The driver detected a controller error [Fixed]

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  • The USB controller is responsible for organizing the USB ports, ensuring the correct sequence of commands through the interface.
  • If you're running Windows 10 and have problems with the USB controller or its drivers, just make sure to update them.
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Fix The driver detected a controller error

Most peripherals are nowadays connected to the PC via USB. The USB controller or USB host controller is responsible for organizing the USB ports.

If you have problems with USB devices on your PC, but Windows does not specifically point out the lack of a driver, the USB controller displays error messages like:

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The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1.

Here are some other similar errors:

  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk2\DR2 b
  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3
  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk4\DR4

The error message may be followed by the name of the port or drive causing this issue.

If you’re running Windows 10 and have problems with the USB controller or its drivers, this guide provides helpful solutions to solve the problem.

How can I fix The driver detected a controller error?

1. Check the hardware cablesCheck hardware cables the driver detected a controller error

  1. You might have a broken USB cable.
  2. You can try connecting the device with a different USB cable.
  3. Try connecting the device to another computer/laptop or another USB port.
  4. If it doesn’t work here either, it’s not your PC, but the external device you’re trying to connect.

Your USB ports are not working? Follow the simple solutions from this guide and fix them with ease.


If only a specific device is not recognized, you should try the above-mentioned steps. If several USB devices no longer work correctly, proceed as follows:

  1. Shut down your PC and remove all connected USB devices.
  2. Now pull the power plug and leave the PC completely without power for 60 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power plug and then power up the PC.
  4. If you are in the Windows interface, reconnect the USB devices one by one and try them out.
  5. If all the USB devices have problems again after you have connected one of them, there may be a hardware defect in the device.

But if this does not work, there might be a driver problem or the corresponding drivers are simply missing.


2. Reset controller driver to zeroReset controller driver the driver detected a controller error

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination.
  2. Enter the following command in the appearing Run window: devmgmt.msc
  3. Once you are in the Device Manager, open the USB Controller category.
  4. The faulty controller should appear here with a yellow warning symbol.
  5. Right-click on it and click on Uninstall.
  6. If Uninstall is not available, go to the Properties of the USB controller.
  7. Go to the Drivers tab.
  8. Click on the Uninstall button.
  9. Restart your computer.

Windows should now search for a suitable driver and install it automatically. Usually, Windows should be able to find and install suitable drivers for your USB controller automatically.

However, various circumstances (damaged files, incorrect file structures or settings, etc.) can cause a problem with the driver.


3. Update your driversUpdate the drivers the driver detected a controller error

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination.
  2. Enter the following command in the appearing Run window: devmgmt.msc
  3. Once you are in the Device Manager, expand Disk drives.
  4. Locate the driver and right-click on it.
  5. Choose Update Driver Software.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Restart your computer.

If your drivers are outdated, you can update them through Device Manager as above mentioned. We also extensively covered this topic in our dedicated Update drivers guide.

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