Solved: Code 3. The driver for this device might be corrupted in Device Manager

April Cai, in Driver Error Tags: DriversWindows

If you’re on Windows, and you’re seeing this error saying The driver for this device might be corrupted or your system may be running low on memory or other resources (Code 3) in Device Manager, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it.

Here’re 2 solutions you can try to fix this problem. Try the Solution 2 if the Solution 1 doesn’t works.

Solution 1: Reinstall your device driver
Solution 2: Close some applications to make memory available

Solution 1: Reinstall your device driver

This problem could be caused by a corrupted driver. You could solve it through Reinstalling the driver: 

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.

3) Right-click on your device of which shows the error. Then click Uninstall device.

4) Download the latest compatible driver from your computer manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer.

  Or

If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with 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):

4-1) Download and install Driver Easy.

4-2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

4-3) Click the Update button next to any flagged driver to automatically download and install the correct version of the 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Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

5) Reboot your Windows and check to see if your device works.

Solution 2: Close some applications to make memory available

This problem could be also caused by the memory issue of your computer. If there are no sufficient memory to run driver on your Windows, then Code 3 would happen. 

So you can close some applications running on your Windows to earn more available memory or install additional random access memory (RAM).

Then check to see if your device works.

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