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Driver Updates – Driver Updates Can Be Crucial to Proper Working of Computer Devices

Driver Updates – Driver Updates Can Be Crucial to Proper Working of Computer Devices

A driver is a program consisting of a set of files that monitors and controls a hardware device while playing the role of a mediating translator between the device and the computer program which uses it. More specifically, the driver takes the program’s generic group of directives and converts it into a language that will be understood and accepted by the device. A printer; a mouse; a keyboard; a monitor; a video, a PC or a sound card; a USB or a VGA; and even a network or Windows XP must each have its own very specialized driver that comprehends its unique group of commands or it will simply not work. All these drivers evoke images of a busy highway because, in fact, these are drivers navigating the cyberspace thoroughfare which is also known as the World Wide Web (WWW).

To add to the congestion of this endless superhighway, each of the following has its own driver to maneuver through the global traffic: wireless, audio, Bluetooth, Ethernet, graphics, Intel, Linux, disk, input, media, modem and Microsoft. To keep computers running at optimum capacity, updates of the latest versions of all programs should be acquired on a regular basis for their system software as well as for any existing third party software. However, where hardware drivers (which are essentially software programs), are concerned, the question regarding updates is somewhat controversial. Some say that whenever any hardware or software changes, updates or additions are made to the computer, all drivers must be updated with their most recent editions. Otherwise, they also say, computers will fall from their peak performance because programs will cease working as they should, drivers will lose their ability to translate program commands and hardware will fail to co-operate. On the other hand, others claim that it is not essential to update hardware drivers unless:

  • Problems are experienced which are obviously related to the hardware devices.
  • Certain features or utilities are not available on the existing version of the driver.
  • The existing driver issues a notification about an update.
  • The system software (Windows) issues a notification that updated drivers are available.
  • The existing driver seems to have a security issue.

The simplest and most efficient way to maintain hardware drivers updated for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) computers such as Toshiba, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Compaq and so on, one merely needs to visit their websites and download the appropriate drivers for the hardware associate with or installed on the computers. Keeping drivers current on computers that were built from miscellaneous components or on those computers that are not OEM, instructions listed in the documentation which accompanied the hardware should be followed. However, there is a much easier and simpler way to have driver updates for various devices and I can recommend a software known as DriverCure which works very well to update drivers for optimum performance.