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Plug and Play

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by traderjunky, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. traderjunky

    traderjunky Thread Starter

    Apr 26, 2004
    Does anyone have any thoughts about the below statement? It's from MS Windows XP Inside Out by Bott, Siechert and Stinson. I'm getting conflicting information. In XP Annoyances by David Karp, it says just the opposite---make sure the BIOS is set to Plug and Play.

    Any comments or insight would be greatly appreciated. When in doubt should I enable PNP or not?

    "After verifying that you're running the most recent BIOS version, use the BIOS setup program to select the "non-Plug and Play operating system" option. This advice may seem counterintuitive-after all, Windows XP is indeed a Plug and Play operating system. However, this setting was intended for use with earlier Windows versions, and if it's set incorrectly it can prevent the Windows XP boot loader from accessing devices at startup. "

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Chances are it will make no difference. XP overrides many BIOS settings, IRQ's, and memory resource assignments.

    I would tend to think that setting Plug and Play active would prevent conflicts between what resources were assigned if the BIOS' assignments differed from XP's preferences.

    If there is ever a booting problem such as he described, just enter BIOS setup and try it the other way :D.
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