SMBus Controller Driver for Windows® XP
SMBus controller, also known as system bus controller, is one of the most important hardware devices and is used in personal computers and servers. Most Intel® chipsets have SMBus controller for low-speed system management communications. The hardware device is widely used to monitor the temperature and voltage of the system board. It is basically used by programs that read the hardware sensors on your PC. Like other hardware devices, SMBus controller also needs a device driver for seamless running. But, sometimes, you may face some issues with the device driver on your Windows® XP-based PC.
- Role of SMBus controllers
- Issues with SMBus controller drivers on Windows® XP
- How to resolve these issues?
Role of SMBus controllers
A SMBus controller works perfectly with Windows® 98, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows® XP Professional, Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition, and Windows Server® 2003. The controller keeps a check on the temperature and voltage power. In addition, it communicates with the power source on your PC.
Issues with SMBus controller drivers on Windows® XP
Proper working of the controller is required to ensure smooth computing operations. But, due to some hardware or software issues, you can face issues with the SMBus controller on your Windows® XP-based PC. Some of the common issues with the device driver are: Windows XP does not recognize the controller, ‘Device Manager’ shows a yellow question mark for SMBus controller, and ‘Device Manager’ lists the device under other devices. If you have recently installed the Windows® XP operating system on your PC, you may encounter error messages reminding you that SMBus controller driver is not available on your system.
All these issues can be resolved by simply downloading and running Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility. You can also choose to install the SMBus controller driver from the installation CD or DVD that came with the motherboard. The SMBus controller driver can be installed from third-party websites. But, it is recommended to use only legitimate websites as defective and incorrect drivers can harm your computer. If the issues are related to the hardware device, you need to consult a technical professional.