Get to know about laptop drivers.
Drivers are a set of system programs that provides an interface between the operating system and the hardware installed in the laptop by interpreting the instructions sent to the attached hardware. It provides a means of communication via the computer bus that attaches the component. They are, however, specific to the operating system that is installed in the machine and dependent solely on the hardware. The different device drivers supported by the laptop include sound, network, video and printer device drivers.
The need of drivers in laptops and consequences of installing improper drivers are discussed in the following points.
- Purpose of drivers
- Issues with incompatible device drivers
- Ensuring that drivers are updated
Purpose of drivers
These set of programs functions in acting as a means to interpret instructions or user requests that the attached hardware device can understand. Applications and the operating system installed do not have the capacity to permit them to relay instructions directly to the hardware device. Drivers convert the instructions relayed to it into machine readable languages that are comprehended by hardware devices, which are then executed by the hardware.
In addition, they allow users to use third party applications i.e. media player to interpreted contents of file e.g. audio files can only be interpreted by listening through speakers. The functionality of the attached hardware i.e. changing the default settings by the user can only be enabled by the interface provided by the drivers.
Issues with incompatible device drivers
For effective performance correct drivers based on the hardware model and version has to be installed in order for applications and system users to control the hardware devices and have access to the features. In cases where the user installs the wrong version of the device drivers, the hardware device may not function fully according to its specification e.g. if wrong device drivers are installed for video graphic card, the user may be unable to change the display settings i.e. screen resolutions and color quality. In addition the hardware device may be incompatible with the operating system installed resulting in a conflict each time the user tries to access the hardware component.
When installing a device driver a user should ensure that familiar with the version of the operating system, the manufacturer and model of the hardware device.
To ensure the drivers are optimized, the user has to ensure that they are updated more frequently. Hardware and software manufacturers often make changes to their products without informing the users. To ensure that drivers can handle the upgrades and conform to system changes, updates have to install. This can be done automatically by connecting the device driver support website or manually downloading an update file and installing.
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