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2. Basic System Board Setup > 18. Reeducate Plug and Play

Reeducate Plug and Play

The Microsoft Windows Plug and Play BIOS extension generally knows when a new device is installed, as you can see in Microsoft Windows when a “New hardware found” dialog appears, but it doesn’t know if you’ve changed the configuration of a device through its configuration/setup program or using Windows Device Manager.

It is possible, depending on the capabilities of the respective device drivers (usually for PCI network and SCSI cards), to reconfigure an I/O device through Device Manager. This reconfiguration is not dynamic: Windows won’t really know about it until Plug and Play BIOS tells it things have changed. That only happens at bootup, and sometimes only if the BIOS is told to look for the change. Merely changing a device’s internal configuration does not constitute a new or removed device in Plug and Play’s “mind,” and it never gets it without some help.


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