Drivers Conflicts

Although driver conflicts are less common now-a-days due to the PnP (Plug and Play) hardware capabilities of modern technology, device drivers conflicts can still occur. Conflicts occur when two devices require the same resources such as, requiring the same I/O (input/output) address.

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You can also use Device Manager to determine resource usage of the entire system or of a specific device.Conflicts between PnP devices can be solved by updating the software driver if an update is available, reinstalling the device or temporarily disabling one of the devices. If a conflict involves a non-PnP device and you would like to stop a device then follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. On the View menu, choose Show hidden devices
  3. Double-click Non-Plug and Play Drivers, right-click the device you want to stop, and choose Properties
  4. On the Driver tab, click the Stop button as shown below
  5. Click OK

The procedure to restart a device is identical to the above steps, except you click the Start button and if the Start button on the Driver tab is unavailable, then you can conclude that the driver is already loaded. For Advanced troubleshooting techniques go here.