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Chapter 8. Setting up Hardware > Installing Plug and Play Devices

Installing Plug and Play Devices

Almost all hardware made since 1995 is Plug and Play (PnP), which means you can install a PnP device (plug it in) and use it (play with it) immediately—no configuration needed. To work properly, Plug and Play requires:

  • A Plug and Play-compliant operating system, which XP is.

  • A device that identifies itself to Windows and lets Windows configure it and install its drivers. Look for the “Designed for Windows” logo when you buy.

  • The PC’s system startup chip on the motherboard (called the BIOS) must be Plug and Play-compatible. Any computer with enough horsepower to run XP has a PnP BIOS.


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