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Troubleshooting Hardware, Driver, and Disk Issues : The Process of Troubleshooting Hardware Issues

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Hardware problems can take several different forms:

  • Hardware problems that prevent Windows from starting

  • A newly installed hardware accessory that does not work as expected

  • A hardware accessory that did work correctly, but now fails

  • Unpredictable symptoms, such as failing applications and services, Stop errors, system resets, and accessories that behave unreliably

You should use a different process to troubleshoot each of these broad problem categories. The following sections discuss each of these suggested processes.

How to Troubleshoot Problems That Prevent Windows from Starting

Some hardware problems—especially those related to hard disks or core components such as the motherboard or processor—can prevent Windows from starting.

How to Troubleshooting Problems Installing New Hardware

Often, you might have difficulty installing a new hardware component, or an existing hardware component might suddenly fail. If you are having trouble installing a new hardware component, follow these steps:

1.
If Windows will not start.

2.
Install any updates available from Windows Update.
3.
Download and install updated software and drivers for your hardware. Hardware manufacturers often release updated software for hardware components after they release the hardware. You can typically download software updates from the manufacturer’s website.

4.
Remove and reinstall any newly installed hardware by strictly following the manufacturer’s instructions. You often need to install the software before connecting the hardware.
5.
Use the Event Viewer to find any related events that might provide useful information for diagnosing the problem. Typically, drivers will add events to the System event log. However, drivers could add events to any log.

6.
Install updated drivers for other hardware components, including BIOS and firmware updates for all hardware accessories and your computer. Updated drivers for other hardware components can sometimes solve incompatibility problems with new hardware.

7.
If possible, move hardware to different connectors on your computer. For example, move internal cards to different slots, and connect USB devices to different USB ports. If this solves the problem, the original connector on your computer has failed or the device was not connected correctly.

8.
Replace any cables used to connect the new hardware to your computer. If this solves the problem, the cable was faulty.

9.
Connect the new hardware to a different computer. If the hardware fails on multiple computers, you might have faulty hardware.

10.
Contact the hardware manufacturer for support. You might have a hardware or software failure; the hardware manufacturer can assist with additional troubleshooting.

How to Troubleshooting Problems with Existing Hardware

If a hardware component that previously worked suddenly fails, follow these troubleshooting steps:

1.
If Windows will not star.

2.
Open Problem Reports and Solutions and check whether Windows Vista has registered the problem and to see whether Microsoft has released a solution for the problem. If the problem does not appear, or if no solution is available, continue with the following troubleshooting steps.

3.
Use Reliability Monitor to determine how long the problem has been occurring and what related symptoms might be occurring.  Then use Event Viewer to find any related events that might provide useful information for diagnosing the problem.

4.
Install any updates available from Windows Update.
5.
Roll back any recently updated drivers, even if they are for other devices. Driver problems might cause incompatibilities with different devices.

6.
Download and install updated software and drivers for your hardware. Hardware manufacturers often release updated software for hardware components after they release the hardware. You can typically download software updates from the manufacturer’s website.

7.
Remove and reinstall any newly installed hardware.
8.
Install updated drivers for other hardware components, including BIOS and firmware updates for all hardware accessories and your computer. Updated drivers for other hardware components can sometimes solve incompatibility problems with hardware.

9.
Troubleshoot disk problems by using Chkdsk to identify and possibly fix disk-related problems. Disk problem can corrupt drivers, which might cause hardware to stop functioning.

10.
If possible, move hardware to different connectors on your computer. For example, move internal cards to different slots, and connect USB devices to different USB ports. If this solves the problem, the original connector on your computer has failed or the device was not connected correctly.

11.
Replace any cables used to connect the new hardware to your computer. If this solves the problem, the cable was faulty.

12.
Connect problematic hardware to a different computer. If the hardware fails on multiple computers, you might have a hardware malfunction. Contact the hardware manufacturer for technical support.

13.
Perform a System Restore to attempt to return the computer state when it was functioning correctly.

14.
Contact the hardware manufacturer for support. You might have a hardware or software failure, and the hardware manufacturer can assist with additional troubleshooting.

How to Troubleshoot Unpredictable Symptoms

Hardware, driver, and disk problems can cause unpredictable symptoms when Windows is running, including:

  • Failing applications and services

  • Stop errors

  • System resets

  • Accessories that behave unreliably

Many different types of problems can cause these symptoms. To identify the source of these problems and possibly fix the issue, follow these steps. After each step, determine whether the problem continues.

1.
If Windows will not start.

2.
Open Problem Reports and Solutions to check whether Windows Vista has registered the problem and to see whether Microsoft has released a solution for the problem.If the problem does not appear, or if there is no solution, continue with the following troubleshooting steps.

3.
Use Reliability Monitor to determine how long the problem has been occurring and what other related symptoms might be occurring. Then use Event Viewer to find any related events that might provide useful information for diagnosing the problem. Typically, drivers will add events to the System event log. However, drivers could add events to any log.

4.
Install any updates available from Windows Update.
5.
Install updated drivers available directly from the hardware manufacturer, including BIOS and firmware updates for all hardware accessories and your computer.

6.
Roll back any recently updated drivers.

7.
Troubleshoot disk problems by using Chkdsk to identify and possibly fix disk-related problems. To resolve problems related to low free disk space, run the Disk Cleanup Wizard.
8.
Test your memory for problems by using Windows Memory Diagnostics.

9.
Remove unnecessary hardware components one by one. If the problem disappears after removing a hardware component, you have identified the hardware component causing the problem.

10.
Perform a System Restore to attempt to return the computer to a state when it was functioning correctly.

11.
Contact your computer manufacturer for support. You might have a hardware or software failure, and your computer manufacturer can assist with additional troubleshooting.
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