Category: Monitor and Video Card
Manufacturer: Silicon Graphics International
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 1.7 MB
Operating System: Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows ME
Latest Version / Release Date: 22.214.171.12490 / 02/20/2003
The 1600SW FlatPanel is considered as one of the pioneers in Flat Panel display technology having been in the computer market since 1998. Being a relatively new technology then, its software driver played a vital role in its incorporation into the current functionalities of the operating system as well as the capabilities of the graphics cards at the time. The device driver for the 1600SW FlatPanel allowed graphics cards and software applications to make use of the full 1600 by 1024 pixels resolution supported by the hardware. This means a better looking graphics and presumably easier to read text. The software driver also provided the computer user with the functionality of limiting the options for configurations to values which are exactly supported by the hardware. It provided the necessary installation information to extract the correct components into the host machine.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
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The device driver of the 1600SW FlatPanel was also used to support a specialized range of graphics card models for particular operating system functionalities. Installation of this software driver provided noticeable increase in the quality of two dimensional displays as well as the limitation of the frame buffer size which are both controlled by the graphics card installed in the host computer system. Using a generic monitor driver would provide the graphics card with a range of values which may not accurately reflect the capability of the display hardware. The correct monitor driver will provide the graphics driver with the exact figures that will allow it to correctly configure the display to attain the maximum operational functionality of the 1600SW FlatPanel. This software driver also dictates via the Windows Registry the maximum size of video RAM that can be mapped. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 1600SW FlatPanel errors before installing any driver updates.