Each time, when I load a new operating system
or connect something new to my system, I always check in the
the tab: Device-Manager:
It should look like this: no special marks in yellow or red, and
when looking at the "Properties" of a device:
it should state as "Device Status": This device is
But the world is not perfect, Windows is not perfect and new
equipment connected to the system is not always working properly,
so you may see:
These yellow Exclamation marks require our attention, so let look
properties (using as example the real
problem on my system with the IDE/ESDI Hard disk controller):
As shows as "Device status:"something does not work.
( I have not been able to find in
Windows a list of these Codes, but I found one at Microsoft, see:
Manager Codes ).
Lets follow the advise and use the "Hardware
I have in this example a "hardware conflict":
||Lets start up the Troubleshooter.
The Troubleshooter asks you to open the Device-Manager
in "View Devices by type".
The Troubleshooter is now asking several questions, which you
to answer according to your problem.
I continue with my example: the device is listed only once.
Follow the instructions:
In my case: all possible settings for the IRQ had a conflict.
At this time, I made the final decision:
This IDE/ESDI Harddisk-controller is part of my old
I am NOT using it, because I have already 2 IDE-controllers on
the motherboard, so I decided to deactivate/disable this device:
unchecking the "Device usage"
tells Windows to ignore this device
and NOT to use it.
Once this selection is stored , you are asked to reboot.
Look again in the Device Manager:
the "red cross" indicates a device switch off.