Windows Drivers Can Sometimes Cause USB Problems

Windows Drivers Can Sometimes Cause USB Problems

Everyone I know of likes devices that work. That being said, sometimes PC devices can behave strangely when being connected, disconnected or reconnected to a Windows computer or device. This is especially true of USB devices, which should mount automatically when connected thanks to generic Windows USB drivers that load when a device is connected.

Plug-and-Play Doesn’t Always Play Nice

Unfortunately, new USB devices are sometimes not recognized as expected, a driver problem or a controller problem crops up and all kinds of unusual things can happen! This isn’t cause for panic, but there are a few things you can do to clear up any confusion that might have arisen.
There’s no harm in trying a restart with your device connected. That alone may force the USB serial bus controller to recognize your device. If that doesn’t work, you may need to apply a little hammer to the problem. Not a real one, of course, but the effect will be the same.

You can force Windows to reload the USB serial controllers simply by uninstalling the active ones and then restarting the computer. You may have multiple controllers installed; if this is the case, remove all of them.

To force a reinstallation of the USB serial controller, open the Control Panel and choose System> Device Manager. Choose Universal Serial Bus Controllers and open it up. Find the Host Controller and uninstall it. If the interface shows a double exclamation point next to the host controller, you may be experiencing a driver issue. Nonetheless, there’s no harm in reinstalling the USB controllers, so uninstall and restart.

If your USB issue still doesn’t resolve, consider uninstalling and reinstalling the USB drivers for the device in question. You can find both generic USB drivers and device-specific drivers. The device manufacturers will make device-specific drivers available, usually on their technical support site. Even if the version of the device driver you have is the most current one, you should download and install a fresh copy of the driver, in the event that your installed version has become corrupted.

One good way to manage your drivers is to use a driver management software program like Driver Detective. Driver Detective is a well recognized program that is designed to monitor, manage and maintain the drivers your PC needs around the clock. You don’t have to check for driver updates anymore because Driver Detective will do that for you. It will also maintain a backup copy of your drivers and reinstall a fresh copy if a driver becomes lost, erased or corrupted.
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