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Device control allows you to view and manage the devices and drivers installed on your computer and contains all information you can possibly need for troubleshooting. Each device is accessible by clicking through the category list on the left side of device control. You can also find a specific device by searching for its device name in the category list.
For each device there are five different sections available with distinct capabilities. These sections of information can be accessed by clicking on the drop-down menu and then on the name of the section. The names of these sections are device overview, device resources, device identifier, driver overview and driver files. Once you select a device in the category list you can explore the information that these sections provide.
This functionality is only available for Driver Fusion Premium users.
Device control lists all devices by default, but you can also choose to view only disconnected devices by 1 clicking on all devices and then selecting the disconnected devices option. Disconnected devices are devices that are no longer connected to your computer but still have drivers installed.
Troubleshooting with device overview
With device overview you can view and manage the current status and properties of a device. A colored bar, representing the status of the device, is also shown left of each device in the category list to provide you with a direct overview.
Device overview is a great place to start troubleshooting in case of problems as it allows you to learn everything there is to know about the device and its properties. The current status tells you if the device is functioning properly and a simple restart might sometimes be enough to fix an easy problem. When the problem is not resolved as easily then you can read the device's unique properties so that you can immediately start searching for solutions that apply just to the device that you actually have installed. Simply copy and paste the information by selecting a field in the overview and pushing ctrl+c. Good values to start with are the description, manufacture and hardware ids. Specifically the hardware ids as they are vendor-defined identifications unique for that specific kind of device.
Disabling a device.
Changing the device status
Device overview can also be used to influence the status of a device. For the majority of the devices you change the current status by 2 clicking on enable, disable or restart. This will not necessarily resolve all problems for devices that have encountered problems, but you can often make warnings go away by disabling the device. To force Windows to scan for changes made to devices connected to your computer you can click on scan.
Clicking on 3 uninstall will uninstall the driver that is installed for the selected device. Uninstall will also remove the device from Windows. If you want to keep a copy of the driver you should backup it first. If the device is still connected to your computer you can get it back by using scan but this will also automatically install a driver for the device (if available).
Device control can also show you the resources each device has in use or reserved. There are four types of resources, namely input/output (IO), interrupt request (IRQ), direct memory access (DMA) and memory. Most devices do not have resources in use or reserved. Typical examples of devices that have often resources in use or reserved are graphic cards and network adapters.
Identifying unknown devices
With device identifier you can identify the type of class, description and manufacturer of unknown devices. This is very useful when you do not know the manufacturer or type of the device and Windows also does not not recognize it. A maximum of five possible devices are returned after 4 clicking on identify. Use the magnifier to directly search on the internet for the identified information. This can help you track down the manufacturer's website for more information about your device.
Device identifier found five possible devices for this device.
With driver overview you can access all the available information of the driver that is currently installed for the device. Driver overview also includes option to backup and install drivers. Install is always available but it is not possible to backup or view properties of the driver when there is no driver installed.
All useful information is shown in the driver overview, including the manufacturer, release date, version and signature of the installed driver.
Backup a driver
A backup of a driver for a device can be made by following these simple steps:
Under driver overview you have the option to backup drivers for the device. To backup the driver you have to 5 click backup and select the driver to backup. With driver backup it is possible to either 6 backup the driver that is installed for the selected device, or to backup 7 an online driver (if available).
Take a close look at the release date, version and type of backup (installed or online) and click on the driver that you would like to backup. In most cases the installed driver will be a good choice, as you have experienced it working correctly for your system configuration for a while already, so that way you can always revert back to a good working driver.
It is also possible to influence the suggested online drivers by 8 clicking on by match and selecting a different option. By match is used as default and combines multiple properties of the driver to determine what the best matching latest drivers are. By version simply includes the latest drivers based on version number. By release date uses the release date of the drivers to determine the latest drivers. Some vendors do not increase their version numbers consistently and might make changes to an older driver which means that in some cases an older or newer driver might be suggested when switch between the possible options.
Selecting the driver to backup.
Once you have picked a driver to back up and clicked next you are asked to select the destination to store the backup. The built-in default backup destination is the Driver Fusion installation folder but it is recommended to change the backup location to an external hard disk, or similar, to easily access your driver backups and to keep them safe from system failures. Click on the destination to use and click OK to create the backup. If you wish to add more destinations then you can do so in the driver backup settings. Created backups are placed in a separate folder within the chosen destination folder.
Selecting a location to store the backup of the driver.
Installing a new driver or backup
Restoring old backups or installing new drivers requires you to follow these simple steps:
By clicking on install you have the ability to install a driver from 9 three sources:
Note that backup and online automatically hide the driver that is currently installed. This is done so that only useful options are shown and the interface remains clutter free. Should you wish to reinstall the current driver then the installed driver can still be included by 10 selecting the include installed driver option, instead of exclude the installed driver option which is selected by default.
Selecting a driver from Treexy's online driver database.
With driver files you can view the files that are currently in use by the installed driver. The majority of the installed drivers have at least one file in use. The information file (.inf) and the catalog file (.cat) are also included (if available).