Computers are becoming easier to use and own than ever before.
They have become easier to own because prices for the component parts of computers have gone down significantly over the years.
Where a single stick of 4 Megabytes of RAM might have cost a pretty penny back in the 90s, 2 sticks of 8 Gigabytes each now cost a mere fraction of that.
It also helps that these parts have also become way faster/powerful and a lot more reliable than they used to be mere decades ago. Hard drives, for example, have become capable of not only holding more data, but spin at higher speeds for faster access and become a little more shock resistant. And we’re talking about regular Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). With a Solid State Drive (SSD) you can get the fastest possible access with a guarantee of never skipping or breaking if for some reason the drive gets a bump or two.
Of course, all of these advancements and innovations would not mean much if people couldn’t interact with them. And on that front, there have been quite a few advancements as well.
Gone are the days of operating a PC through a command line, like MS-DOS or PC-DOS. During those days you needed to have at least a bit of understanding in how to interact with a PC, which commands to type in so that it understood what you wanted to do. Interacting with a PC required its own “language” of sorts, and so the barrier for entry was a little bit higher.
This all changed with the development of more user friendly operating systems such as Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s OSX and different Linux distributions. Since their introduction, moving a file from one folder to another does not require you to write a code that the PC can interpret; just click the file, drag it to your desired location and that’s that.
It can be said that an OS has 3 main functions:
- Manage a computer’s resources. This includes, among other things, the Central Processing Unit (CPU), Memory, Disk Drives, Printers, etc.
- Establish a user interface. As previously discussed, it provides a bridge between user and computer.
- Execute and provide services for software. As it says, it interacts with software in order to allot it any of the necessary resources for it to run.
Let us concentrate on Apple’s OSX for the rest of this article. More specifically, let’s take a moment in order to check out how to update video drivers on your mac machine.
And to be perfectly honest, this article could’ve been quite short:
- All graphics drivers in a Mac machine come with the Operating System and are, intrinsically, a part of it. The only way for the average Mac user to update the drivers on the computer is to wait for an OS update. If none is forthcoming or it is not possible, then you’re out of luck.
A user can check the version of the graphics driver if they wish, though. Simply:
- Click on the apple menu in the upper left corner
- Select “About this Mac”
- Click on “more info”
- Look for “Graphics/Displays”. And that’s it. Useful if you’re ever troubleshooting, but not much else, really.
At this point you might be wondering why the article said it “could’ve been quite short”, if we’ve already covered the fact that all Macs come with a set of drivers that cannot be updated by the user unless there is a software update.
Well, as is often the case, there’s an exception to this rule: the Mac Pro.
As a computer designed to be as high-end as possible, the Mac Pro can come with user-upgradeable graphics cards.
Let’s take a look at how to upgrade one with an nVidia card:
- Go to NVIDIA’s website and select Quadro as the Product Type. Under the Product dropdown select one of the specific Mac ones, doesn’t really matter which. Under the Operating System dropdown select which version of OS X you are using. Under Recommended/Beta select All.
- Click on the most recent driver that appears below the search field. You’ll be taken to the download page. Note that only a few specific Mac Pros are officially supported. At the bottom of the Release Highlights tab you’ll see a list of the Macs supported in beta. If your Mac is not listed there, there will be no point in you performing this update. This is important: don’t try to install the drivers for another Mac if you don’t find them in this list.
- Simply download and install the update. You will be prompted to restart when it is done. Do so and you should have updated drivers on your mac.
On a final note, why not give Safebytes’ DriverAssist a try? With this handy lightweight program, you get all the benefits of always having your drivers completely up to date, without the hassle of actually having to do it yourself!
Here are some of DriverAssist’s features:
- Automatic Driver Installation. You have no need to do anything else with Driver Assist other than install it onto your PC; the sophisticated software does all the work for you.
- Massive driver database always ensures you can identify hardware, even when Windows can’t!
- Smart Driver ID. The Driver Assist software is based on sophisticated technology that automatically detects all of the appropriate PC drivers in a matter of seconds. It will then match them with the latest available version, and update every driver required by your system with a compatible version on a regular basis.
- Full driver back-up and restore. Driver Assist helps you backup all of your data and restore your machine to the time when it was previously working if you encounter any problems.
- Enhanced USB management. Driver Assist also helps you manage USB devices. There is no need to worry about safely removing hardware with Driver Assist, as it makes the ejecting process and safely removing hardware from your PC extremely straightforward.
- 24/7 customer support. Safebytes is on call 24/7 to assist you with any problems that you might encounter.