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Windows XP Device Manager

When having a problem with any hardware component (= device) on a Windows XP system,
it is a good start to check in the Device Manager to verify, whether the device (like a network
adapter ) is working properly :

In the Control-Panel, select the
System icon:


(or right-click "My Computer" on the desktop
and select Properties)

Select the tab: "Hardware" and then
use the button "
Device Manager"
In the Device-Manager, expand the
specific section, like Network Adapters :

right-click on your network adapter and
select to display the "Properties"

Tab : General

Make sure, that the "Device status" is:
"This device is working properly".

if not, use the button "troubleshooting"
tab: Advanced

Some devices, like this network adapter, allow to configure additional items
(in this example : the connector to be used
in case of Combo adapters.
tab : Driver

In case that Windows has problems using
the driver
(either provided with the Windows XP
CD-ROM or from a floppy disk or CD-ROM
delivered with the hardware component)
,
you can download from the manufacturer
of the component a new driver, which you
can use then to "Update".

In case that the new driver is not working
properly, you can use the feature
"Roll Back Driver" to uninstall the new
driver and use again the previously
installed version of the driver.


Tab: Resources

For PCI network cards, it is not
possible to change the resources
(
I/O-range and IRQ ), but for
ISA Plug & Play card you can assign
different settings
(if you need to resolve
a resource issue, but that should not be required,
this should only be done by real experts )

By default, Windows XP will not display all installed drivers. To display the complete list,
select from the View-menu to "Show Hidden Devices" :

Example: Network Adapters
Device Manager will now display also the "internal" devices used for:
- Direct Cable connections : Direct Parallel
- VPN connections : WAN Miniport (PPTP)
- DSL/ADSL/Cable connections : WAN Miniport (PPPOE)


Since Windows XP and the PC-BIOS are managing the resource assignment (and since
Windows XP
does not support anymore non-PnP-ISA adapters ), there is no actual need
anymore to verify the assigned resources, which can be display from the View-menu with
"Resources by type" :

The list will show for the IRQ's the
list of the build-in ISA-devices
(part of the PC motherboard) and
the resources assigned to PCI devices.

Note:
While ISA devices can NOT share
an IRQ, PCI devices can share an
IRQ (which need to be supported by
the device driver delivered by the
manufacturer of the component ).

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