Monday, March 9th, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops
A device driver is a short software program that you need to install on your laptop so that the machine can communicate with a particular peripheral. For example, if you buy a new printer and plug it into the laptop, and the laptop does not recognize the printer at first, you will not be able to print. But when the device driver is present, the laptop and the printer can talk to each other through the device driver – it is that piece of software that “drives” the process.
Device drivers are required for peripherals such as:
- digital cameras.
When you purchase a peripheral device, it usually comes with a CD that contains the programme that will facilitate (drive) the communication between laptop and peripheral. This programme must be installed (loaded) onto your laptop.
In some cases you will be directed to a website from where you could download the required driver.
Once the driver has been installed, you will be able to use the peripheral without any further hassles. It only has to be installed once, and after that it will do its work invisibly. Just don’t throw the CD from which you loaded the driver away. When you change to a new laptop, or if the software on your laptop has to be reloaded as a result of a disk crash or another disaster, you may have to reinstall the driver.
There are two further pieces of good news:
Many device drivers are already incorporated in your laptop’s operating system and in those cases you do not have to load the drivers.
You don’t have to worry about the cost of device drivers – they are usually provided at no cost when you purchase peripherals.
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