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Chapter 17. Getting the Most Out of Devi... > Installing Plug and Play Devices

Installing Plug and Play Devices

There was a time when the Holy Grail of device configuration was a setup in which you need only to insert or plug in a peripheral and turn it on (if necessary), and your system configured the device automatically. In other words, the system not only recognized that a new device was attached to the machine, but it also gleaned the device’s default resource configuration and, if required, resolved any conflicts that might have arisen with existing devices. And, of course, it could be able to perform all this magic without your ever having to flip a DIP switch, fiddle with a jumper, or fuss with various IRQ, I/O port, and DMA combinations.

Plug and Play was an attempt by members of the PC community to reach this Zen-like hardware state. Did they succeed? Since its initial support in Windows 95, it has taken time to get right, but yes, Plug and Play works like a charm. But only if your Windows Vista system meets the following criteria:


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