You may see that there is a yellow mark under “Bad System Device” in the Device Manager. This mark refers to a missing or invalid device and always occurs after a system or driver update. Now try the solutions mentioned in this Techquack post to fix the error.
You will often run into a situation where you will encounter a message that Windows has failed to install a basic system device. This is especially true after installing or upgrading to Windows 10. The problem is compounded by the fact that you don’t know what a basic system device is when the only clue you have is a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager.
The problem is easy to fix, however, and all you have to do is reinstall the device software to fix everything. It should be noted that the steps mentioned below are also effective in this scenario, where you can see several basic system devices in the Device Manager.
What is a “base system device”?
A basic system device can be a smart device on the motherboard of a card reader section. In some cases, driver installation is lost after reinstalling Windows or connecting new components. You can see this in the “Device Manager” -> “Other devices” menu.
There you will find an entry called “Basic System Device”, which may look like “Not installed”. Sometimes it will also be listed, but with a yellow exclamation mark. In the next section, I will show you how to troubleshoot the base system device.
The base system device can range from the card reader to the smart device on the motherboard. In some cases, after reinstalling Windows or plugging in a new component, the driver installation may fail. You can find it under Device Manager -> Other Devices. There, you will find an entry called “Basic System Device” – and it may say “Not installed”. Sometimes it will also be marked with a yellow exclamation mark.
In this article, you will learn more about Base System Device and how to fix the Base System Device error.
What’s the root cause of the error
The term “basic system” is a technical term for devices such as a card reader, a chipset on a motherboard, network devices, etc. A basic system is a device that has been installed on a computer for a long time. When you install and reinstall Windows, you may see a list of these basic system devices with yellow exclamation points or no drivers installed.
The error occurs when the drivers for the computer hardware are not installed correctly. These drivers are for the motherboard, processor, and other chipsets. To fix this situation, you should try to find and download the appropriate drivers. You can use an OEM DVD if you have one, or visit the official website to download the drivers. You can also use “Windows Update” to download the latest drivers if they are available on the system.
What can I do to fix the “base system error”?
Use the device manager to update the underlying driver.
This is the most common solution. You can perform the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Device Manager and find the underlying system device.
Step 2: Right-click on the base system device and select “Update Driver Software”.
Step 3: Click Check for updated drivers automatically, then Windows will search for the latest driver for your PC.
Step 4: Update the driver and restart your PC, the problem may be solved.
Manual device driver update for a basic system device
If Windows can’t find the latest driver for your device, you can do it manually. But there may be more than one basic system device in the Device Manager, so the first thing we need to know is which one is the specific device. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Open Device Manager and find the base system device.
Step 2: Right-click on the underlying system device and select Properties.
Step 3: Click the More button, then select Hardware Announcements from the Property drop-down menu to get the hardware IDs.
Step 4: Right-click on the highest ID in the list, which is usually the primary ID, and select Copy.
Step 5: Paste the top ID into a Google search, then you’ll know what the specific device is.
Once you know what the device is, you can manually find the right driver on the device manufacturer’s official website, download it, and then install it on your PC. Make sure that the base system driver is compatible with your system (64-bit or 32-bit).
Update the base system device driver
If you don’t want to manually update the base system device driver, it’s best to do it with a third-party program. A reliable automatic driver download utility that can instantly download, install, and update drivers for your operating system and Windows hardware. Just follow the simple steps below:
Step 1: Download the third-party software, install it on your computer, and run it.
Step 2: Click the “Scan” button to find any driver problems for your PC.
Step 3: When the scan is complete, all problematic drivers are listed. Click “Update” to go to the most recent or appropriate driver.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
- In Device Manager, right-click on the device and select Update Driver Software.
- Click the Check button to automatically update the driver software. Windows will then search and find the driver for you.
- Restart your computer and see if the basic system device driver problem is fixed.
The term "base system" is a technical term for devices such as a card reader, motherboard chipset, network devices, etc. The device driver for the underlying system device is the driver for the device. When you install and reinstall Windows, you may see a list of these basic system devices with yellow exclamation points or no drivers installed.
- Open Start.
- Find the Device Manager and click on the top result to open the application.
- Expand the branch with the device you want to repair.
- Right-click the device and select Delete Device.
- Click the Delete button.
System device: A device on the motherboard, such as an interrupt controller, keyboard controller, real-time clock, DMA page register, DMA controller, memory controller, FDC, IDE port, serial port, parallel port, PCI bridge, etc. In modern PCs, these devices are usually integrated into the chipset that supports them.
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