Plug and Play and legacy devices


I am installing Windows 98 in ACER PIII machine with 64 MB RAM. All the Windows files are installed but when it comes to 'Detect Plug & Play Devices", the system get hanged. Even on resart the situation is same. I have also changed the RAM and Slots, but it doesn't work. Even processer is being tested on other machine, its working fine.

Please help me to install the OS. I have tried using other Installable CDs but the result is same. Even ME is having same problem.


This question was answered on February 26, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A true plug and play system will automatically detect, initialize and load the necessary drivers for all the hardware installed on your system and it will also detect and compensate for any changes made to the system while it is on For this to work, the devices and expansion cards should be dynamically configured, that means the devices must haave the capability to be configured by the system instead of the configuration having to be set by way of jumpers and switches But in a good plug and play systemm you should also make allowances for legacy devices Legggggacy devices are non-plug and play devices which ahich cannot be dynamically configured.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 26, 2003