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7 Tips for Using System Information

6) System Drivers

System Drivers provides you with detailed information about all the system drivers available on your computer and is a great companion tool to use alongside Device Manager. As you can see, basic information includes the Name of the driver, a Description, the File location, and the Type of driver.

You can then see whether the driver has been started (Yes or No), its Start Mode (such as Auto, Boot, Disabled, Manual, or System) as well as the driver’s current state (Running or Stopped).

You’ll also see the driver’s Status, which should be listed as OK.

The Error Control setting (Critical, Normal, or Ignore) essentially indicates the level of the driver’s importance to the system and indicate what to do in the event of a problem with the driver. For example, a driver with an Error Control of Critical is critical for system operation. In other words, if that driver couldn’t load properly, the system wouldn’t be able to boot up normally (Safe Mode is the solution.). An Error Control of Normal means that if the driver can’t load properly, display an error message but continue loading the operating system. An Error Control of Ignore means that if the driver can’t load properly, simply ignore it, don’t display an error message and continue loading the operating system.

The Accept Pause and Accept Stop value indicates whether the driver can accept a user initiated Pause or a Stop. (Via Device Manager.)

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