A computer is made up of many parts, and if just one or two isn’t working properly, your computer can be slowed drastically. So have you been checking your device drivers?
But what are device drivers? Essentially, they are components that make your computer run smoothly. In simple terms, they are the fuel to your computer’s car. Without the drivers, your computer simply does not run. However, like a car, the device drivers need to be updated or ‘refilled’ every so often, to ensure maximum performance.
Most people will go the life of their computer without updating the device drivers, which can be the reason so many older computers are prone to shorter life spans. However, updating the driver is not as easy as filling up a car. But with this YOURLifeChoices guide, you will be speeding down the information superhighway on your improved computer in no time.
The device drivers are essentially software that communicates with internal and external software, such as scanners and printers. New operating systems, time or downloading other software may cause these drivers to be out of date, and this calls for them to be updated.
The biggest problem novice computer users have when updating driver software is locating the device drivers in order to update them. However, it is very simple. If you are running Windows 7 or above, simply type in ‘device manager’ into the search bar and press enter. If you are running Windows XP or anything before, simply right-click the mouse on ‘My Computer’ and select ‘properties’. When ‘properties’ is opened, click on the ‘hardware’ tab, and then click the device manager button. The device manager should look like this.
Once you are in the device manager, search for your component of choice by looking in the appropriate categories. It is simply a matter of right-clicking your device driver and selecting options to see if it needs an update. (Although the answer is almost definitely yes)
For a novice or intermediate computer user, that is, someone who uses their computer regularly but not all day every day, it is not essential to update every single driver. The main ones that you should worry about are the motherboard and the graphics card.
The graphics card is located in your device manager under ‘display adapters’, and the motherboard software is located under ‘system devices.’ (As seen above)
To update the device drivers, for example, your graphics card, simply copy the files name, for example ‘INTEL 82865G Graphics Controller’ and search it in Google. When your search is completed, simply find and download the newest and most relevant copy of your software. When the new driver is downloaded, simply double-click its icon and follow the instructions.
Be advised that when searching for your computers motherboard driver, you may need to consult online. Take note of where it is located in our case (green arrow above), but it may be titled differently for your computer. When you do find your motherboard software, simply repeat the steps from above.
With these updates completed, your computer will be running much smoother. But remember to check sporadically, and repeat the downloading steps to ensure your computer is performing at its maximum.
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