What Should I Know About Scanners?
Scanners are one of the most intriguing, and, for some people, important peripherals that they have installed on their computers. By allowing people to capture image data from any document - and even most objects - scanners have enabled just about any computer user to take things that exist outside of their computer and place them directly into documents. Many scanners include software that even allows users to scan documents and then directly edit the text found within them, dramatically cutting down on transcription time. Other people use their scanners to import photographs, saving the time and money that a professional studio would require to perform a similar service.
While the actual mechanics of a scanner are slightly outside of the scope of this article, we must explain, briefly, the process by which they communicate with computers. First, the scanner’s governing software tells the scanner to turn on, and then to warm up. Once this is done, the user may initiate scanning. The data that is captured by the scanner is then sent, over a USB cable, to the computer, where it may be manipulated.
What is a Scanner Driver?
The software that governs the process outlined above is called a driver. Functioning in a similar manner to a set of instructions, a scanner driver tells the scanner how to capture image data, how to transmit that data over a USB cable, and then tells the computer how to turn that data into information that computer users can then use. It should be pretty clear that the scanner driver is critical in order for the scanner to function as it should.
What Can Happen if the Scanner Driver Becomes Outdated or Corrupted?
Scanner drivers, just like all other types of device drivers, can become outdated, corrupted, and even broken. When this happens, a wide variety of different things can happen: the scanner may start scanning poorly or more slowly, the scanner may stop working altogether, or the computer itself may begin running more slowly. If the driver issue is particularly bad, then any program that uses that driver may crash - or the computer itself could crash!
Some common scanner driver errors include:
- Scanner Driver error #281, -45230
- Scanner Driver error #39
- Extended error code 8, [(1,0, -2147024770)]
As you can see, these error codes are not particularly helpful. While they may inform the person that developed the driver itself, they do little to help even advanced users - let alone tell us how to fix them! Thankfully, there are software solutions to this, like Driver Genius, which can automatically fix any problem like this.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Olivetti D Color MF20 Fiery Scanner Windows 9X/ME/NT/2000/XP 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 You Make Sure Your Drivers Are Running Correctly?
There are a number of different ways that you can make sure that your drivers are running correctly. The first of these is to wait until you get a driver error, search the Internet for that particular driver error code, and hope that someone has posted a solution for repair online. Depending on which device fails, however, this may be a terrible idea - because if your USB driver or display driver fail, you may not even be able to search the Internet!
The second method relies on fixing problems before they occur, and that means keeping all of your drivers updated. To do this, you must first open Device Manager, find the device driver you wish to update, and check the release date of that driver. Then, you must open an Internet browser, navigate to the original driver’s homepage, and check to see if a new driver has been released. If so, go ahead and download that driver, uninstall the old driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your computer.
There’s one more option - and it also relies on fixing problems before they occur. Simply download and install Driver Genius, and then run the program. This will automatically check all of the drivers on your computer, download new drivers if necessary, and install them on its own.
Now, which method sounds the easiest to you?
How Can I Avoid Ever Having Driver Conflicts Again?
There are two ways that you can make sure your device drivers never fail: you can either repeat the process of checking, downloading, and installing all of your drivers manually on a weekly basis (which can be very time consuming, as most computers will have dozens of different device drivers on them), or you can download and install Driver Genius. Driver Genius will perform all of the necessary steps to ensure you never have driver problems again.
Can I Install Third-Party Device Drivers?
Most devices can run drivers that are designed by multiple different developers - but they shouldn’t. This is because only the original developer of the driver, and therefore the only authorized developer of that device driver, knows exactly how that device works. Think of it this way: would you take a Ford to a Hyundai dealership to repair and expect the same results for the same price?
Unfortunately, installing third-party drivers can result in not only computer slowdowns and crashes, but possibly even viruses and other types of malware. Creating faulty drivers is a popular and sadly effective method of infecting computers.
Due to these reasons, it is important to only use official device drivers. Thankfully, Driver Genius operates only official drivers, so you won’t have anything to worry about.
So What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
- Driver Genius can make computer maintenance an automated process: By automatically monitoring and updating all necessary device drivers, Driver Genius removes all of the hassle from this aspect of computer maintenance.
- Driver Genius can make computer maintenance a fast process: Because Driver Genius was programmed to operate quickly and painlessly, and it can handle all of the driver functions of your computer automatically, it will save you and your family a great deal of time and difficulty when it comes to computer maintenance.
- Driver Genius will save you a great deal of money: One of the most common reasons that computers end up in repair shops is due to driver issues, and while these can be relatively easy to repair for experienced technicians, that won’t stop them from charging you an arm and a leg to repair. Why not cut them out of the process, and let Driver Genius fix your driver issues for you?