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Chapter 2. Configuring Hardware > Turn off or remove conflicting or unneeded de...

2.3. Turn off or remove conflicting or unneeded devices

Windows 2000 makes configuring hardware much easier than it is in Windows NT. Its support for plug-and-play means that in many cases you can simply install a device, then boot Windows 2000 and let it detect and install support for the device. In the case of legacy devices or a system containing several devices, there is the possibility of a resource conflict. For example, a device might share the same interrupt or base I/O address as another device.

While you might be able to change the resource allocation for a device and clear up a conflict, in some cases you can't. For example, there might not be any available IRQs for reassignment, or the conflicting devices may not support the available IRQs. In such situations, you can turn off the conflicting device and enable it only when you need it, or remove the device altogether.


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