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How do I fix the "Plug & Play configuration error"?

Posted By : Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2004

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I get "Plug & play configuration error" when booting my Dell Dimension 8100, and it just hangs there. I went into the setup and disabled the Network Interface controller. Now I still get the error, but it will now go on to Load Windows. BUT the modem doens't work - isn't recognised. Probably from what I disabled. Any thoughts???

One friend recommended just resetting the IRQ settings, but said I'd have to search on how to, and I haven't found that yet either.


This question was answered on March 3, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

With Plug & Play you should not have to tamper with any IRQ's Plug & Play automatically configures hardware devices to reduce and eliminate conflicting reuqests for system resources, including IRQs, I/O addresses and DMA channels.

Now for Win98, even you BIOS must be PnP compliant because the BIOS does some of the work When you purchase the hardware device, in this case the modem, it should read somewhere on the box "Windows 9x Ready" or "Windows 9x Compliant".

Windows 2000 doess all its Plug & Play configuration automatically without the help of the BIOS.

You need to make sure your modem id compatible with the OS you are using

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2004

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