The First Things You Should Know About Input Devices
Input devices are any device that is used to take the commands from a person and turn them into a language that a computer can understand. While there are many different types of input devices ranging from the common to the exceptionally rare, you're pretty much guaranteed to be always using at least two of them: your mouse and your keyboard.
Some input devices are highly specialized, like slight sticks and steering wheels for computer games, whereas others, like your mouse and keyboard, are multifunctional and tend to be the primary ways in which we control our computers. Although these devices function in different ways, there are a number of similarities between all of them. The most significant for our purposes is that all of them are controlled by input device drivers
So What is an Input Device Driver?
An input device driver is essentially the same as every other device driver on your computer. Chiefly, it is a piece of software that was written with the intent of interpreting the commands and gestures you key into your input device, and telling your computer what to do with them. For example, it is because of your input device drivers that your computer knows that when you push your mouse forward on your desktop, then your mouse cursor will move upwards on the screen.
Like other types of device drivers, input device drivers are required in order for your input devices to function in just about any capacity. Just like with your other device drivers, if your input device drivers fail, then the consequences can be profound, although we will go over those in greater detail in the next section.
Unlike other device drivers that we've talked about, there are many different types of input device drivers. Because of the extra effort that will be involved in maintaining and caring for all of these drivers at once, automated software driver repair solutions like Driver Genius can be an excellent method of maintenance.
Can Input Device Drivers Break or Become Outdated
Unfortunately, all of the drivers on your computer - including your input device drivers - can become outdated and, in the worst of cases, become corrupted or broken. When this happens, there are a wide variety of consequences. Sometimes, your devices may respond more slowly than at other times, or they may cause error messages to appear on your computer. Other times, outdated or faulty device drivers can render your input devices, like your mouse and keyboard, entirely useless. At the worst of times, a faulty driver can cause your computer, operating system, or particular applications to outright crash.
With some device drivers, like your printer or scanner, losing their functionality simply means losing the ability to print or scan documents. This also means that repairing them can be somewhat straightforward, as you can still use your computer to do so. With input device drivers, however, you lose the ability to tell your computer what to do. This means that you won't be able to tell your computer to fix your input device drivers for you with your mouse or your keyboard
Depending on the nature of your input device driver problem, you may receive one of the following error messages:
- This device cannot start. (Code 10)
- Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. (Code 16)
- Reinstall the drivers for this device. (Code 18)
As is probably clear, the methods by which these problems are repaired is not explained in the error messages. In our next section, we will highlight some of the best ways to repair driver troubles, But the main thing to remember is this:
If you keep getting these error messages and if you're searching for a very specific driver such as:
Gigabyte Advanced Wheel Mouse PS2
driver, in such cases - 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 You Can Keep Your Drivers Functioning At All Times
There are two ways in which you can make sure that your drivers are updated and working as they should at all times - and one of them is much faster and hassle-free than the other. We'll let you decide which is which.
The first requires you to open your Device Manager, find the device whose driver you believe should be updated, and then noting the release date of that driver. Then, navigate to the manufacturer of your input device, and see if they have release a new driver. If so, download it, uninstall the old driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your computer. In order to make sure that all of the drivers on your computer are up to date, repeat this process for each device on your computer
Note, however, that most computers have several dozen different device drivers installed on them at any one time.
Alternatively, you could download Driver Genius, which will automatically monitor all of the device drivers on your computer for errors or updates, and will repair and update them for you at the touch of a button.
Whose Driver Should I Install?
Due to the nature of device drivers, which are complicated, occasionally finicky pieces of software, you should only install drivers from the manufacturer of your device. This means that if your mouse or keyboard was made by Logitech, then you should only attempt to install device drivers directly from Logitech.
In addition to the likelihood of alternative developers creating faulty drivers being quite high, they also tend to introduce malware, viruses, or spyware onto your computer. At best, third-party device drivers can cause system crashes and a host of other problems; at worst, they can directly compromise the security of your computer.
What Can Driver Genius Do For You?
- Driver Genius is fast: capable of scanning all of your device drivers for both errors and potential updates in a scant few moments, Driver Genius can watch all of your device drivers faster than even the most skilled technician could monitor a single device driver.
- Driver Genius is like an insurance policy on computer repair: by ensuring that your computer will never have issues due to faulty or outdated device drivers, you guarantee that an entire field of computer trouble will be permanently removed from your computer. This will save you time, money, and energy - all for the price of a simple download.
- Driver Genius is award-winning software: due to Driver Genius' speed of scanning, updating, and repair, as well as how easy and powerful the software is to use, Driver Genius has won numerous awards across the tech industry.