Gateway® DX4200 Drivers

What is the need of drivers in the Gateway DX4200 system?


Device drivers are software programs tasked to interpret applications or user requests into a form comprehensible to the hardware. Regardless of the variety of features coded directly into an application, it does not contain the essential procedures that let it directly relay its requests to a hardware device. A simple instance of such device driver action is when a user tries to play a music file using a third-party application such as Windows Media Player. The audio device driver then translates this request into the machine understandable format and then retranslates it into the audio device in the system. Similar to this audio driver, printer drivers and video drivers in the system are responsible for supporting respective devices in the system. If the users want to improve any of the functions of the device in the system, they could change the associated settings in the drivers. There is no need to change the device itself.


More details on the functions of the device drivers:




  • Recognition of hardware

  • Receiving software request

  • Troubleshooting devices



Recognition of hardware



For your computer Operating System to recognize the connected or installed hardware devices, drivers are very necessary. You need to install necessary drivers for your mouse, keyboard, chipset, Ethernet, optical drive, graphic card, and any other installed hardware devices. Without the necessary device drivers installed, your OS wouldn’t be able to understand the connected hardware.



Receiving software request



Drivers act as communication channels or translators. These drivers receive requests for particular software to make use of hardware. To maintain effective and perfect communication between your installed hardware device and the Operating System or the application that makes use of the hardware device, you need to install the necessary device drivers. You should install the Operating System and hardware compatible drivers to maintain optimum communication and interaction. The Operating System could access details from these drivers after proper installation of the device drivers in the system. Then only the underlying Operating System could support the working of that hardware device.



Troubleshooting devices


This is also one of the main functionalities of the device drivers in the Gateway DX4200 system. Since all the details related to the hardware device in the system are kept in the drivers in the system, you could find the details related to each of the devices if any problems occur with them.




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