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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Installing Hardware Devices

Installing Hardware Devices

Years ago, hardware installation required all kinds of techniques and special skills. A hardware device such as a printer, could take hours to set up. There were all kinds of cabling problems, and even after it was installed, there were numerous settings to complete before you could use the device. Today, many devices are plug-and-play. You can now go out to your local computer store, pick up a FireWire hard drive, plug it in to your computer, and immediately begin using it. The same is true for many other devices, such as card readers and digital cameras. Even if the device requires the installation of a driver (printers and scanners usually do), a double-click on the install application and answering a few simple questions is typically all that's needed.

Install Hardware Devices

Insert the install CD into your computer (assuming the device is not plug-and-play) or navigate to the installer on your computer or network.

Launch the installation application.

TROUBLE? Some installations require the device be plugged into your computer. Make sure the device is plugged in, and if necessary, powered on.

Follow the instructions for installing the device (some devices may require a reboot of the system).

When the installation is finished, follow the on-screen instructions to end the process.


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