Back HP Customer Care
What are the Information Files Required for a Monitor Driver?
Information files for a monitor driver
The word driver for monitors is misleading. It is better to speak of information files . A monitor driver consists of 2 or 3 of the following files:
  • .inf file - is specific to one monitor and can be used with all operating systems. It identifies the monitor type and supplier information. It also contains information about the monitor maximum resolution.
  • .icm file - controls color matching between the monitor and other devices, such as printers and scanners.
  • .cat file (optional) - is generated by Microsoft and indicates that the .inf has been submitted, tested and approved by Microsoft for one or several operating systems.
    NOTE:
    An .inf file can be used without the .cat file.
Supported operating systems
The same .inf file for a specific monitor can be used with all operating systems.
NOTE:
No monitor drivers are available for the Windows NT systems because non-plug and play operating systems do not manage the monitor directly. Instead, it is done through the installed video card.