Devices and device drivers go hand in hand. In order for your hardware to work efficiently you need to choose the right device drivers. One of the worst things you can do is try to save money by choosing something that is "close" to what you need. When it comes to device drivers, close is not good enough. It is essential to have the exact drivers you need or your hardware is not going to run efficiently if at all. Spending extra time to reinstall drivers because you did not install the correct ones the first time means less time doing the things you need or want to do on the computer.
Making the wrong choices not only costs you extra time but it can also cost you extra money when you are forced to replace equipment you thought had quit running. Unless you know something about computers, you will not think of the possibility that the problem lies with the drivers rather than the device. Thus instead of realizing the problem is the incompatibility of the drivers, you just spend the money to replace the piece of hardware. For instance, when you install the wrong drivers for a printer it will not work, so instead of looking to the drivers for the problem, an inexperienced person will look toward the printer itself. They do not realize the full impact drivers have on hardware devices so don't consider the drivers they installed as the source of the problem.
Before you begin using your computer for the first time, you need to understand the importance not only of hardware and device drivers but also how they relate to the entire operation of the computer itself. When you understand how one device ties into another it will be easier for you to understand the importance of choose the right device drivers for each piece of hardware. When you consider the fact that updates for drivers are free, there is really no reason a person should insist upon using the wrong ones.
Why do people choose the wrong device drivers? There may be any number of reasons including lack of knowledge. They may become confused when there are so many from which to choose and instead of asking someone who is more knowledgeable they just assume it doesn't make any difference and pick one from the list. Perhaps they know the computer model but may not know their network device - network drivers are the most essential ones because without them you cannot connect to other computers or the Internet. Make a note of all the hardware you have so when it is time to upgrade or replace your drivers you know exactly what to choose.
There is no doubt about the importance of choosing the right device drivers for each piece of hardware that is installed on your computer. The savings in both time and money are well worth taking the time to make sure you have the correct drivers for your hardware. You would not choose a Hewlett Packard driver for a Dell printer nor should you choose a Linksys driver for a NetGear network device.