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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Viewing Hardware Settings

Viewing Hardware Settings

Most hardware devices have settings that control how the device operates. For example, all ink-jet printers have settings that control the type of paper used, how the inks are applied to the paper and, if your printer has more than a single paper tray, which tray is used for the current printing process. Panther uses the System Preferences panel to display all of the available hardware settings for the major components of the operating system. In addition, when you install specific hardware devices such as a third-party mouse or video-control board, you'll see an icon for controlling the device in the System Preferences.

View Hardware Settings

Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.

The Hardware section holds the icons to Panther's standard hardware devices.

Click on an icon to view or modify the hardware settings of the selected device.

When you're finished viewing or modifying the settings, select the following options:

  • About. Provides information on the manufacturer of the device; including the hardware version and Web site (if any).

  • Help. Gives you access to the Help dialog for the selected device.

  • Revert. Puts the settings back to their previous selections.

  • Apply Now. Applies the changes to the settings.

  • Close. Closes the pop-up.


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