Fixing issues related to printer drivers
Do you want to know why it is necessary to install printer drivers?
Computer printers have been around for almost as long as computers; certainly as long as desktop computers have started to gain popularity. Its main purpose is to transform our digital files into a hard copy or something we can touch. Be it letters, spreadsheets, or even photos. Although printers have evolved quite significantly over the years, the thing that makes it work has not; drivers. Read on to know how printer drivers work and what would happen if you force install a different driver.
Things you need to know about printer drivers:
- Role of printer driver
- What happens when you force an incorrect driver
- Finding and installing the correct drivers
Role of printer driver
A driver is software that the operating system interfaces with in order to make the printer work correctly. It is often bundled with the printer since it is needed to make the printer work correctly. Since different printers do not share the same electrical characteristics and signaling, the operating system needs to know how to correctly interface with it in order to make it work. The printer driver is responsible for this. It contains functions that the operating system can call to make the printer do what the operating system wants. The operating system no longer needs to know the specifications about the printer as the driver already knows that.
What happens when you force an incorrect driver
Most computer operating systems nowadays are smart enough to know whether the driver that you are installing is compatible with the printer that you have installed or not. The worst that could happen is that your computer would recognize that you do not have the correct drivers installed and refuse to interface with your printer at all. Even if you manage to install a driver from a different printer, your operating system would still not load them for your printer.
In order to make your printer work, you need to install the correct drivers for your printer. This is very easy for new printers as they often come with a disc that contains the drivers. If for some reason, you lost the driver disc or you need to install the printer to a netbook that does not have an optical drive, you can download the driver from the website of your printer’s manufacturer. It is a small file and you can quickly download it. Just follow the prompts to ensure that the printer driver is installed correctly.
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