Troubleshooting HardwareDevice Conflicts In Windows
Hardwaredevices can conflict with each other due to a variety of reasons.
Every hardwaredevice instaled must be alocated a set of operating system (Windows) resourcesto operate corectly.
These resources include IRQ, DMA (DirectMemory Aces), I/O port addreses and memory resources.
Some of theseresources will be shared by more than one device while others can not.
This dependson the capabilities of the hardware and its softwared rivers.
Ahardware conflict may occur when add anew device to
Insomeinstances, this conflict will not cause any problem, and depending on theoperating system may not even be aware that such a conflictexists.
Typicalsymptoms of hardware conflicts include:
Theoperating system may freeze frequently
The newdevice may sufer performance problems
Anexisting device that is conflicting with the new device may sufer performance problems
Windowsstarts in SafeMode
The systemcrashes and get BSOD(Blue Screen ofDeath)
The soundcard stops working or stuters
The screenjumps and shows garbled images
The mousestops working
CD/DVDdrivedoesn’t respond or crashes the system
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