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Name: _________________________________ Score: ___________
Grade & Section: __________________________ Date: ________________
Subject: Computer System Servicing – G9


Device driver
More commonly known as a driver, a device driver or hardware driver
is a group of files that enable one or more hardware devices to
communicate with the computer's operating system. Without drivers,
the computer would not be able to send and receive data correctly to
hardware devices, such as a printer.

If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device may not function
properly, if at all. For Microsoft Windows users, a driver conflict or an
error can be seen in the Device Manager. If problems or conflicts are
encountered with a driver, the computer manufacturer or hardware
manufacturer will release a driver update to fix the problems.
 Drivers from a CD or DVD
Almost all computer and hardware manufacturers include a
group of drivers for different hardware devices and often for
each of the supported versions of Windows. For example, the
driver CD you receive with your printer likely contains the
drivers for dozens of different printers and not just the printer
you purchased. When installing the drivers, make sure you are
installing the drivers for your printer and not another printer
model. Also, make sure you are installing it for the version of
Windows you are running on your computer.
 Installing drivers from USB drive
After the drivers are copied to a USB flash drive or another drive
they can also be installed from that drive. Once the drive is
connected to the computer, open Windows Explorer and then
the drive letter for the computer drive. For example, if you have
a USB drive that is assigned the E: drive when connected, you
would open the E: drive.

Once the drivers are found on the drive, you must determine how
the drivers are packaged. If the directory contains executable files
or a setup file you can install the driver using an executable. If the
directory contains .inf files, you can install the driver using an inf
or use the "have disk" option during the install. If the drivers are
compressed into a .zip file, you need to uncompress the file.
 Driver Pack Solution
A one-stop answer for everyone to be equipped with the best
and class and category hardware drivers. It automatically and
consistently scans your computer system to figure out if your
computer hardware requires any driver update. It allows you to
install right driver for right hardware in just one click.
Note: You can install the drivers using a CD/DVD driver,
Driver Pack or download the particular driver.

Learning Experience: Laboratory Activity. (10 points)

Identify all the drivers that are not installed in the computer system.