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General Hardware Configuration in Windows 2000

The addition of Plug and Play capabilities to Windows 2000 greatly simplifies the setup and configuration process, but there still a few tricks of the trade worth knowing. We've collected a few general articles on hardware configuration. For detailed articles, please check out our Hardware Guides
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Get Up and Running Fast
Installation/upgrade article from CNET's "Supercharge Windows NT" series.

How to Add Support for Multiple Processors in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 234558:Windows 2000 provides support for single or multiple Central Processing Units (CPU). However, if you originally installed Windows 2000 on a computer with a single CPU, the HAL on your computer must be updated for it to be able to recognize it. 

How to Add LPT Ports in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262032 - By default, there are three LPT ports available in Windows 2000. These ports are LPT1, LPT2, and LPT3. This article describes how to add additional ports (up to LPT9). After you add additional LPT ports, they appear as available printer ports.

HOW TO: Change the IP Address of a Network Adapter in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308199 - This article describes how to change the Internet Protocol (IP) address that is assigned to a network adapter. An IP address may be assigned automatically if your network has a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, or you can specify an IP address. 

HOW TO: Configure Your Computer for Infrared Communication
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302011 - This step-by-step guide describes how to set up your computer for infrared communication. 

How to Create Hardware Profiles on Windows 2000-Based Mobile Computers 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 225810 - Hardware profiles can be used to start your computer in environments with and without local area network (LAN) connectivity. This article describes how to use hardware profiles to configure a Windows 2000-based computer for LAN and mobile networks.

How to Force Windows 2000 to Use Standard VGA Compatible Driver
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 268852 - When you install Windows 2000 on a computer that is using an unsupported video adapter, Windows 2000 Setup installs a standard VGA mode driver. However, after you install Windows 2000, you may be able to obtain and install a Windows 2000-compatible driver for your video adapter from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This article describes how to uninstall OEM video drivers and force Windows 2000 to use the Microsoft Standard VGA drivers that are included with Windows 2000.

How to Install Microsoft Loopback Adapter in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 236869. The Microsoft Loopback adapter is a tool for testing in a virtual network environment where access to a network is not feasible. Also, the Loopback adapter is essential if there are conflicts with a network adapter or a network adapter driver.

HOW TO: Install and Configure the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-Compatible Transport Protocol on a Windows 2000-Based Server 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316019 - This step-by-step article describes how to install and configure the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-compatible transport protocol on a Windows 2000-based server. After you finish this task, the Windows 2000-based server can use the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS-compatible transport protocol to communicate with Windows-based and NetWare-based computers that also use IPX/SPX. 

HOW TO: Install or Remove Modems in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301948 - This step-by-step article describes how to install or remove modems on Windows 2000.

How to Manage Devices in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199276 - Windows 2000 does not include a Devices tool in Control Panel as in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to start and stop devices. Instead, you can view and manage all hardware and software device drivers using the Computer Management console, or you can administer hardware devices and their drivers using the Device Manager console. 

How to Prevent Automatic Installation of Hardware in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article  Q241367 Describes how to require users to have administrator privileges in Windows 2000 to add new hardware.

How to View Non-Plug and Play Legacy Drivers in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 246250 Describes how to view non-Plug and Play legacy device drivers in Windows 2000.(updated 12/29/99)

Installing Windows NT on a Large IDE Hard Disk 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 197667 During the installation of Windows NT to an 8 gigabyte (GB) or larger IDE hard drive, the computer may stop responding (hang) during the format portion of setup.

Installing Windows NT/Windows 2000 Using a Dvorak Keyboard
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228316 - When you attempt to use a Dvorak keyboard to configure Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 during the Text-mode Setup process, you may not be able to create, change, or delete a partition using the required keys. 

Specifying 3rd-Party SCSI, CD-ROM, or Special Disk Controller Driver During Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216406:Specifying a third-party controller driver during Setup should be necessary only if Windows 2000 does not contain a driver for your SCSI adapter, CD-ROM drive, or special disk controller, or if Setup does not detect your hardware correctly. 

Windows 2000 Setup Automatically Selects Network Adapter
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227428 - When you initially install Windows 2000, the automatic selection of the network adapter cannot be changed, regardless of any installation options you select. 


Multi Monitor 

How to Adjust Multiple Monitor Layout in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244800 - You can install and configure multiple video adapters in Windows 2000. If you do so, you can expand your desktop to more than one monitor. You can then use the Display tool in Control Panel to adjust the layout of your monitors.

HOWTO: How to Enumerate Monitors in Win 98 and Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 197671 - Starting with Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 2000, multiple monitors could be attached to a computer and connected to the desktop. This article contains sample code showing how to enumerate those devices attached to the desktop. 

How to Set Up and Troubleshoot Multiple Monitors in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 23886 - You can configure your desktop to be displayed on multiple monitors in Windows 2000. Support for multiple monitors requires two or more video cards and monitors. (updated 2/14/2000)

Enable Pointer Shadow Option May Not Work with Multimon
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227669 - When you configure your computer to use the Enable pointer shadow option, the option may not be applied. If you view the mouse properties, the Enable pointer shadow check box is cleared, even if you previously selected it. The check box is also cleared even if the video card is running in a mode where the shadow option is expected to function correctly. This problem occurs when you run Multimon. If you configure one of your monitors for 256 colors, the Enable pointer shadow option is disabled, regardless of the monitor on which the pointer is currently located. (updated 962000)

Upgrading from Windows 98 Does Not Retain Multiple Monitors
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 197259 - After you upgrade to Windows 2000 from a Microsoft Windows 98-based computer using multiple monitors, only one monitor may work. (updated 962000)

Using Windows 2000 Multi-Monitor Functionality
Windows 2000 (Win2K) has a cool new feature that lets you attach multiple monitors to one Win2K system. The idea is to give you more desktop space than you get with just one monitor. Source:  Windows NT Magazine (Nov 1999)

A Window Is Positioned Outside of the Viewable Area After Moving the Position of a Monitor in a Multi-Monitor Environment 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 281986 - After you reposition a monitor in a multiple-monitor configuration, some window positions may be remembered, and opened outside of the viewable area


 

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