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Troubleshooting Hardware Issues

Most all unstable behavior in Windows XP comes from Hardware incompatibilities or corrupt drivers. Below you will find many articles published by Microsoft to aid in troubleshooting hardware issues.

A Partial List of Driver Error Codes That the Driver Verifier Tool Uses to Report Problems 
This article describes the Driver Verifier tool, which is designed to test kernel-mode drivers and generate a bug check error code if testing reveals a problem. The article lists some of the error codes that Driver Verifier uses. 

Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager 
This article provides steps that you can use to troubleshoot hardware configuration problems by using Device Manager. You can use Device Manager to examine and change software-configurable devices. Note that if your hardware device uses jumper pins or dip switches, you must configure the device manually 

HOW TO: Manage Devices in Windows XP 
This article describes how to use Device Manager to manage devices in Microsoft Windows XP. 

How to Troubleshoot CD-ROM Drive Problems in Windows XP 
This article describes how to troubleshoot problems with your CD-ROM drive in Windows XP. 

How to Troubleshoot Network Printing Problems in Windows XP 
This article describes some general troubleshooting steps for network printing issues that you may encounter in Windows XP. The article then describes symptoms and a resolution of some common network printing issues that can occur in Windows XP.

How to Use Driver Verifier to Troubleshoot Device Drivers in Windows 2000 and Windows XP 
Driver Verifier is included in Windows 2000 and Windows XP to promote stability and reliability, and you can use this tool to troubleshoot driver issues. In Windows 2000 or Windows XP, kernel-mode components can cause system corruption or system failures as a result of an improperly written driver, such as an earlier version of a Windows Driver Model (WDM) driver. This article describes how to use Driver Verifier to isolate and troubleshoot a driver in the system. 

How Windows XP Determines ACPI Compatibility 
This article describes the process used by Windows to enable and install Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) functionality.

How Processor Speed Is Reported to a Computer 
This article describes how the processor speed is reported in Windows XP. 

How to Determine Which Video Driver Is Loading in Windows XP 
This article describes procedures that you can follow to troubleshoot difficulties with video drivers when you start your computer in Windows XP. Specifically, the article describes how to find out which video drivers are loading. 

Resources for Troubleshooting Sound Problems in Windows XP 
This article is intended to assist you in using the Sound Troubleshooter that is included in Windows XP Help and Support Center. The Sound Troubleshooter includes step-by-step instructions for troubleshooting the following sound problems in Windows XP.

Resources for Troubleshooting Modem Problems in Windows XP 
This article is intended to assist you in using the Modem Troubleshooter that is included in Windows XP Help and Support Center, and to provide a list of online support services that may help you solve your problem

How to Troubleshoot Hardware and Software Driver Problems in Windows XP 
After you install a new hardware device or new software, your computer may start to restart spontaneously, or you may receive error messages on a blue screen. 

Resources for Troubleshooting Games and Multimedia in Windows XP 
This article is intended to assist you in using the Games and Multimedia Troubleshooter that is included in Windows XP Help and Support Center, and to provide a list of online support services that may help you solve your problem.

Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager 
This article provides steps that you can use to troubleshoot hardware configuration problems by using Device Manager. You can use Device Manager to examine and change software-configurable devices. Note that if your hardware device uses jumper pins or dip switches, you must configure the device manually. 

HOW TO: Troubleshoot the Video Adapter Driver in Safe Mode 
This article shows shows you methods of troubleshooting Safe-Mode video problems. In Safe mode, the computer does not start the video adapter driver that is used during normal operations, so you need to use Device Manager to discover, update, roll back, or uninstall the video driver instead of accessing the Display properties. 

Troubleshooting Cable Modems
This article describes how to troubleshoot problems with cable modems in Microsoft Windows XP.

Troubleshooting General Printing Problems in Windows XP 
This article describes how to troubleshoot difficulties that you may encounter when you try to print to a local printer in Windows XP. 

HOW TO: Resources for Troubleshooting Sound Problems in Windows XP
This article is intended to assist you in using the Sound Troubleshooter that is included in Windows XP Help and Support Center. The Sound Troubleshooter includes step-by-step instructions for troubleshooting the following sound problems in Windows XP

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