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On a computer with an IDE controller but no IDE devices connected, the IDE controller may be listed in Device Manager as being disabled or having a resource conflict. This may occur on a computer with no IDE devices installed, 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 no IDE devices connected to the controller, the BIOS may disable the controller. The controller may also be manually disabled in the BIOS. When the controller is disabled, any resources it normally uses are released to the system.
When a recognized device has no resources allocated to it, Windows 98 marks the device as disabled. This does not affect any other resources in the system.