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This article explains how to modify the Boot.ini file to disable the detection of devices on COM ports.
When you start Windows NT, NTDETECT searches for the pointing device (usually a mouse). In the course of this process, data is sent to the serial (COM) ports. If a serial mouse is detected, Windows NT disables the port so a device driver for the mouse can load instead. If a device is not detected, Windows NT disables the port. A disabled COM port does not display any information in Control Panel Ports.
To disable the detection of devices on COM ports in Windows NT:
/NoSerialMice - Disables the detection of serial mice on all COM ports. /NoSerialMice:COMx - Disables the detection of serial mice on COM x, where x is the number of the port. /NoSerialMice:COMx,y,z - Disables the detection of serial mice on COM x, y and z.
NOTE: The /NoSerialMice option is not case sensitive.
Article ID: 131976 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 2.1