Types of Drivers:

Device drivers: In general, a device driver is a computer program that helps your hardware communicate with your operating system. Every piece of hardware in your computer has a driver or driver pack. Examples of hardware are printers, keyboards, monitors, printers, graphic cards, sound cards, and so on. Often times, the same hardware will require a different driver depending on the operating system it is running on. If you update your computer from Windows XP to Window 7, for instance, you will likely need to update some of your computer's drivers for your computer to run in an optimal way.

BIOS driver: The BIOS (basic input/output system) is a chip on the computer's motherboard that runs a program when your computer boots. Its purpose is to start the different pieces of hardware on your computer, such as your screen, mouse, keyboard, and hard disks.

Motherboard drivers: These drivers interact directly with the operating system (such as Windows) and let your computer run all the features of your motherboard. Typically, your motherboard runs USB ports, Ethernet, fans, and sometimes even your graphical devices. Although separate from the BIOS, these drivers are also crucial in order to get basic functionalities from your computer.

Hardware device drivers: Everything that connects one way or another to your motherboard is a device that requires its own specific driver or set of drivers. These devices include scanners, printers, digital cameras or webcams, network cards and expansion slots.

Virtual device drivers As its name would suggest, virtual device drivers emulate a piece of hardware to make the computer recognize a program as actual hardware. The most commonly used virtual device is a virtual CD/DVD drive that allows the computer to read an .ISO image file from a hard disk, without having to mount it on an actual CD/DVD.

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