Toshiba® Satellite U500 Drivers for Windows® XP
The Windows® operating system contains, besides the specific files for the operating system, general characteristics for and about the hardware components that a laptop can have. These specifications maintained by the operating system are not enough to use the components of the hardware at their full, high capacities. Thus, drivers are installed on the operating system.
- How drivers work
- Driver types
- Tips to solve the issues
How drivers work
Drivers are software packages that contain clear information about the hardware components that they are installed for. They are installed as a component part of the operating system, in order to work by default whenever the operating system starts. They are small software used to install different specific applications for the hardware components. Without these drivers, the hardware components don’t work at a high performance by default. Every driver contains clear specifications and a specific code about the component of the hardware. A driver knows the exact information regarding the manufacturer, the physical resources allocated, and the ports the hardware uses. It knows when to allocate memory space in a dynamic way, according to the software that use the component of the hardware.
Drivers differ in size and usability according to the hardware component. For example, the driver of a video card is bigger and more detailed than the driver for a modem. The driver for the video card must detect the minimum and maximum resolution, the refresh rate, the number of pixels and their texture; it should also know if the hardware supports more than one monitor.
Toshiba Satellite U500 is designed to operate on a Windows® 7 environment. No laptop from Toshiba’s U series has drivers for Windows® XP. Windows® XP on Toshiba Satellite® U500 can work with a part from Windows®7. This is possible by installing the drivers manually, but only some of them can be installed and these drivers are for less important hardware components, like modems, displays, and card readers. The drivers for Windows® XP must be searched at other Toshiba laptop series. For example, drivers for Toshiba Satellite X200 might be compatible with your laptop, but take into account that problems can occur.
It is very difficult to install Windows® XP-specific drivers on this type of laptop. As already mentioned, most of the drivers are not compatible with the operating system the laptop comes with, i.e. Windows® XP. When you are looking to install Windows® XP-specific drivers on your laptop, you must have in mind these recommendations. Choose the drivers that are the closest to the component description. Even if you find many possible drivers for the specified component, don’t install all. This can damage the OS seriously. To avoid this, you must read the specialized forums and install the most recommended driver.