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Unformatted text preview: f their PC components, much as auto enthusiasts tinker with engine
tunings to get a little extra horsepower out of their engines. Expansion
card manufacturers love enthusiasts, who often act as free testers for their
unpolished drivers, known as beta drivers. Beta drivers are fine for the most part, but
they can sometimes cause amazing system instability—never a good thing! If you use beta
drivers, make sure you know how to uninstall or roll back to previous drivers. Step 4: Verify
As a last step in the installation process, inspect the results of the installation and
verify that the device works properly. Immediately after installing, you should open
the Device Manager and verify that Windows sees the device (Figure 8-36). Assuming
that the Device Manager shows the device working properly, your next check is to put
the device to work by making it do whatever it is supposed to do. If you installed a
printer, print something; if you installed a scanner, scan something. If it works, you’re
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shows the device
working properly. Practical Application
Troubleshooting Expansion Cards
A properly installed expansion card rarely makes trouble; it’s the botched installations
that produce headaches. Chances are high that you’ll have to troubleshoot an expansion
card installation at some point, usually from an installation you botched personally.
The first sign of an improperly installed card usually shows up the moment you first
try to get that card to do whatever it’s supposed to do and it doesn’t do it. When this
happens, your primary troubleshooting process is a reinstallationafter checking in
with the Device Manager.
Other chapters in this book cover specific hardware troubleshooting: sound cards in
Chapter 20, “Multimedia,” for example, and video cards in Chapter 19, “Video.” Use
this section to help y...
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