The First Things to Know About PDA/Mobile Devices
One of the biggest shifts in the cellular and handheld electronics industry in the last ten years has been their capabilities of interfacing with our personal computers. In the past, such devices were limited based on what data was placed inside of them when they were manufactured, and they could only be charged when hooked up directly to a wall outlet. Now, however, we can use computers to add and remove data, music, and images, as well as charging our devices directly from our computers.
Just like with all of the other devices that are both built into our computers and interface with them, software is required for them to function correctly. This software is known as a device driver. While we will go over in more detail how they function in the next segment, it is important to first communicate that device drivers are absolutely critical for your devices to function correctly.
So What Do PDA/Mobile Device Drivers Actually Do?
PDA/mobile device drivers serve to provide a set of software instructions that tell your PDA/mobile device how to function with your computer. These device drivers, just like other device drivers, tell the computer how to understand the data coming to and from your PDA/mobile device, as well as how to charge and sync these devices.
When your PDA/mobile device drivers are functioning correctly, data can be seamlessly sent to and from your computer to your device, your devices can be charged, and you can even directly view all of the contents of your devices from your computer. Depending on the device and the device driver, you can also likely modify the settings of your device.
What Happens When PDA/Mobile Device Drivers Stop Working?
If the device driver that governs your PDA/mobile device stops functioning correctly or becomes outdated, a wide variety of effects can happen - and these range from the mildly irritating to system crippling.
Most commonly, when device drivers become outdated or stop functioning, then these devices lose some of their functionality. They may no longer charge as efficiently, or you may no longer be able to view the files on these devices as you once could.
There can be far more significant complications, however; outdated or faulty device drivers can cause applications to cease functioning, your computer to slowdown, or even computer failures. Some of the more common device driver errors associated with PDA/mobile devices include:
- This device cannot start. (Code 10)
- This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)
- The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources. (Code 3)
Obviously, these error messages don’t exactly tell you how to repair the problem - or even what the problem is! Because these messages are so archaic, and the methods by which they can be repaired are so tedious, we recommend Driver Genius to take care of all of the problems associated with driver troubles for you automatically.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Sony Ericsson K770I DISC2PHONE Setup 1.5 Windows XP/VISTA English 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 Keep My Drivers Running Correctly?
There are two ways that computer users can make sure that not only their PDA/mobile device drivers are functioning correctly, but all of their device drivers: the manual way and the automatic way.
To update and repair drivers manually, begin by opening your Device Manager. From here, find your PDA/mobile device, and make note of when the device driver for it was released. Then, navigate your web browser to the manufacturer of your device, and check and see if there is a new driver available. If so, download it, uninstall the old driver, install the new driver, and then restart your computer. If everything went according to plan, then your driver for this device will be up to date.
In order to make sure all of your drivers are functioning correctly, repeat this process for each driver on your computer. As there can be several dozen device drivers on the average computer, this process might take awhile.
Alternatively, you could download and run Driver Genius, which will scan your computer for outdated or faulty device drivers, and will then update and repair them as necessary. Best of all, Driver Genius does this automatically and requires almost no input from the user.
How Can I Avoid Having Driver Problems in the Future?
The best way to make sure you don’t have device driver troubles is to simply repeat the above process on a weekly basis, because device drivers are released frequently, and can go bad seemingly at random. However, the easiest way to perform driver maintenance is to simply let Driver Genius handle all of the updating and repairing for you.
Whose Drivers Should I Install?
The only drivers that you should ever install on your computer, regardless of the type of the device, are the drivers that are released by the original developer of the device. This is for a wide variety of reasons, although the easiest one to consider is perhaps best considered with a car analogy. If you drove a BMW, would you take it to a GM or Ford dealership? While GM and Ford dealerships may be able to quite effectively repair GM or Ford vehicles, they may lack the expertise in dealing with a BMW that a BMW dealership would.
Another major reason why you should never use a third party driver is because you cannot know what will be inside of the driver software. Fake device drivers are a very popular place to put viruses, spyware, or other types of malware, and for this reason alone you should be very careful about where you are getting drivers from.
Thankfully, Driver Genius installs only official drivers
So What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
- Driver Genius is quite fast: Capable of monitoring, scanning, and updating all of your drivers faster than even the most skilled computer repair technician could handle just one device driver, Driver Genius will save you time.
- Driver Genius will save you money: Because so many computer problems are caused due to faulty or outdated drivers, Driver Genius will save you money by automatically fixing device driver issues for you.
- Driver Genius is award winning software: Because of how easy Driver Genius is to use and how effective it is at dealing with all of the driver issues on your computer, Driver Genius has won numerous awards from across the industry.