WHAT IS IS A COMPUTER DRIVER?
Drivers are pieces of software that allow the computer to communicate with peripherals connected to your computer. Taking data from a device and processing it so that the computer can use it or vice versa. As a computer’s Central Processor Unit (CPU) only has a finite amount of processing power, drivers will work with the Operating system to help cue jobs up ready to be processed by the processor when there’s a free slot in the CPU’s time. This could be a mouse moving a pointer on screen or a computer sending a document to a printer.
Types of Device Drivers
Common types of products include:
- printer driver software
- scanner driver software
- Windows drivers
- Linux drivers
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Many different types of printer scanner driver software and printer driver scanner software are commonly available.
Device drivers work with an operating system in a variety of ways. For example, printer driver software converts data that is to be printed to a format specific to the printer. The installation of proper printer driver software enables applications such as Microsoft Word to print documents to a specific type of printer. Scanner driver software translates the data used by the Windows or Linux operating systems into a format that a specific type of scanner can understand. Other Windows drivers and Linux drivers enable their respective operating systems to use computer hardware such as video cards, keyboards, and mice. In this way, software drivers are small but important software programs that explain to an operating system how a piece of hardware works.
There are many applications for device drivers. Some products are suitable for interfacing with:
- video adapters
- network cards
- storage cards
Others are designed for computer storage devices such as hard drives or compact disc read-only memory (CD-ROM) drives. Companies such as National Instruments may provide guidelines for designing hardware-compatible software drivers. Software driver suppliers are located across the United States and around the world.
WHAT IS AUDIO DRIVER
Audio driver is the software that helps your operating system to communicate with audio devices such as internal sound cards, speakers, headsets, and microphones.
An audio driver is a type of computer file used by a computer’s operating system (OS) to recognize and properly interact with an audio device. It usually refers to a driver used for sound cards within a computer, but can also be used in reference to drivers necessary for especially complex sound systems or audio input devices as well. An audio driver may come with a piece of audio hardware or may be downloaded or updated through the Internet.
Fix sound or audio problems in Windows
If you’re having sound or audio problems, the following suggestions might help. The tips are listed in order, so start with the first one, see if that helps, and then continue to the next one if it doesn’t.
Before you begin
Start by running the automated audio troubleshooter in the Get Help app. Get Help automatically runs diagnostics and takes the correct steps to fix most audio issues.
If this cant solve the problems,do the following.