Windows 7 Devices and Printers Tool  


  1. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
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    Windows 7 Devices and Printers Tool


    The following is an extract from from an Article by Paul Thurrott on his Review of Windows 7

    "Devices and Printers Tool


    I mentioned this feature in my Windows 7 Beta review, but I'd like to point out again that it's not just Device Manager for Dummies: This new Windows 7 feature can actually find and fix problems with your PC. And it really works. I've used this feature to find missing drivers on two different PCs now, and in both cases a similar search via Device Manager netted no lover at all.
    Here's how it works. Launch Devices and Printers (use Start Menu search) and locate any devices with a yellow bang graphic on its icon. Right-click and choose Troubleshoot to launch one of Windows 7's stealthy new features: A troubleshooting infrastructure that links back to Microsoft's data center to always provide the most up-to-date help. The troubleshooter will detect the problem and look for solutions. And while I can't claim a 100 percent success rate quite yet, it's certainly worked better than device manager: I found a biometric driver and fixed a Bluetooth problem on my laptop, and found a system management bus driver on my desktop using this tool. Nice!
    http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win7_beta_notes.asp

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  2. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
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    I tried this on the SM bus controller item. As stated elsewhere, it is fine in Vista no driver needed, but in seven it shows the warning symbol. Everything seemed to work fine, but when I was done, no keyboard. Went to device manager and one of the USB controllers now had a problem and the SM bus controller still had the same problem as before. Rebooted and was back to where I started. Sometimes it breaks things instead.

    Gary
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  3. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
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    garysgold said:
    I tried this on the SM bus controller item. As stated elsewhere, it is fine in Vista no driver needed, but in seven it shows the warning symbol. Everything seemed to work fine, but when I was done, no keyboard. Went to device manager and one of the USB controllers now had a problem and the SM bus controller still had the same problem as before. Rebooted and was back to where I started. Sometimes it breaks things instead.

    Gary

    Oh well.
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  4. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
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    Hey, nothing is perfect. It did solve another problem for me. Not a driver issue, but it was fast easy and did what I wanted did without me having to hunt up the solution myself.

    Gary
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  5. Posts : 4,364
    Windows 11 21H2 Current build
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    Ummm, The nVidia Chipset drivers include an SMBus driver....

    It made mine go away for good....

    Of course, it helps if you have an nVidia chipset to begin with

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  6. Posts : 3,141
    Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
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    johngalt said:
    Ummm, The nVidia Chipset drivers include an SMBus driver....

    It made mine go away for good....

    Of course, it helps if you have an nVidia chipset to begin with
    Glad to hear it.

    Gary
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