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How To Configure Devices By Using Device Manager in Windows XP
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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. These resources can include one or more of the following resources:
Occasionally, two devices require the same resources, and this may create a device conflict. If this occurs, you can manually change the resource settings to be sure that each setting is unique. However, some resources (such as interrupts on PCI devices) can be shared, depending on the drivers and computer.
WARNING: Changing resource settings improperly can disable your hardware and cause your computer to malfunction or become inoperable. You should only change resource settings if you are certain that the new settings do not conflict with other hardware, or if a hardware manufacturer has provided you with specific resource settings for a device. Use caution before you use the following procedure.
To configure devices: