You have just installed a new hardware device but it would not work properly. What can be the problem?
First, try to make sure that the hardware device is compatible with your computer and your Windows operating system. Having a device that is not compatible will give you problems.
To resolve this, you have to find the right driver for it. You can usually find it in the information insert that comes with your device. You can also look for the driver of your device on the website for Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). In this website you can find a long list of computers and devices that are compatible to work with Windows Vista.
Also, you can try to make sure that you have completely installed all software discs that were included with the device since there are a lot of devices that need special drivers in order to work optimally. If it still does not work, try to restart your computer. Some drivers require that the computer be restarted. Sometimes, if the driver did not install properly, you also need to restart your computer.
If the device that you are trying to install is a universal serial bus or USB device, you can try removing it from the present port and transferring it to another USB port. Windows should be able to detect the device and install the drivers. If not, it will give a notification that the drivers were not properly installed.
To learn if there are updated drivers available through Windows Update, you can check. Just click on View available updates to see if there is an available updated driver for your device.