and click Manage
  3. Under System Tools, click Device Manager
  4. In the right pane, expand any of the categories to find the hardware you need to reinstall. Right-click the device, and then click Uninstall
  5. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the OK button
  6. If you see a message asking if you want to restart your computer, click Yes. You can also manually restart your computer
  7. After the restart, Windows should automatically detect and reinstall the hardware.

Upgrading drivers for pre-existing devices
  1. Open Windows Device Manager. In the Device Manager locate the device you wish to update the drivers for.
  2. Right-click the device and click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window click the Driver tab.
  4. Click the Update Driver button.
  5. In the Hardware Update Wizard point Windows to the location of the updated drivers on your hard disk drive.
  6. Once drivers have been installed, reboot.
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Drivers are small software programs that help control devices attached to your computer because drivers enable your operating system and other software to communicate with various hardware devices, controllers, and other peripherals. In other words, drivers work as instruction manuals that provide software with the information with regard to controlling and communicating with different hardware devices.
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  • Issue:
  • My computer is running slow what steps can I do to fix it?
  • Cause:
  • This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities.
  • Hard disk drive is short on available disk space.
  • Several software programs have been installed/uninstalled leaving behind bad files and/or confusing the software.
  • Data Corruption.
  • Missing Windows updates / Outdated drivers.
  • Computer is overheating.
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  • Bad Hardware.
  • Solution:
  • Below are steps for Microsoft Windows users that should help speed up the computer or determine why the computer is running slow.
  • Note: If it is just your Internet that is slow see document CH000986 for reasons why this may be happening.
  • Not enough hard disk drive space
  • Verify that there is at least 200-500MB of free hard disk drive space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size as well as room for temporary files.
  • Steps on how to determine how much disk space your computer has can be found on document CH000369.
  • See document CH000528 for additional information about regaining lost hard disk drive space.
  • Hard drive corrupted or fragmented
  • Run Scandisk or something equivalent to help ensure that there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard disk drive.
  • Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.
  • Background programs
  • Remove or disable any TSRs or programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. See document CHTSR for additional information. If you're wanting to see what programs are running in the background, how much memory they're using, and their CPU usage open Task Manager. Also, if you are running Windows 7, you can run Resmon to find out which programs are taking up a lot of space.
  • If you've got an anti-virus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or other security utility make sure it's not running in the background as you're trying to work. Often when these programs begin to scan the computer it can decrease the overall performance of your computer.
  • Hardware conflicts
  • Verify that the Device Manager has no conflicts. If any exist resolve these issues as they could be the cause of your problem. Information about how to get into Device Manager can be found on document CH000833.
  • Update Windows
  • Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer. Additional information about making sure Windows is up-to-date can be found on document CH000545.
  • Update your drivers
  • Make sure you've got the latest drivers for your computer. Especially the latest video drivers. Having out-of-date drivers can cause an assortment of issues. See document CH000546 for additional information.
  • Computer or processor is overheating
  • Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating, excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance some processors will even lower the speed of the processor automatically to help compensate for the heat related issues. Additional information about your processor temperature and was of determining how hot it is can be found on document CH000687.
  • Specific operating system basic troubleshooting
  • Basic Microsoft Windows XP troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows 2000 troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows ME troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows 98 troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows 95 troubleshooting.
    Basic Microsoft Windows 3.x troubleshooting.
  • Or go through the other basic troubleshooting steps.
  • Memory upgrade
  • If you've had your computer for more than one year it's likely you're computer is not meeting the memory requirements for today. We suggest at a minimum the computer have 1GB of memory. Additional information about determining how much RAM is installed in your computer can be found on document CH000149.
  • Erase computer and start over
  • Finally, if none of the above solutions resolve your issues, it is recommended that you either reinstall Windows and/or erase everything and then start over. Additional information about how to do this can be found on document CH000186.
  • Hardware issues
  • If your computer continues to be slow after going over each of the above recommendations it's possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad CPU, RAM, Motherboard, or other component.
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Check for the following settings:
1. Power saving feature
2. Is the system configured for sleep or hibernate?
3. Try restoring the system back to factory defaults (backup the files you need to keep first)

Note: Try to include the following information every time you request for support for your computer:
1. Brand Name (Acer, Dell, HP, IBM etc.)
2. Operating System (XP, Vista, Linux, MacOS, etc.)
3. Any recent changes made (installations, updates, upgrades, etc)
4. Any error mesages?

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