Drivers

Posted by Dennis March 2nd, 2012

Nope, they’re not a golf club, or a chauffeur.  In PC lingo a “driver” is the software that helps your computer use add-on hardware.  Most people who have used Windows know the routine; you plug in your new gizmo, and hope it works.  Windows 7 has REALLY refined this process, and made it easy for THOUSANDS of products to be added to your setup.  But what if it can’t find your driver?  This can be a real nightmare, and it’s gotten worse.  See, I USED to be able to surf the web and easily find what my clients need.  But lately, every time I go to look, there are TONS of crap driver pages that are a minefield of convoluted information.  All of them want you to buy a service, or install their software, to get what you need.  I was really let down that Driverguide.com has done this.  What used to be a very useful site has turned into garbage.  So what do you do?  Your best bet is to AVOID GENERAL WEB SEARCHES.  Instead, go STRAIGHT to the support section of the manufacturor’s site.  So if it’s a Logitech mouse, for example, go to www.logitech.com and look for your driver there.  Be sure to check if your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit (yes, it matters… a LOT).  You can do this by right-clicking My Computer and choose Properties.  Meanwhile, beware of the commercial crap out there.  They are just trying to steal your money.

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