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Common error codes or messages encountered in the Device Manager

When installing a Linksys adapter or any other device that requires a driver, you may encounter an error message on the Device Manager.  This will result in not being able to proceed with the installation of your device.  Below is a list of the most common error codes and messages encountered in the Device Manager and tips on what you can do to resolve the issue.

NOTE:  This is applicable on a computer with Windows operating system.

Error CodeError MessageTroubleshooting Tip / Solution
 Code 1 This device is not configured correctly.  (Code 1) This issue is caused by drivers not installed or not properly configured on the computer. The solution to this issue is to update the driver.
 Code 2 The <type> device loader(s) for this device could not load the device driver.  (Code 2) A solution to this issue is to remove the device from Device Manager, restart your computer and update the driver.
 Code 3The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.  (Code 3) Possible solutions to this issue:
- close some of your running applications to free up memory
- uninstall then reinstall the driver
- install additional RAM to your computer
 Code 10 This device cannot start. (Code 10) The solution to this issue is to update the driver.
 Code 18 Reinstall the drivers for this device.  (Code 18) The solution to this issue is to update the driver.
 Code 28The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28) The solution to this issue is to install the driver.  If you already installed the driver, you may need to uninstall then reinstall it.
 Code 31This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device.  (Code 31) The solution to this issue is to update the driver.
 Code 37 Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware.  (Code 37) The solution to this issue is to uninstall and reinstall the driver.

Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver

Below are links to articles that will provide steps on how to uninstall and reinstall the driver of your wireless adapter when you encounter issues with the device.  Select the link of your computer’s operating system:

Windows 8
Windows 7 / Vista
Windows XP

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