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USB External Device Troubleshooting

USB is like a breath of fresh air if you remember configuring hardware devices that used the serial or parallel port. You needed the right cables, the right drivers and the right port settings followed by several re-boots – and then there was no guarantee it would work. USB changed all that. Now you can simply connect a device while your PC is running and start to use it right away.

However, if Windows doesn’t have a default driver for the device, you first have to install a third-party driver to get things working. Unfortunately, that isn’t the only problem. It becomes more complicated if the driver is in place but the device still doesn’t work after it has been connected, or if Windows crashes with an error message when you attach the device. In this article, you will learn how to quickly and easily resolve USB errors when they strike.

Category: Hardware, Issues
Issue: 2018 Issue 7 July
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Article Reference: U502

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