How to Fix "USB Device Not Recognized"
In today's world almost everything is a USB device. You can plug your phone, camera,
scanner, printer, iPod, mouse, keyboard, web cam, etc. to your USB port, but what happens
when you get a "USB device not recognized" issue? How do you deal with that? What does it
mean when your computer doesn't recognize your USB device?
In this article I'm going to walk you through the common fixes of device not recognized
issues starting with the easy stuff first. After all, wouldn't you be put out with me if I
walked you through a series of complicated steps only to have some simple stuff turn out
to be the fix?
The Easy Troubleshooting Steps
The easiest steps to take are to unplug the device and plug it back in. Try to restart
the computer as sometimes the computer has a hard time seeing new devices that are
attached after boot up. You might also try unplugging both the USB device and the computer
for 5 minutes.
You can also scan for hardware changes. To do so follow these steps:
1. Click Start
2. Go to Run, type in Devmgmnt.msc this will bring up Device Management
3. Right click on the computer
4. Click Scan for hardware changes
This may discover your device. If not then you're in for a long road as this signifies
that this is a USB driver error. Driver errors are a drawn out process with a possibility
of a lot of time spent searching, but we'll get to that later.
Troubleshooting For Driver Errors
Driver errors are frustrating in the sense that you have to search out the driver for
your device that is compatible with your operating system on the manufacturer's web site,
and sometimes it can take a bit of time to hunt down the right driver.
To make hunting down the driver easier follow these steps:
1. Go to the manufacturer's web page
2. Find "Support" or "Downloads"
3. In the search box enter your hardware specs, or if forced to search manually look
for the model of your hardware that matches your device.
4. Select the driver that is compatible with your operating system
5. Download it to a location you will remember
Now you want to go to Device Manager to install the driver for the device.
To get to Device Manager follow these steps:
1. Click the Start button
2. Click Control Panel to the right
3. Click System and Security, under System click Device Manager
If there are no errors, you will see a Device Manager with nothing but green check
marks, but if there are errors you will see some yellow exclamation points. The best thing
to do at this point is to look for errors. If there are none, then we have to do this the
hard way. That means that you guess where the device would be listed and update the driver
To update a driver follow these steps:
1. Double click the device
2. Click on the Driver tab
3. Click the Update Driver button
4. Browse to the location of where you saved the driver and install from there
5. Reboot if asked
That's a lot of work to do just for a little file isn't it? Up until recently that was
the only way to update a driver. Now there is software on the market that will monitor
your drivers, and keep them up to date, it's called driver update software. No more
searching manufacturer web pages and no more going into Device Manager.
DriverBoost's simple and friendly interface will show you exactly what you need to do to fix usb
device not recognized
in less than two minutes with just a few clicks of the mouse button. David Gaines is a technology expert at
DriverBoost where he assists people
daily with tips on optimizing their computers.
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