Re: What is a device driver? The real answer

Re: What is a device driver? The real answer


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Posted by kozehameha on September 23, 2001 at 18:01:43:

In Reply to: What is a device driver? posted by Rob on September 17, 2001 at 22:21:14:

: What are device drivers used for?

: In general and in simple terms

obviously colin is a moron, i TOTALLY disagree with his answer. i took operating systems analyst in college last semester, and systems engineering so i think my statements hold more weight then colin's do.
the real answer is:
device drivers are software programs that make it possible for EXTERNAL devices such as a printer, cd burner, scanner, etc. to talk to your computer, the name device driver can be broken up so that i can clearly illustrate what is actually happening here... device=printer, driver=software that is driving the printer or making it operate properly. device drivers are required for all EXTERNAL devices to run at all.
INTERNAL devices such as cpu, hard disk and floppy drives, zip drives, etc dont require device drivers because they are physically linked to the system via bus cables that directly connect to your motherboard.
i think colin has his facts backwards, he wasn't explaining about device drivers he was telling about controllers or handlers.


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