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Obtaining approved printer drivers

Printer drivers seem to be a chronic problem. Is there a central source for identifying or obtaining "approved" drivers?

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Printer drivers ARE a chronic problem because they function partially in the kernel-mode memory area of the operating system, meaning that if they crash they take down everything; they don't run in a protected memory area like user-mode applications. Unfortunately, since no one company writes or approves printer drivers there isn't any kind of centralized source for tested drivers. You'll need to test them on your own.

This was first published in July 2004

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