Troubleshooting Hardware Device Conflicts In Windows

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.



 Device ConflictSymptoms

*    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

*    Modem/networkcard doesn’trespond

*    CD/DVDdrivedoesn’t respond or crashes the system

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