This post is going to explain what PCI drivers are. And if you are Missing them, how can you fix missing PCI device drivers.
With Windows 10, it has become far much easier to repair a broken driver. Or install a new one altogether compared to the previous generation of windows where you had to actually nail down the exact name of the PCI device and controller. And then fetch the drivers manually from some shady websites.
With Windows 10’s ability to discover and repair broken PCI drivers, we are going to fix any gadgets that are connected to your PC and are having trouble finding drivers for it.
What is a PCI device?
Peripheral Component Interconnect is what PCI stands for. This is basically an interface that is used by all your peripheral devices to talk to your computer OS, Windows in this case.
These PCI devices include, but are not limited to, network cards, sound cards, and so on. All these devices make use of the PCI interface to translate and pass information to and from the processor to the OS.
Now all this information is carried by something that is called a BUS. It is not hard to spot it on the motherboard. It is a long, copper-colored, and slightly raised slot on the motherboard. Your PCI devices are plugged into these PCI slots on the motherboard.
These PCI slots are versioned over the years. The latest being the PCI express that delivers the fastest connectivity between the PCI device and the microprocessor on the motherboard.
Are PCI drivers necessary?
Drivers are a necessary piece of machinery in order for them to function properly. Drivers help the hardware communicate efficiently with the software. In Windows OS, you often get time to time updates for all your PCI devices. But not for all.
Some drivers are not released for a few of the PCI devices due to incompatibility issues. For such rare and few PCI devices, you will need to manually search, download and install the drivers.
Since it is imperative for the PCI devices to communicate with the OS, the PCI driver is the cog that will help running things smoothly without us even noticing.
You can find all the PCI devices that are not functioning optimally under Device Manager. And look for any devices that are showing a yellow exclamation mark inside a triangle.
This mark indicates that the device is malfunctioning either due to a lack of drivers or it is physically not working at all. So, there may be a hardware issue with the device.
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How do I find PCI devices are functioning or not?
In order to find the culprit and devices and you are not sure which ones they are, you need to follow these steps.
- In your Windows 10, open Device Manager.
- Expand the Other Devices or System Devices category.
- Upon expanding this category, you will see a list of devices. And they will have an exclamation mark next to them in a small triangle.
- Check the properties of these PCI devices and see if you can find this quote “The chauffeurs for this device are not setup (Code xxx)”.
If you do see this error under the properties of the device, we recommend you re-install the drivers for it.
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How to fix missing PCI device drivers in Windows 10?
Method 1: Download or re-install PCI device drivers on Windows 10 (manually)
- PCI device driver update can fix such drivers issues.
- Press the “Windows + X” key on your keyboard and choose “Device Manager“.
- In the device manager, right-click on the device at fault and open its properties.
- In the next window that pops up, click on the Details tab and select Hardware IDs from the Property dropdown.
- Note down this Hardware ID or copy it somewhere.
- Go to google and search for this hardware id and suffix it with Drivers.
- You will now have to navigate to the correct website. And download the drivers which are best suited for your PCI device.
- Make sure the driver source site is authentic like ‘Intel’ and install the drivers by following the on-screen instructions.
- Once you are done installing the drivers, you need to restart your PC once. And check once again if you still see the exclamation mark under Device Manager.
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Method 2: Let Windows 10 update your PCI device drivers
This is probably the most efficient and fastest way to find and install the correct drivers for your PCI device.
- Go to ‘Device Manager’ by following the same steps as above.
- Once you have narrowed down the device you want to install the drivers for, right-click on it and select ‘Update Driver…’
- In the next window, click on the option ‘Search automatically for upgraded driver software application’.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the drivers.
- Once you are done, restart your PC and see the changes take effect.
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We hope this post has helped you fix your PCI device driver issue on your Windows 10 OS. If you are unable to still fix the issue after reinstalling the drivers, we would recommend you swap out your PCI device. And try using another one to check and see if the hardware is the actual culprit here.
Often the most forgotten step is the restart of the PC once a driver is installed or uninstalled from the PC. With this in mind, you are sure to fix the issue of any PCI device driver on Windows 10.