Sometimes, however, the underlying cause of a DLL error is hardware related. If you suspect that this might be the case with your DLL issue, the cause of your problem just got a bit more difficult to find and probably more expensive to solve.
Important: These steps should only be followed after troubleshooting the DLL error as a software issue, a more likely scenario. You can find a troubleshooting guide for your specific DLL error in my Directory of Error Messages.
Did you just install or uninstall a piece of hardware? If so, there's a good chance that the DLL error you're seeing is related to this hardware change.
Depending on what hardware changes you made, here are some suggested solutions:
- Undo the hardware installation or uninstallation.
- Replace the hardware component with one you know works correctly.
- Update the hardware device's firmware.
- Make sure the hardware is on the Hardware Compatibility List.
- Check with the manufacturer for support information.
Replace the memory in your PC if your tests show any problem whatsoever.
Replace the hard drive if your tests show a physical problem with the drive.
Important: If clearing the CMOS does fix the DLL error, make sure any changes you make in BIOS are completed one at a time so if the error returns, you'll know which change caused the problem.
Update your BIOS. In some cases, and outdated BIOS could cause a hardware incompatibility that might generate a DLL error like the one you're seeing.
Start your computer with essential hardware only. The purpose here is to remove as much hardware as possible while maintaining your ability to test for the DLL error.
- If you no longer have the DLL error with only essential hardware installed, proceed to Step 7.
- If you're still receiving the DLL error, proceed to Step 8.
Important: Don't skip this step. Learning what hardware is or isn't causing the DLL error will save you time and money when replacing hardware.
Reinstall each piece of hardware that you removed in Step 6, one piece at a time, testing after each installation.
Since you're no longer seeing the DLL error with only the essential hardware installed, one of the hardware components you removed is causing the DLL problem. By installing each device back into your PC and testing each time, you'll eventually find the hardware that's at the source of the DLL problem.
Replace the failed hardware once you've identified it. These Hardware Installation Videos should come in handy as you're reinstalling your hardware.
Replace each piece of essential hardware in your computer with an identical or equivalent spare piece of hardware (that you know is working), one component at a time, to determine which piece of hardware is causing the DLL error.
Test for the DLL error after each hardware replacement to determine which component is faulty.
Unfortunately, if you don't have working spare parts to swap in and out, you're left not knowing which piece of your essential PC hardware is faulty and causing the DLL error. In these cases you have little option than to rely on the help of individuals or companies that have these resources.
Note: See the last tip below for information on getting more help via the PC Support forum on this site.
Did I miss a troubleshooting step that helped you (or might help someone else) fix a hardware caused DLL error? Let me know and I'd be happy to include the information here.
Are you still seeing the DLL error even after troubleshooting for a software and a hardware problem? Let a community of computer support enthusiasts help out! Post the details of your DLL error in the PC Support Forum. Be sure to tell us what you've already done to try to fix the problem.