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Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P9: Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve got a strange biography. I’ve been a writer all my life. My first semi-pro job was sports editor of my high school newspaper. (Go Commodores!) After college I was a political reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio and New York (I covered four national nominating conventions and two Presidential campaigns) and a correspondent for The Associated Press. And then, in 1983, I gave in to my inner geek and became the first Executive Editor of PC Magazine, back in the days when most people asked, “What is a PC?”. | 54 Calling the Experts to Your Aid Occasionally a new operating system or a new application is a step or two ahead of the available hardware it can t provide full functions until the chips catch up. Either way hardware and software improvements are like a constant game of electronic leapfrogging. In a perfect world any new piece of hardware would come with device drivers that make it work without flaw with the latest operating systems and programming. And any new program would be delivered with software drivers that instantly translate its commands so that any hardware can immediately act upon them. Sorry to have to break the bad news but this is not a perfect world. Instead what we have is a situation where you have to put in a bit of work to make sure that your drivers are up to date. Most major manufacturers of hardware and software issue driver updates to deal with significant changes like a new operating system introduction the arrival of Windows Vista brought forth a parking lot full of device drivers for hardware while the arrival of a new class of microprocessors demanded adjustments to software drivers for many programs . Locate the Update button part of many software applications give it a try anytime your machine is connected to the Internet and you ve got nothing else to do. In most situations this should keep your programs up to date. Cheap Brand-X hardware can sometimes cost you more in the long run than a device from a company that is likely to stay in business for the lifetime of your laptop and its components. I ve got a closet full of once-nifty devices sold by companies that took the money and ran without maintaining an online or telephone support department and without offering necessary driver updates. And visit the web sites of the manufacturers of any hardware you add to your laptop either as a component in an internal bay or as external device attached to a USB eSATA or other connection . Check for updates specific to your configuration if .

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