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Managing and Configuring Hardware Devices

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Establishing multiple hardware profiles in Windows XP
Admins can use hardware profiles in Windows XP to enable or disable hardware devices. Brien Posey explains how to create and configure hardware profiles in a Windows environment. (April 2008)

Explanation of Error Codes Generated by Device Manager 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310123 - This article lists error codes that may be reported by Device Manager, and provides possible resolutions. To view error codes, follow these steps:

How to Manage Devices in Windows 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199276 - Windows 2000 and Windows XP do 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 Manage Devices in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 283658 - This article describes how to use Device Manager to manage devices in Microsoft Windows XP. 

PC Design Checklist for Windows XP
Dreaming of a new computer to make the most of Windows XP? This article offers advice from Microsoft Driver and Hardware Development on building a PC optimized for Windows XP.  Source:

Windows XP: What©s New in Device and Hardware Support
This paper highlights some of the major advances in Windows support for common device classes©such as scanners, cameras, audio devices, high©density storage devices, media (DVDs and CDs) and displays©and explains the power management improvements in Windows XP beneficial to both desktop and laptop users. Source:

Universal Plug and Play in Windows XP


HOW TO: Configure Devices By Using Device Manager in Windows XP  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307970 - This step-by-step article describes how you can configure devices by using Device Manager in Windows XP. When you install a Plug and Play device, Windows automatically configures the device so it will work properly with the other devices that are installed on your computer. As part of that configuration process, Windows assigns a unique set of system resources to the device you are installing.

How to Create Hardware Profiles on Windows-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-based computer for LAN and mobile environments.

How to Determine the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) That Is Used in Windows XP Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 298898 - This article describes how to determine the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that is loaded on a Windows XP-based computer. 

HOW TO: Determine the Firmware Version of an Itanium-Based Workstation Computer 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 294780 - During the Power On Self Test (POST), the PAL version is displayed. Match the PAL version with the information below to determine the firmware revisions that you can download from the Intel Web site.

How to Enable SCSIPORT Debug Logging 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 296225 - This article describes how you can enable debug logging for the SCSIPORT and SCSI miniport driver on Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT. 

HOW TO: Flash Firmware On Itanium-Based System 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 282946 - This article describes how to flash the firmware on Itanium-based systems.

HOW TO: Print a Device Manager Report in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308579 - To preserve information about the settings on your computer, you can print a report in Device Manager. This article describes how to print a report in Device Manager.

HOW TO: Set Up Hardware Profiles for Laptop Computers with Windows XP  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308577 - A hardware profile is a set of instructions that tells Windows which devices to start when you start your computer, or which settings to use for each device. When you first install Windows XP, a hardware profile named Profile 1 (for laptop computers, the profile is named Docked Profile or Undocked Profile) is created. By default, every device that is installed on your computer when you install Windows is enabled in the Profile 1 hardware profile. This article describes how to set up hardware profiles for laptop computers that run Windows XP

How to Troubleshoot CD-ROM Drive Problems in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314096 - This article describes how to troubleshoot problems with your CD-ROM drive in Windows XP. 

How to Use the Roll Back Driver Feature 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 283657 - This article describes the Roll Back Driver feature that is a new feature in Microsoft Windows XP. 

How to Use Driver Verifier to Troubleshoot Device Drivers in Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244617 - Driver Verifier is included in Windows 2000 and Windows XP to promote stability and reliability, and you can use this tool to troubleshoot driver issues. In Windows 2000 or Windows XP, kernel-mode components can cause system corruption or system failures as a result of an improperly written driver, such as an earlier version of a Windows Driver Model (WDM) driver. This article describes how to use Driver Verifier to isolate and troubleshoot a driver in the system. 

HOW TO: Verify Unsigned Device Drivers in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308514 - This step-by-step article describes how you can use the Windows XP Signature Verification tool (Sigverif.exe) to find unsigned drivers and verify device drivers in Windows XP. This information can be helpful for troubleshooting system instability, error messages, boot problems, and so on. 

Managing USB 2.0 Devices
David Chernicoff discovers an answer to a problem that readers are having with Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) upgrade and USB 2.0 port identification--Device Manager gives them weird information about their USB 2.0 ports. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine

The Add Hardware Wizard Detects Turned-Off COM Ports in Windows XP  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 323511 - If you turn off (disable) a COM port in Device Manager and then run the automatic detection feature for the first time by using the Add Hardware Wizard, the COM port that you turned off is detected as new hardware. This problem occurs if your computer uses Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI).

Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310126 - This article provides steps that you can use to troubleshoot hardware configuration problems by using Device Manager. You can use Device Manager to examine and change software-configurable devices. Note that if your hardware device uses jumper pins or dip switches, you must configure the device manually. 

Windows XP and Surprise Removal of Hardware
Did the cat pull the plug on your portable Zip drive? In Windows 95 and Windows 98, surprise removal of hardware could result in system instability or even hardware damage. Learn about the new ways Windows XP can help hardware developers overcome such problems.


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