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About Printer Drivers

Printer drivers in Windows 2000 consist of three types of files:

  • Configuration (printer interface) file—This file is responsible for displaying the Properties and Preferences dialog boxes and their settings when you configure the printer. The file has a .DLL extension.

  • Graphics driver file—This file is the heart of the driver because it effectively translates device driver interface (DDI) commands from the printing application and operating system into commands that the target printer can understand and print from. Each driver translates a different printer language. For example, the file Pscript5.dll translates the PostScript printer language. All graphics driver files have the .DLL extension.

  • Data file—This file stores information about the capabilities of particular printers, such as whether they can print double-sided, which paper sizes are acceptable, whether color and grayscale capabilities are offered, and so on. This file can have a .DLL, .PCD, .GPD, or .PPD extension.


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