Loads the device driver you specify into memory. You can use this command only in your CONFIG.SYS file.
For information about loading device drivers into the
upper memory area, see the
The standard installable device drivers provided with the operating system are:
The files COUNTRY.SYS and KEYBOARD.SYS are not device drivers. They are data files for the COUNTRY and KEYB commands, respectively. Do not try to load either of these files with the DEVICE command. If you do, your system halts, and you cannot restart the operating system. For information about loading COUNTRY.SYS, see the COUNTRY command. For information about loading KEYBOARD.SYS, see the KEYB command.
When you purchase a mouse, a scanner, or a similar product, the manufacturer usually includes device-driver software. To install a device driver, specify its location and name on a DEVICE command line.
If you install both DISPLAY.SYS and a third-party console driver, such as VT52.SYS, the third-party device driver must be installed first. Otherwise, the third-party device driver may disable DISPLAY.SYS.
Sometimes one installable device driver will require that it be loaded before or after another in your CONFIG.SYS file. EMM386.EXE requires HIMEM.SYS to be loaded first. If the device driver requires that another device driver be loaded before it, make sure the commands are listed in the correct order in your CONFIG.SYS file.
If you plan to use an ANSI escape sequence to control the screen and keyboard, you should add the following command to your CONFIG.SYS file (assuming the operating system files are in the DOS directory on drive C):