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What Are Computer Drivers?

Tech Talker explains what drivers are, what they do, and how to troubleshoot and backup your computer drivers.

By
Eric Escobar
May 8, 2013
Episode #076

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How to Find a Driver

There are ton of programs on the internet that will scan your system and search for drivers automatically. However, I don’t recommend them at all as they generally install other junk software on your and seldom work well.

Your best bet is to use our old pal Google and search for the driver yourself. Oftentimes your first result will be the manufacturer who will provide the driver to you directly. If that’s not the case, you’ll at least come across forums where people have encountered your exact same problem and others who have a solution.

The best way to avoid this is to check ahead of time to make sure your device is compatible with your operating system.

With that, here are your 4 Quick and Dirty Tips for dealing with computer drivers:

  1. If you are upgrading your computer or moving to a different computer, be sure to make a backup of your device drivers.

  2. Many devices will install drivers automatically from the web if you are using a newer version of Windows.

  3. Apple devices tend to have less trouble with drivers because Apple manufactures all parts for its devices.

  4. If you’re having a problem with a specific device driver, consult Google and the manufacturer’s website.

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at techtalker.quickanddirtytips.com. And if you have further questions about this podcast or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post them on Facebook.com/QDTtechtalker.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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