hardware profile

hardware profile

Settings that define a specific configuration of peripherals and drivers. Multiple profiles let users set up more than one hardware configuration, which is commonly done when a laptop also serves as a desktop computer. The desktop profile activates one set of peripherals, the laptop profile another.

A separate hardware profile is also used as a last resort when an application conflicts with one of the drivers that is routinely loaded. A special profile is created that boots the computer without the problem driver so the application can run. In order to run the rest of the programs, the machine must be rebooted with the regular profile.
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Along with the JSR-184 exporter for 3ds max software, Discreet will be providing a desktop viewer, based on Hybrid Graphics OpenGL ES that emulates the hardware profile of the mobile phone on a PC.
But if the hardware profile changes too drastically, Windows will think it has been installed on a second machine and will stop working until the user calls Microsoft for a new key.
As the enterprise expands into cloud architecture and scale-out systems, it is becoming increasingly important to have hardware profiles that match specific needs and designs.
To put it into perspective, the Strix Tactic Pro has 21 fully configurable macro keys and the ability to store macros into three hardware profiles or virtually unlimited software profiles.
It centrally manages POS device images, automatically matches images to hardware profiles, distributes images to local branch servers, and automatically installs the appropriate images on POS devices.