Drivers

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Display Drivers

Display drivers are the communicative links between your computer and monitor. They are responsible for ensuring that your monitor displays the information the computer relays. These specialized drivers maintain the distribution of color and pixels on your computer screen. The result? It produces everything you see on the screen such as icons, window boxes, et cetera. Having an outdated display driver rarely results in a blank monitor screen. However, the quality may not be to typical standard since new animation formats are usually created every year.

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Audio & Sound

Whether your sound card is dedicated to producing high volumes of music or enabling you to listen to sound of your favorite movie, it needs a driver. There are numerous programs on Windows that need to produce sound, including video, games and music players. The sound card translates the data from the computer and manipulates it into sound that flows from a speaker. Having the latest sound card drivers allows you to get the latest technology in sound quality. These allow your musical sound to come through sharper and clearer than before.

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Graphics & Video Adapters

Graphics Card Drivers keep the images on your screen appearing the way they were originally intended. They assist Windows with communicating to your graphics card. The graphics card is a hardware piece that manages the data needed to stream media for video games. Because these things need the screen to refresh itself quickly, the graphics card is a mega contributor to the success of displaying a video game. But it’s the driver that is responsible for all of that data, so when it gets outdated, you see the effects in poor video performance.

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Network Adapters

Windows does a great job of auto-updating integral drivers like those to the network adapter. But even the latest editions of Windows has trouble keeping up with every web-based advancement. Network adapters translate the information that travels across the Internet. Like all data in a computer, the communication lines in the web are digital. This requires special software programs to transform it into recognizable data such as web pages and streaming media.

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Printers

Print drivers are what allow you to print documents. Every printer has a specific driver. It not only allows your computer to send text to the printer but allows your printer to communicate with the computer as well. For instance, letting it know if it encounters any problems or if it has low ink levels. New software to text writing programs like MS Word or OpenOffice anticipate new updates to print drivers. These updates allow your printer to organize the delivery of texts and graphics on the page. If you are not up to date on the most current print drivers, then you are at risk for print errors.

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Modems

Many don’t realize the importance of modems. However, they stay occupied with transforming the different input signals into digital online media. Cable modems convert signal from co-axial cables while DSL and Dial-up modems convert signal from phone lines. Simple, right? Newer innovations in broadband data transfer mean quicker speeds, and you just can’t win these innovations if you have an out-of-date driver.

input devices
Input Devices (mouse, keyboard, game controllers)

You would think that Windows has all of the mouse drivers that you would need. After all, when you plug a mouse into a computer, it is expected to work. However, if you intend on using extra features such as customized controls, you will need a specialized input driver. Updates for input drivers keep those crucial parts of your computer, like mouses and keyboards, prepared to accept new functions.

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Scanners

Whether you have a stand-alone scanner or a smart-printer that prints, scans and copies, you need an up-to-date driver to properly advise your computer what do with the data it’s given. Scanners have to copy physical images into digital forms, and recognize and transfer text via an optical medium. Needless to say, that’s not a simple task. It’s always best to keep scanner drivers working in their optimal capacity.

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USB devices (Digital Cameras, mouse camera , printer)

Even your USB ports need drivers. Today, almost any tool that externally works with a computer does so via a USB port, including all digital cameras. The Universal Serial Bus uses a special protocol that encodes data so that it can be communicated accurately and fast. That’s why mouses, cameras and printers all use USB. It’s important to have updated drivers. Otherwise, you risk losing data when you upload pictures or video

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Storage Devices

Hard Disks, External Hard Drives, and TV-top Media Consoles all need drivers as well. These are special protocols that properly instruct your computer how to read and write data. The integrity of the driver is what makes the cached data continually available, so it’s crucial in ensuring those drivers are up-to-date and error free. DriverUpdate uses its active feedback to get the most recent statistics on all new drivers, no matter who manufactures them.

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Optical Disk Drives (cd and dvd drives)

Any time you put a CD, DVD or data disk into your optical disk drive, you are putting a driver to work. That driver will read the encoded information on the disk and translate it into information that that the computer can understand. When DVD-roms replaced CD-roms, many people had to upgrade their whole drive. However, today, an updated driver can reveal features of the most current disks so that you won’t have to touch your hardware. Upgrading is quicker, simpler and free.

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SCSI Devices

Hard drives located inside your computer unite through special buses. The older one is named SCSI and the newer one is named, SATA. Both of these buses allow for the high rate of data-transfer needed to send information from your hard drive to your operating system. Without the drivers for these buses, you wouldn’t have access to data on your hard drive. It is very important to have these drivers fully optimized and working correctly.

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Video and tv tuner

If you watch TV through your computer or have a media PC, then you probably have a TV interface. This is a special card that allows your screen to display your cable TV stations. Your TV tuner has to use custom drivers also. They allow it to translate signals coming off of a coaxial cable wire or from a propitiatory broadcast platform. These drivers are known for being trippy if they aren’t utilized correctly.

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Motherboard Chipsets (Memory controllers, host bridge, PCI-to-PCI bridges, etc)

Perhaps one of the most crucial components of system stability are that chipset drivers link many of the circuits on your computer’s mother board. Let these become dysfunctional, and you’ll endure boot errors or even bluescreens. These are signs that your PC is having trouble creating the communication pathways it needs to work correctly. Use DriverUpdate to manage your chipset drivers, and you can protect against computer freezes and crashes.

other devices
Other devices (devices of unknown type)

As technology progresses, you’ll see more buses invented and created to accommodate faster data transfer and newer interfaces that will attach to new types of hardware. There will be new input devices like infra-red and motion capture. Because your driver profiles are pulled from a dynamic cloud, the time a new hardware becomes available, we will know about it. So if you’re using SlimDrivers or DriverUpdate, that means you do as well.