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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Install and Configure Hardware Drivers and Devices

Hardware devices, whether internal to a computer or external (a peripheral), require a software driver installed in the operating system. Most times the operating system will detect new hardware and install the appropriate driver, but not always. Drivers are provided on CD by the manufacturer, or you can download them from the manufacturer’s web site. Care must be taken to ensure the correct driver is installed for the model of hardware present. A 64-bit installation of Windows Server 2008 requires a 64-bit printer driver; the 32-bit printer driver for Windows Server 2008 will not work. Microsoft publishes a list of hardware that will work with its operating systems; this list is called the Hardware ...

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