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If your headphones were USB headphones, they may not require drivers as there is a standard manufacturers can follow so the devices they create do not need additional drivers. This is the same way most mice and keyboards "just work". If your headphones just use a normal jack, the machine's sound card has a set of controllers that are doing the processing ...


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Most manufacturers let you download drivers from their website by entering your computer's model number or serial number. Here are links for a few of the most popular laptop manufacturers. You can usually find manufacturers' driver sites by googling manufacturer name drivers. Toshiba Drivers Dell Drivers HP Drivers ASUS Drivers Acer Drivers Lenovo/IBM ...


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Finally cracked it! It's to do with the printer name in the driver's inf file. When I installed Windows 7 it automatically installed the MP600 driver but it called it "Canon Inkjet MP600 Printer". NOTE Inkjet. When you unzip the Canon driver and look in its driver folder the printer inf file is called MP600PR.inf. Edit this file with Notepad and you will ...


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Simple answer, they don't require 500 MB, or 50 MB, or even 5 MB of drivers. A PCL (what most inkjets speak) driver is in the hundreds of KB. Likewise, a postscript driver is equally tiny. In Windows you can, in fact, install and use most printers using a built-in driver, even if it's not the "right" driver. You would be astounded at how many ...


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Drivers are software interfaces between the operating system and the device. They allow indirect but standardised communication. Without it, developers would have to talk to the device directly and write code for every imaginable piece of hardware. Headphones have no need for such an interface, because there is no communication with the operating system ...


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This isnt an unbreakable rule. The main reason to install drivers first is that the device manufacturer knows the drivers did not ship with Windows XP (or whichever OS). You can certainly plug the device in and the world will not implode in a cataclysm of fire. Typically, Windows will complain that it doesnt know what the device is and prompts you to ...


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The generic drivers are often provided by the manufacturers themselves, but they are specifically designed to get the system working at all, not necessarily working well. Further, depending on the component, they may outdated and can not only run slower than with a newer driver, but also have bugs that may have since been fixed. Plus, you may think that your ...


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If you have Windows XP running, first step is to go into System->Device Manager in the Control Panel and write down the names of everything with a yellow exclamation point. Each of those devices are the things that need drivers. Sometimes the names are very descriptive: "Realtek 8139 Ethernet". Some are less descriptive: "Ethernet adapter", "AC97 Sound ...


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The BIOS in a PC was meant to fufill a similar function as the BIOS in an 8-bit CP/M system, popular before the PC took over in the mid-80's. The BIOS was intended to contain a minimal bootloader and hardware-dependent low-level routines to do input and output to a few devices (screen, disk, tape, COM port). Knowledge to do this was built into the ROM - no ...


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Maybe because plugging it in first might result in some default driver getting installed which lacks the options (bloat?) the recommended driver package offers. This is not only likely to confuse a normal user, it is then going to be extra confusing/difficult to teach him/her how to update the driver to the recommended one (resulting in lots of unnecessary ...


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Create a new printer and set its port to NUL: You will need to add a new local port and just type NUL: where it asks for port name.


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You need USB 3.0 drivers to read installation media. Windows 7 is fine with AHCI.


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I think it's a relic of history. On the PC side printers have evolved from the character-by-character bunch (so, you send ASCII to them, they type it out as though they were a typewriter) through the Epson FX80 era (which is ASCII + control codes) into pixels. I think the level of competition and the fact that they were building up from devices that didn't ...


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The following thread has many explanations and workarounds : Missing sound recording option "Stereo Mix" / "Record What you hear" / "Waveout mix". One of them is : Since Microsoft intentionally removes the Stereo Mix / Waveout Mix option from its drivers, you need to try to download the latest version of the sound card driver and install it. If ...


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You can use PDFCreator. It's free and open source. Here's a bit more info on it: Create PDFs from any program that is able to print Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc New: Digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified New: Create PDF/A files for long term ...


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Every device you own uses a driver to communicate with the OS. In most modern operating systems, the default built-in drivers are enough to cover a myriad of devices, such as keyboards, mice and speakers. But once in a while, a device comes along that the OS engineers haven't designed for. I.e., my Fitbit - a USB/wireless pedometer. In that case, you need ...


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The CD's might also contain supporting software that aren't drivers per se, such as control panel applets, testing/setup/diagnostic utilites, and .PDF manuals. In some cases a device, such as a mouse, might have basic functionality covered by the base class USB driver, but may have extended functionality available if the manufacturer driver is installed. ...


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Try this, ymmv. Install from USB: When Windows is asking for driver, just click Cancel. You will be brought back to the welcome screen. At the welcome screen, remove your USB drive, insert it back to DIFFERENT USB PORT. Click Install Now again. The installation process will be like usual. Also, forget where I found this tidbit "it was the ...


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Yes - those are just the files extracted from the download into a temporary location. The actual Nvidia program files are located as default: C:\Program Files\ etc. The NVIDIA folder can indeed be deleted. It can sometimes be a handy feature to have giving you access to all the seperate installers and driver components of the download for a more granular ...


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This is perfectly OK. We do it frequently. Some points to bear in mind: Only swap when the OS is really shutdown. Not hibernated ! If you installed ANY software during the last session (including hotfixes/security patches) give the computer an extra reboot, before shutting it down. This is to make sure all updates are really committed to the registry. You ...


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Firstly, there sometimes are cases where a driver patch is released that might boost performance, or increase efficiency, for a certain CPU. But obviously you're asking this question because it's just not that common. What the CPU driver optimizations do is similar in concept, however. A GPU is a very complicated piece of circuitry. It exists to offload ...


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Does the BIOS have some sort of generic 'drivers' How does the BIOS control I/O devices without any form of drivers? Standards. All components implement a basic interface, and the BIOS is programmed to use that. Of course because it is a basic interface (that’s what the ‘B’ in BIOS stands for), it can not take advantage of the hardware’s full ...


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is there any chance that I could download true minimal drivers Not very often, unfortunately. However, most of the big driver packages can be extracted so that you can get at just the driver portions. It really varies from vendor to vendor. Some of them have command line switches for extracting. Some of them are just self-extracting zip or 7-zip ...


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Do you really need a 500-MB driver to just print? Chances are you don't. My HP Officejet 6210 has an included CD that has about ~400 MB worth of software, but in reality it has much more than just printing support, among them: Scanning OCR Photo editor Photo manager Faxing etc. Yes, I agree that they're still bloated, but that's not all for printing. ...


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Look at this article, it will help you to disable your laptop keyboard by uninstalling your keyboard driver. Go to Start–>Search type in gpedit.msc Click the file to open the Local Group Policy Editor and show Windows who is in control!! You want to go here: Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Device Installation. Click on ...


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The 'BIOS' bit of 'The BIOS' is indeed the compatibility layer between hardware and the OS. Yes, you could directly drive the hardware BUT you'd need to write driver code for every variant of motherboard design in order for your app to work on every machine. In the very dim and distant past when Lotus 123 was a DOS app, the very first few versions drove the ...


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#3 - Direct download of the WHQL Driver off Nvidia's website.


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If you’re familiar with Windows XP Service Pack slipstreaming, this is pretty similar. I’m using Windows XP Professional for this example. It should be similar with Vista etc. Make ISO image from your Windows 7 DVD with your favorite software. I used CDBurnerXP. Save install.wim somewhere on your hard drive from that ISO image or straight from DVD. ...


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The problem is a bit mysterious until you realize what's happening behind the scenes during a windows install. And, there is a workaround to allow you to use USB 3.0. One workaround is easier in the moment, the other requires a bit of work to setup, but will be easiest for future installs. Introduction: What exactly is the problem Here is a lengthy but ...


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It looks like there is a nVidia knowledge base article that deals with the Updatus user account. The short story is that this behavior is by design, and they won't fix it. If you have an Optimus-enabled notebook, even if you don't want nVidia update, it will be installed. They seem to think that creating a user account is a perfectly good approach to ...



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