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Chapter 12. Using Peripherals > Troubleshooting Device Drivers

Troubleshooting Device Drivers

Generally, you might have problems with a device driver when you install it for the first time, although occasional difficulties can emerge over time if it is incompatible with, say, a new program or an additional device.

If you are having trouble getting a device driver to work initially, you should first suspect a conflict in the device's IRQ, DMA, or I/O memory setting. Depending on the device itself, different conflicts might manifest in different ways. For example, skipping sound coming from a sound card often indicates an IRQ conflict.


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