On a computer with an IDE controller but no IDE devices connected, the IDEcontroller may be listed in Device Manager as being disabled or having aresource conflict. This may occur on a computer with no IDE devicesinstalled, such as a SCSI-only computer or a network-boot computer.
The status of an IDE controller is dependant on the BIOS. If there are noIDE devices connected to the controller, the BIOS may disable thecontroller. The controller may also be manually disabled in the BIOS.When the controller is disabled, any resources it normally uses arereleased to the system.
When a recognized device has no resources allocated to it, Windows 98marks the device as disabled. This does not affect any other resources inthe system.