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The Device Manager

Inspecting Hardware Properties with Device Manager

The Windows 98 Device Manager is ground zero for managing resources and controlling devices. You can access this useful facility from the Windows 98 Control Panel by clicking Start, Settings, Control Panel, and then selecting the Systems icon. From the System Properties dialog box, choose the Device Manager tab. (Or, you can simply right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, choose Properties from the context menu that appears, and click the Device Manager tab to access its interface.)

When you get to the Device Manager, you will see a scrolling list box. To see the resources for any hardware device, follow these steps:

  1. Click the plus symbol next to the category of hardware you want to examine.
  2. Select the specific device from the expanded tree-and-branch listing and click Properties. The properties dialog box for that device appears.
  3. Depending on the device, you will be able to change system resources, update driver software, and alter settings from this dialog box. Make any necessary changes.
  4. To put your changes into effect, click the OK button in the properties dialog box.