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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Removing Hardware Devices

Removing Hardware Devices

Installing hardware can be relatively easy: you insert the installation CD and follow the onscreen instructions. However, when you remove a hardware device, the software that ran the device is still on your computer. It's important to remove any software that is not longer needed for two reasons: it takes up space on your hard drive, and it could cause problems in the future with the installation of other hardware devices.

Remove Hardware Devices

Startup your computer.

Use the third-party software's original installer CD to remove the recently installed software.

IMPORTANT If you do not have the original CD, check the manufacturer's Web site. Most have an uninstall program that you can download for free.

If you are uncertain about which software was installed last, perform the following steps:

  • Open the Startup Items folder, located in the Systems folder, and temporarily remove one or more items.

  • Perform a restart and see if the problem goes away.

If the problem still exists, perform the additional steps:

  • Open the Extensions folder, located in the Systems/Library/ Extensions folder.

  • View files by Date Modified.

  • Temporarily move into a folder any relevant, recently modified, third-party .kext files, and then restart the computer.

  • Add back the moved .kext files one at a time and restart, until the problem reoccurs.

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