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Tutorials | Device Manager Basics

Publish date: 15:55 Wednesday, 5th October 2005
Written by: Pi rules
Audience intended for: Windows Users
Categories: Computer Hardware, Computer Basics

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What is the Device Manager?Device Manager Basics

The device manager is a tool that lets you view their hardware devices.

What is it used for?Device Manager Basics

The device manager has many different uses including: hardware troubleshooting, updating drivers, viewing hardware properties, finding device names and other information regarding your hardware.

How can I open the Device Manager?Device Manager Basics

  1. Go to your desktop, right click My Computer, and left click Properties.

    How to access Device Manager
    • Then for Windows XP and 2000 Users, left click the Hardware tab and then left click the Device Manager button.

      Windows XP Device Manager
    • Then for Windows 9.x & ME users, left click the Device Manager tab.

      Windows 98 Device Manager

Device Manager ErrorsDevice Manager Basics

Device manager is used to help the user locate hardware problems. These are identified by an exclamation mark, a blue "i", a red X, or an "Other" device.

  1. Exclamation Mark - When a device has a yellow explanation mark this is an indication that the device is not configured correctly.
  2. Blue "i" - this indicates that a plug and play device cannot be configured without your intervention.
  3. Red X - This is an indication that the device has been disabled by the user, removed or that Windows is unable to locate the device. It could also suggest that there are no resource conflicts, but that it isn't working.
  4. Other Devices - Windows was unable to locate the drivers for the device and cannot determine the type of device being installed.

How can I see my hardware (default view)?Device Manager Basics

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Open the View Menu, and select Devices by Type.

    Different Device Manager Views
  3. Expand whatever list you want.

How can I see the different IRQs?Device Manager Basics

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Open the View Menu, and select Resources by Connection.

    Device Manager Views continued
  3. Expand the IRQ list.

    Device Manager listing IRQs

How can I see the memory addresses?Device Manager Basics

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Open the View Menu, and select Resources by Connection.

    Device Manager Views continued
  3. Expand the Memory list.

 

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