How to Fix Base System Device Driver issue in Device Manager

Camilla Mo, in Driver Error Tags: DriversWindows 10
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Base System Device with a yellow mark in Device Manager may occur after installing or reinstalling Windows. It is usually listed under “Other devices”. The device can be graphics card, card reader, etc. To resolve the problem, you just need to update the device driver. 

If you see more than one Base System Device in the Device Manager, update the driver for each device. There are three methods to update the driver (All steps in this article apply to Windows 10, 7, 8, 8.1, XP & Vista.). You can pick up the one you like: 

Method 1: Update Drivers through Device Manager
Method 2: Download the Latest Driver Manually
Method 3: Update the Drivers Automatically

Method 1: Update Drivers through Device Manager

Follow these steps:

1) In Device Manager, right-click the device and click Update Driver Software….



2) Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Then Windows will search and find the driver for you.



Note that Windows may fail to find the driver for your device. If the problem is not resolved, try another way. 


Method 2: Download the Latest Driver Manually

Usually, you can go to the device manufacturer’s website or the PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver. But for Base System Device, it is impossible to know what the specific device is. The good news is you can get its device name and its vendor name to determine what it is.

 Follow steps below to get the device name and its vendor name. 

1) In Device Manager, right-click the device and click Properties



3) Click the Details tab, then select Hardware Ids from the drop-down menu of Property.



4) The Hardware Id Value should be like follows. The VEN code means vendor and the DEV code means device. (In below screenshot, the VEN code is 15AD and the device is 0740.)



5) Go to www.pcidatabase.com. Enter the two codes and click the Search buttons.



Then you will get the device name and the vendor name. The “Chip Description” means the device name.



After that, you can go to the PC manufacturer’s website or the device manufacturer’s website to download the driver. It’s recommended to go to the PC manufacturer’s website first, as they may customize the driver. 

Method 3: Update the Drivers Automatically

The easiest way to update the driver is use Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

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  • Colin Aino

    Works like a charm. Beautiful. Thanks.

  • Melinda Humes

    AMAZINGLY FAST AND EASY!!
    Ya’ll ROCK!!!
    Thank you so much!!

  • amrhelal

    thank you very much … you are helpful genius

  • Mariano T

    Awesome help, thank you very much

  • Thibaut Vandeput

    haha awesome, i had no idea what my little base device was 🙂 . apparently it was a card reader (i don’t use that at all)

  • Ali

    Thanks. You made my day 🙂

  • Pennylion

    This was a complete and total life saver. I spent way more time than I should have trying to figure out how to fix my base driver issues and with this it took about a minute. I wish I saw this an hour ago when I fist started to try to fix it. THANK YOU SO MUCH.