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Re: disabling COMM ports
If you're pretty sure its your comm ports, boot up into your bios setup screen. (Tap Del while booting) Then go to the onboard devices page or any page that lists your com ports and change the property value to disabled.
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Seems like the ram is faulty, i havent herd of ram conflicting with usb before, as the ram memory uses hex-demimal addresses from the processor and usb is port which use irq requests. I think your best bet is invest in a new ram stick.
-to just boot up without any sound device, remove any soundcards from the PCI- slots, disable the onboard sound device in the BIOS! It looks like you are facing IRQ conflicts, your computer cannot handle all the hardware devices installed. to solve this, in BIOS set IRQ management so that the BIOS handles the PCI devices(set everything to auto), disable the plug'n'play-operation system option to prevent windows from doing the same thing again( it'll then just take the IRQ information provided by the BIOS) now enable the onboard sound device and make sure you have all the drivers for the onboard devices(sound, LAN-card etc.) fitting your operation system on CD or thumb-drive, boot up and install the drivers. Restart and by chance everthing isO.K. by now.
if not, please come back with more information on the sound device(onboard or not) and the winversion, so we perhaps can find you the appropriate driver(if you don't have it on the CD you purchased together with the mainboard..?)
hi, see if you have installed any new devices/hardware to see if its conflicting, often grafics cards conflict usb devices, also just check that in the setup(when you boot up)that the usb ports have not been disabled or usb keyboard support hasn't been enabled/disabled. good luck!!
Open device manager. (Settings, Control Panel, System) Expand system devices. Open PCI Bus, then IRQ steering. This should generally be enabled, but disable it if it isn't working for you.
When you restart the computer check the system bios (Usually "Press <del> to enter settings" to see whether you are allowing the operating system to control devices through Plug and Play. Either setting may work, but setting to Plug and Play Operating system is generally better with IRQ steering enabled. Try all combinations.
Although MS no longer supports Win98 you may find that Windows Updates still works. You should take whatever updates are available.
Reprogramming the BIOS That depends on your motherboard Model. It should correspond to your BIOS Model.
Download the Motherboard's BIOS file usually in a Zip file then the contents are .bin files. Then use the
BIOS manufacturer's EPROM Programming tool. Which usually comes with a user manual or guide on how to's.
Just follow its examples.
Hope this helps
If you are having trouble with Newly bought items save your self from headaches by returning them and
demand a replacement or a refund! You may have purchased a reconditioned\repaired\factory defect product.
there is no PCI lock on any retail boards. But there are IRQ sharings and conflicts. Set IRQ to auto, if not, then manualy and if so, then disable a few things, just to free up some IRQs. All depends on the board, best is to consult the manual for the IRQ sharing table and work with that.
(disable one SERIAL, IDE port or USB port if you need an extra IRQ)
Also check for onboard equivalent to the card you are adding, disable the onboard part...