Windows® Vista Drivers in Toshiba® Satellite L500
For the Toshiba Satellite L500 notebook to be compatible with the Windows Vista operating system and other user installed applications such as media player or productivity suite, the notebook is pre installed with a set of system software called drivers. These are a set of software that provides an interface between the hardware components in the notebook and the operating system and other applications installed by interpreting instructions sent to the hardware devices. However, while using the laptop one may experience some problems in terms of hardware accessibility such as unable to print, unable to hear the sound and so on.
- Notebook drivers
- Issues that come with the drivers
- Resolving driver issues
The drivers in the notebook should always correspond to the hardware components. The main device drivers are for optical devices, graphics card, Ethernet LAN card, wireless card, HDMI, and USB device drivers, among other additional hardware components control device drivers such as sound equipment, touchpad and keyboard. These drivers are meant to interpret instructions that are sent to the hardware components, for example, when a user wants to connect to a wireless network, the user will choose to activate the wireless Internet connection from the ‘Control Panel’. If the drivers are missing the operating system will be unable to detect the presence of a wireless network in the system.
Issues that come with the drivers
Some of the issues that may cause the hardware components not to function properly are that if the device driver version does not conform to the operating system in use in this case Windows Vista. If the notebook was shipped with Windows7 as its primary operating system and for some reason, the user decided to change the software. The drivers may not be compatible as they may have been preconditioned to work with Windows 7. In addition to compatibility with the operating system, changes in hardware technology may not be at par with the device driver as the vendor never supplies an updated version. If the hardware being used is of a higher version than the one specified in the device driver, then it may cause a conflict, making the hardware not to function.
It is always prudent to ensure that the device driver provided is able to support the Windows Vista operating system. In cases where one is in doubt they can always ask the vendor to provide them with the right drivers. In addition, the user should regularly update the drivers that are installed to keep up with the technological changes that may be made in the hardware. In cases where the operating system is displaying a conflict in the device driver installed, the user should use the recovery disk provided to reload the device drivers.