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Missing hardware device drivers

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In order to understand where the missing hardware drivers could lead to, it is best to understand what hardware drivers are. In computing, the device drivers or the software drivers are the computer programs that would allow the higher level computer programs for interacting with the hardware devices. The drivers typically would communicate with devices through communications subsystems or computer buses to which hardware has been connected. While calling the program that invokes a routine in driver, a driver would issue command on to the device. As the device sends all data back to driver, then driver might evoke the routine in the original calling programs. Device drivers are hardware-dependant and operating-system-specific.

Therefore, basically a driver is a computer program which would facilitate the communications between programs or applications like printer spooler, gaming devices or mice and other specific hardware devices. In case drivers are found to be missing or driver files are found to be corrupt then hardware associated with these drivers would cease to work at all or function below the expected performance level.

Following are some common events that you would experience due to missing hardware device drivers. When scanner or printer drivers are corrupted or missing, you won’t be able to print or scan document. When network adapter drivers are corrupted or missing, you will lose Internet connection. When display adapter drivers are corrupted or missing, your games won’t work properly due to distorted video display. When hardware device drivers are corrupted or missing, your Windows won’t recognize the joystick or game controller. These are just a few common examples of what would happen if device drivers get corrupted or missing.  

Simply put, whenever hardware device driver is not installed, corrupted, unrecognized or missing, the hardware device associated would become unusable. Windows supports tens of hundreds of hardware devices but it possibly cannot support all hardware devices. Even if one manages to install all drivers available from Windows, some drivers might just be outdated. Though some hardware devices are found to be working, chances are that the computer might experience freezes, errors or crashes unexpectedly. Overall and under these circumstances, the performance of Windows would suffer and it would even crash frequently. The worse situation happens when the motherboard driver is found to be missing or unrecognized.  In this scenario, most hardware device would behave in some strange way, even with the latest drivers installed. Your computer would just work intermittently.

It is inevitable that a computer with missing hardware device drivers will experience a slew of errors which eventually render the computer to become unusable. A particular type of error symptoms is the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). When encountering BSOD, your computer will be frozen and thus it won’t respond to any input from either keyboard or mouse, although you may think it is just an issue with your input peripherals.

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