The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\Ideport0

By Wendy Mai  Driver Error  Chipset Drivercontroller   0 Comment

If you get the following error in Event Viewer: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\Ideport0, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it. This article gives you 3 solutions to try. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

Try these fixes:

  1. Update your controller and chipset drivers
  2. Reinsert your hard disk cable into your motherboard
  3. Upgrade your computer’s BIOS

Method 1 – Update your controller and chipset drivers

Updating drivers should always be your go-to option when you’re dealing with issues like The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\Ideport0. This problem is probably being caused by faulty or outdated controller / chipset drivers.

There are two ways you can update your controller and chipset drivers.

Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right driver online, download it and install it step by step.

Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.  

Option 1 – Download and install your controller and chipset drivers manually

Controller and chipset manufacturers keep updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the manufacturer’s website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.

Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically update your controller and chipset drivers

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the controller and chipset 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:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. 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).

    Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

Method 2 – Reinsert your hard disk cable into your motherboard

If the updating drivers doesn’t fix your problem, then you may try this workaround:

  1. Turn off your PC.
  2. Unplug the hard disk cable from your motherboard, and then replug it in the same port of the motherboard.
  3. Start your computer to see if the problem is resolved.

If the problem persists, you may consider exchanging your motherboard to better troubleshoot the problem.


Method 3 – Upgrade your computer’s BIOS

Some users fixed their The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\Ideport0 issue by a BIOS upgrade. If you feel you’re at your wit’s end, you might as well give it a go. Here’s how to upgrade you BIOS:

  1. Go to System Information to get detailed information about your computer.
    1. Type msinfo32 in the Windows search box and press Enter on your keyboard.

    2. In System Information, you can view your System Manufacturer and Model. (See screenshot below)

  2. Type your system’s manufacturer name, your system’s model name and “BIOS” in the Google search box, then select the matching result to go to the manufacturer’s official website to download BIOS update. (See screenshot below)
  3. Look for words or sections like “Updates”, “Downloads”, or “Support”. (See screenshot below)

  4. Verify the update file is newer than the BIOS version that you see in System Information. Otherwise, there would be no need to download the update file then.

  5. When the download finishes, make sure your computer is plugged in, then double-click on the downloaded file.
    Note: If you find there’re any instructions available in the downloaded file, make sure you follow the instructions strictly to update your BIOS. Or you can visit your BIOS manufacturer’s support site for a direct explanation of how to do so.
  6. Transfer the BIOS update file to a USB drive and keep the drive connected to your PC.
  7. Click the Start button, the power icon and Restart.

  8. As soon as your computer shuts down, press repeatedly a specific key to enter BIOS. The key may vary, depending on your computer’s manufacturer.
    If you’re using DELL, press F2 on your keyboard to access BIOS;
    If you’re using HP, press F10 or F1;
    If you’re using Lenovo, press F1;
    If you’re using Toshiba, press F2 or F12;
    Otherwise, usually press Del or F2, or you can confirm with your PC manufacturer the steps necessary to enter BIOS.
  9. Just to be on the safe side, backup your BIOS: click the “Backup” or “Save” option or tab on the BIOS main screen, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  10. According to the information you obtain in Step 5, enable and use your BIOS update tool to begin updating your BIOS.
    Note: the update process cannot be interrupted. Make sure your computer is connected to a power source and don’t turn your PC off during the update.
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