The First Things You Should Know About Card Readers
When digital cameras, MP3 players, and other devices equipped with digital memory cards began being released, the only way to get the data off of them and onto a computer was by connecting them directly to a computer with a USB cable. Now, however, it is possible to take the memory card out of your devices and insert them directly into your computer, meaning that you no longer have to deal with a tangle of cables and wires.
These card readers, just like all of the other devices hooked up to your computer, operate according to the instructions given them to them by small pieces of software called device drivers. Card reader device drivers, just like all of the device drivers on your computer, are required for your devices to run correctly and efficiently. Unfortunately, just like all of the device drivers on your computer, these can become broken, outdated, and corrupted. In this brief article, we will take a look at what this means, as well as telling you some solutions to correct the problem.
So What Do Card Reader Drivers Do?
As we mentioned in the previous section, card reader device drivers serve as a set of instructions that tell your computer how to interact with your card reader device. Specifically, they inform your computer how to read and manipulate the data that is on these cards, as well as how to take the data off of the card and place it onto your computer.
When your card reader device drivers are functioning correctly, they allow for the seamless movement of data to and from your card reader and your computer. This process should be relatively fast, and should never generate any errors - provided that your drivers are functioning correctly.
What Can Happen if My Card Reader Drivers Are Not Working?
If your card reader device drivers stop working as they should, a number of different things can happen. The most common of these is that the transfer rate between your computer and the card reader becomes slower, and transferring pictures to and from your computer to the card reader will take longer than it otherwise should. More severe problems can mean that you can no longer read the data on your cards, cannot move the data one way or another, or even program crashes. In a worst-case scenario, faulty card reader device drivers can interact so badly with your computer that they cause system crashes and make it so other programs have difficulty functioning correctly.
Some of the common card reader device driver error messages include
- Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)
- The device cannot start. (Code 10)
- ERROR_PWD_TOO_RECENT or ERROR CODE 0x268 (Code 616)
Obviously, these messages aren't terribly helpful at informing computer users how to repair the problem. While these problems can be repaired with a little bit of know-how, the easiest way is to simply install and run automated driver recovery software like Driver Genius.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as:
Realtek Acer Aspire 5251 Notebook Card Reader 6.1.7600.30113 driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
How Can I Fix Card Reader Driver Errors?
The best way to repair card reader device driver errors is the same as it is with most other computer problems: to fix them before they start. The easiest way to do this is to simply make sure that your device drivers are up to date. To do this, first, open your Device Manager. From here, find the device driver you wish to update, and note its release date. Then, navigate to the card reader manufacturer's website, and find the correct driver for your device. If it was released after the one you currently have installed, download it, uninstall the old driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your machine.
In order to make sure all of your drivers are up to date, repeat this process for every device driver on your computer. This may take awhile, as most computers have several dozen device drivers at any one time.
Alternatively, you could download and install Driver Genius, and allow it to update and repair all of your device drivers for you automatically. All that the program requires of you is a push of a button, and it do everything else for you.
How Can I Ensure I Don't Have Driver Problems?
There are two ways to make sure that you don't have device driver problems again: you can either manually download and install all of your device drivers on a weekly basis as explained above, or you can simply run software like Driver Genius. We recommend just installing Driver Genius - it eliminates all of the ambiguity and hassle of installing new device drivers, and it is far faster than the manual process.
Can I Use Third Party Drivers?
In a word, no. The only device drivers that you should ever install on your computer are the ones that are officially licensed by the manufacturer of the device. This is because only the original device driver developers will know exactly how to program the device driver correctly. What's worse, third party device drivers have been known to contain viruses, spyware, and other types of malware.
Thankfully, Driver Genius installs only officially licensed device drivers, regardless of the device.
What Can Driver Genius Do For You?
- Driver Genius will save you time: By scanning, updating, and fixing broken device drivers for you automatically, Driver Genius will save you all of the time and hassle that it would otherwise take to perform this monotonous task.
- Driver Genius will save you money: Because a huge portion of all of the computer repair work done in professional repair shops is due to device driver error, Driver Genius will save you the money involved in professional computer repair.
- Driver Genius is award-winning software: Because of how efficient, powerful, and easy to use Driver Genius is, it has won numerous awards from a variety of different groups across the industry.