Installing expansion cards installing an expansion

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Unformatted text preview: r ROM. This process is called memory addressing. You can see memory addresses assigned to expansion cards by clicking on Memory in the Device Manager when viewing resources by type. The key fact for techs is that, just like I/O addresses, IRQs, and DMA channels, memory addressing is fully automatic and no longer an issue. Installing Expansion Cards Installing an expansion card successfully—another one of those bread-and-butter tasks for the PC tech—requires at least four steps. First, you need to know that the card works with your system and your operating system. Second, you have to insert the card in an expansion slot properly and without damaging that card or the motherboard. Third, you need to provide drivers for the operating system—that’s proper drivers for the specific OS. Fourth, you should always verify that the card functions properly before you walk away from the PC. NOTE Some manufacturers insist on a different order for device installation than the traditional one listed here. The most common variation requires you to install the drivers and support software for an expansion card before you insert the card. Failure to follow the manufacturer’s directions with such a card can lead to hours of frustration while you uninstall the card and reinstall the drivers, sometimes manually removing some drivers and software from the system. The bottom line? Read the instructions that come with a particular card! I’ll provide more specific examples of problem devices in later chapters. Step 1: Knowledge Learn about the device you plan to install—preferably before you purchase it! Does the device work with your system and operating system? Does it have drivers for your operating system? If you use Windows, the answer to these questions is almost always “yes.” If you use an old operating system such as Windows 98 or a less common operating system such as Linux, these questions become critical. A lot of older, pre-XP hardware simply won’t work with Windows XP or Vista at all. Check the device...
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2010 for the course COMPTIA 1201 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '10 term at Galveston College.

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