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Chapter 11. Device Advice: Dealing with ... > Drivers for Other Devices

Drivers for Other Devices

Windows 98's device driver list is truly impressive. It includes protected-mode drivers for just about any class of hardware you can think of. The next few sections discuss Windows 98's driver support for specific device classes and show you the basic steps for updating or installing new drivers in each class.

Communications Device Drivers

The monolithic communications driver from Windows 3.xCOMM.DRV—has been replaced by a new driver in Windows 98: VCOMM. (Actually, Windows replaced COMM.DRV with an entirely new communications architecture, of which VCOMM is a major part.) The VCOMM driver, which loads as part of VMM32.VXD, gives applications a protected-mode interface for accessing communications ports and modems, as detailed here:


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