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Changing Settings After a Device Is Installed

If the resource values for a newly installed device are incorrect, or if you receive a Resource Conflict message, you need to stop the detection process and do the following:

  1. Open the Control Panel's System Properties sheet (click Start | Settings | Control Panel, and double-click the System icon).
  2. Click the Device Manager tab. If you see an exclamation point superimposed on the new device's icon, that device is experiencing a resource conflict with other hardware.
  3. Double-click the entry for the new card to display the properties sheet for the device.
  4. In the Resource Settings list box, select the resource whose value you need to change and click the Change Settings button
  5. Use the spinner controls to adjust the number in the Value box to match the number that's preset on the device hardware. If a conflict with an existing card occurs, the card with the conflicting resource is identified in the Conflict Information text box. When you find a value setting that displays the No Devices Are Conflicting message in the Conflict Information text box, stick with that setting.
  6. Make the corresponding change in the card, by using the jumpers or via software.
  7. After making all the changes necessary to eliminate resource conflicts, click OK to close the resource's edit dialog box. Then click OK to close the properties sheet for the specific device.
  8. Click OK to close the System properties sheet.
  9. You will be prompted to restart the system. Shut down and restart Windows 98 to put your new settings into effect.

When you make multiple configuration changes, it can take Windows two or more restarts to sort out the situation. If you run across problems with the installed device after finishing the process, don't give up too easily. Try rebooting the system — from a cold boot, just to be sure — one or two times.