Importance of different drivers for Gateway® 550GR

Why do you need to install drivers for Gateway 550GR? How do they help?


Gateway 550GR comes with a 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor at 800MHz. It is a single processor desktop PC. Gateway 550GR is equipped with 512MB of DDR SDRAM RAM. The maximum RAM it can support is 2GB and a L2 Cache of 1MB. The Operating System that is installed in Gateway 550GR is Windows XP Home Edition. There are number of software that come with this desktop, they are Microsoft Works 7.0, Microsoft Money 2004, Microsoft Picture It! Premium, Encarta Online, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Media Player, Real Player, Power DVD, Nero 6 Suite, Internet Explorer, AOL 9.0 with three months membership included and Norton AntiVirus 2004. The special features included in Encarta Online is Hyper-Threading technology. Software programs that connect directly to Windows and which manage important tasks of communicating your instructions to a hardware device and relay data back to you are known as device drivers.


Importance of drivers for Gateway 550GR and need of installing drivers:




  • Different drivers installed

  • For activating a particular device

  • For providing operating system interaction



Different drivers installed



Different drivers can be installed on Gateway 550GR for various purposes. You need to install the correct sound card driver or audio driver in order to hear sound from the system and to make a sound card function properly in Gateway 550GR. In order to print a document, the printer driver feeds data to the printer with the correct commands. For the graphics card installed on your computer, you need to install a graphics driver. These graphics cards are also known as video drivers.



For activating a particular device



Device drivers are either downloaded or installed from websites or else they come on CDs. You need to install drivers for other portable devices. Addition and removal of devices on Gateway 550GR may get detected with the help of these drivers. Every device functions properly only when they are supported by specific drivers and after the installation of these drivers, a device object may be created.



For providing operating system interaction


The device drivers are connected to the Operating System so that it allows the Operating System to offer permission for accessing hardware both for you and your application programs. Most outdated systems may not provide built-in support for devices like CD-ROM drives. So each and every Operating System requires a device driver in order to make the CD-ROM drive work properly. The major role of a device driver provides an interface between the application programs and the device that utilizes it.




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