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How to disable IRQ sharing for 16-Bit PC cards that do not support ISA-to-PCI routed interrupts

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The R2 PC Card does not start, and you see the following error message in Device Manager:
This device is either not present, not working properly, or does not have all the drivers installed. (Code 10)
Try upgrading the device drivers for this device.
This behavior occurs because some R2 PC Cards do not support interrupt request (IRQ) resource sharing. In Windows XP or in Windows Vista, 16-bit PC Card (PCMCIA) PCI readers can use R2 PC Cards (the 16-bit ISA type) without requiring an ISA runner paddle to obtain ISA interrupts.
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To resolve this behavior, disable the ISA-to-PCI routing feature to allow these PC Cards to function in laptop computers:
  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Locate and click to select the following key in the registry:
  3. On the Edit menu, click New, click DWORD Value, type DisableIsaToPciRouting in the NewValue box, and then press ENTER.
  4. Click to select DisableIsaToPciRouting, click Edit, and then click Modify.
  5. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  6. Quit Registry Editor.
This procedure disables PCI routing for 16-bit PC Cards. With this feature, you can successfully install 16-bit PC Cards on computers that are low on ISA interrupts by using a shared-PCI interrupt.

Note: If you disable this feature, the device could potentially display an error code 12 (not enough free resources) in Device Manager if there is not a suitable free interrupt for the card to use. You may have to disable an unused device or port to make an IRQ available for the card.

Article ID: 279256 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 17:07:48 - Revision: 3.0

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