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What Drivers Do

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms
 
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Florence from MA asks:

What are drivers?

Good question – a classic, in fact! Drivers are basically instructions that tell your computer how to use its hardware. Each hardware device in your computer has a driver.

Some, like drivers for a keyboard or mouse, are built into the computer itself. Others, like video card drivers or network drivers, need to be installed when you get a the new hardware device. Without the proper driver, your stuff won’t work, that is, unless you have a newer operating system like Windows Vista or 7 that can search for certain kinds of drivers.

If you’re having trouble with a particular hardware device, chances are that an updated driver may solve your problem. These can be found at the website for the company that made your equipment. Two good sources to help you locate updated drivers are Windrivers and DriverGuide .

~ Steve

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