This used to be called the hardware compatibility

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Unformatted text preview: s documentation and check the device manufacturer’s Web site to verify that you have the correct drivers. While you’re checking, make sure you have the latest version of the driver; most devices get driver updates more often than the weather changes in Texas. For Windows systems, your best resource for this knowledge is the Windows Logo’d Products List. This used to be called the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), and you’ll ch08.indd 311 12/14/09 2:49:35 PM All-In-One / CompTIA Network+ All-in-One Exam Guide / Meyers & Jernigan / 170133-8 / Chapter 8 CompTIA A+Certification All-in-One Exam Guide 312 still hear lots of people refer to it as such. You can check out the Web site (http://winqual .microsoft.com/hcl/Default.aspx) to see if your product is listed, but most people just look on the box of the device in question (Figure 8-26)all Windows-certified devices proudly display that they work with Windows. Figure 8-26 Works with Windows! NOTE The Windows Vista Compatibility Center (www.microsoft.com/ windows/compatibility/) is also a great resource to check whether a particular software program works with Windows Vista. Microsoft keeps the Logo’d Product List available for all supported operating systems, so you’ll see Windows 7, Windows Vista, and most likely Windows XP (depending on when you’re reading this book). Windows 2000 is already gone. Step 2: Physical Installation To install an expansion card successfully, you need to take steps to avoid damaging the card, the motherboard, or both. This means knowing how to handle a card and avoiding electrostatic discharge (ESD) or any other electrical issue. You also need to place the card firmly and completely into an available expansion slot. Optimally, a card should always be in one of two places: in a computer or in an anti-static bag. When inserting or removing a card, be careful to hold the card only by its edges. Do not hold the card by the slot connectors or touch any components on the board (Figure 8-27). Use an anti-static wrist strap if possible, properly attached to the PC, as noted in Chapter 2, “Operational Procedures....
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