Special Driver Architectures

Building upon the intermediate driver strategy described in the last section, Microsoft supplies driver architectures for several types or classes of devices.

  • Video drivers

  • Printer drivers

  • Multimedia drivers

  • Network drivers

These architectures conform to the spirit, if not to the letter, of the classifications of the last section. Each architecture is described in more detail in the following sections.

Video Drivers

Video drivers in Windows 2000 present special requirements to the I/O subsystem. Because the graphical interface is constantly exposed to users, the apparent overall speed of the system is judged (often incorrectly) by the performance of this component. Competition among video adaptor hardware vendors has ...

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