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Special Edition Using MS-DOS® 6.22, Third Edition by Jim Cooper

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Chapter 12. Using Peripherals

Understanding Device Drivers

Unlike some operating systems, such as Windows 9x/ME, NT/2000, or OS/2, DOS does not include much built-in support for peripheral devices. Instead, most devices require the addition of device drivers to your DOS configuration in order to access the devices in question.

Virtually every DOS-based computer system needs to work with device drivers at some point, unless it's using an extremely simple hardware configuration. Spending some time familiarizing yourself with this important topic can help you save time when you need to add or manage various device drivers in your system.

DOS contains only ...

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