The First Things You Should Know About TV Tuners
TV Tuners are a type of video card that, when attached to your computer and running correctly, allow you to watch television on your computer. Many TV tuners also allow you to record your favorite shows directly to your computer so that you can watch it again later.
Just like with standard video cards, your TV tuner requires a series of different things to work correctly so that it can function as it's supposed to. First, your motherboard must be fully-functional, and so too must your standard video card. That's because while your TV tuner can accept an external signal, most of the time they are not directly connected to your motherboard. Finally, you must also have a driver that's running up to speed.
Your driver is the easiest part to have fail on you - that's because these, unlike actual pieces of hardware, can become outdated, and an outdated or broken driver can have a huge impact on your computer.
What Do TV Tuner Drivers Actually Do?
Device drivers are small pieces of computer software that, when working correctly, tell the devices on your computer how to interpret external signals, user commands, and even instructions from the computer itself. While different device drivers perform these functions a little bit differently from each other, it's important to understand that these serve as a set of directions for your computer to know how to use your devices.
One way to understand this relationship is like that of a musician, his instrument, and a piece of music. Each of these are necessary for the musician to perform effectively. In this example, your computer is the musician, the device is his instrument, and the device driver software is the sheet music. Without sheet music, or even just music that the musician knows from memory, then he wouldn't be able to play particularly good music. So too is it with your computer and device drivers.
What Happens When TV Tuner Drivers Fail or Become Outdated?
A wide variety of different things can happen. First, if you are fortunate, your TV tuner will simply stop working, or you may receive video errors or notice glitches appearing on the screen. If the driver error is of a more significant nature, then you may actually have far more severe problems, include system crashes, operating system failures, and more.
Because device drivers, like TV tuner drivers, operating at such a root level of your computer's operating system, problems can cascade throughout the rest of your computer. That's why it is so important to always make sure that your drivers, whether for your sound card, monitor, or your TV tuner, are always working at full capacity.
For better or worse, the error codes that are most often connected with TV tuners are usually the same as those connected with video card driver errors:
- Video Card Error Code 43
- Video Card Error Code 19
As you can see, these codes don't really explain much about the problem - or even where the problem lies!
In such a case, and when you're searching for a very specific driver such as: Leadtek Winfast DVR3100 H 18.104.22.168 Whql For XP64 driver - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we 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 Keep My TV Tuner Driver Running Correctly?
There are two ways to avoid having the problems that we outlined above, and both of them rely on making sure your drivers are updated and running correctly at all times. The first way goes something like this: first, open your Device Manager, and find your TV tuner in the list. Then, make note of when that driver was released. After that, use your web browser to navigate to the website of the manufacturer of your TV tuner, find your device, and then find their driver download section. If their driver is newer than the one you have installed, go ahead and download and install it, making sure to reboot your computer afterwards.
In order to make sure all of the device drivers on your computer are running effectively, repeat this process for each driver on your computer.
Alternatively, you could just download and run Driver Genius, which will not only handle all of the functions outlined above, but will do them quickly, automatically, and will even repair any and all driver problems that it finds.
How Can I Avoid Having Driver Problems in the Future?
The easiest way to avoid ever having another driver problem again is to simply download, install, and allow Driver Genius to run on a regular basis. Otherwise, your only option is to manually update your drivers on a weekly basis, a process which can take many hours.
How About Third Party Drivers?
You should never install third-party, non-official device drivers. This is main because rogue developers often use the lure of non-official, "faster," or "more efficient" device drivers as a way to get you to download their products - which then serve as a method to put viruses, spyware, and other types of malware onto your computer. Because of the incredibly high risk of putting bad software on your computer, you should always avoid third-party device driver developers, sticking only to officially-licensed device drivers.
Thankfully, you'll never need to worry about this if you use Driver Genius, as it only uses official and licensed device drivers.
Why Should I Install Driver Genius?
Driver Genius is fast, efficient, and effective: by automatically and quickly scanning all of the device drivers on your computer, downloading new ones when necessary, and installing them without any effort from you, Driver Genius can save you a great deal of time.
Driver Genius is safe: by removing any risk on your part of downloading faulty, outdated, or even virus-ridden device drivers, Driver Genius can make sure that anything installed on your computer that's a driver is safe.
Driver Genius is award-winning software: because it was designed to allow even the most novice of computers users to use it, and because it is powerful enough to satisfy even the most advanced of computer technicians, Driver Genius has won dozens of awards and remains a must-have piece of software for millions of computer users.