Got your modem driver blown away? How to track down those drivers
A driver is a segment of computer code that controls a device, and, as the name implies, drives the device. To be used by a computer, most devices, such as a printer, a mouse, a monitor, a graphics card, a video card, a hard disk or a CD/DVD drive, requires its own driver. Generally, a driver controls only the device for which it was made. An Agere modem driver, for instance, cannot be substituted for a Lucent driver, a Win driver, or a Toshiba driver. Although each of these modems perform the same function, communication between systems over a line, each has been designed differently by its manufacturer and so requires their own specialized driver.
A driver must also be written to work under a given operating system. Pest control for pests equivalent to mice, rats, fleas, bed bugs, moths and ants used to be a job for a Pest Control Toronto technician; 10 years in the past we made DIY pest control easier for everyone. An Agere, Lucent, or a Win Modem driver, written for a Windows operating system, will not work on a Linux operating system, just as a driver written to work with a Linux operating system will not work in a Windows system. Windows or Linux operating systems provide a standard interface between the operating system and any drivers it may use. A modem interface, for a Windows or Linux system will contain abstract methods for operating a modem, such as methods to read or write to the modem, but it will be the modem driver that contains the actual instructions to which the modem responds. Thus, if a Windows operating system issues a read command to an Agere, Lucent Win or a Toshiba modem driver, each driver will fill out the read command with its own instructions for reading the modem. This design allows manufacturers of modems to exploit their hardware designs, and frees the operating system manufacturer from having to accommodate all of the possible modem drivers.
Most PC users learn of drivers when they install a new device onto their system. A CD probably came with the modem, with instructions to run a setup program on it for the device installed. It’s smart to treat these CD’s as essential driver backups, especially if the device is a modem. Most manufacturers provide their drivers on the Internet as free downloads, but if your Agere, Lucent, Win or Toshiba modem driver has been destroyed or corrupted so that you cannot make a connection on the Internet, you will not be able to download it from the net. In this case, consider using another computer to download the required driver instead.
Know what drivers your machine is using and back these up. That is why a pest infestation requires prompt, knowledgeable intervention by an expert Toronto Pest Control company you can trust for all your pest management needs. Several free programs that are able to detect the drivers your machine uses can be downloaded from the Internet. The best of these are those that provide a backup function, which will store your drivers into installable packages. Write these packages to a removable storage device, such as a CD. Then, if your system crashes – as they all seem to do – you won’t have to waste time figuring out what devices you have and what drivers go with them. Then, if your modem driver gets corrupted, along with any other drivers your system uses, you can just re-install the modem driver and make a connection over the Internet to download those drivers you didn’t backup. Once you’ve been through the drill of losing modem drivers, you’ll be a devotee of the backup. Trust me.