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Windows NT : Hardware

Configuring a sound card

Unfortunately, Windows NT is not a plug-and-play operating system. It instead uses an auto-detect feature that does find some hardware but very seldom detects a sound card. To manually configure that sound card for your NT workstation, follow these steps: Go to My Computer | Control Panel | Multimedia...

Can't browse network after installing a new card?

After installing a new network card and the network drivers on a post-SP3 system, the following message may appear in the event viewer: "System error 1130 has occurred. Not enough server storage is available to process this command." This error occurs because the overwriting of some network files won't work...

Removing a NIC reference

Occasionally Windows NT won't let you remove a network card reference from the Network icon in Control Panel. If this happens, don't despair. There's a registry edit that will allow you to remove all references to the NIC. Here's how: Using Regedt32, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Delete the following subkeys: \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\<adapter>...

NICs and performance

Installing multiple network adapters is beneficial in an NT server environment because doing so allows the server to process network requests over multiple adapters simultaneously. If your organization's network uses multiple protocols, consider placing each protocol on a different adapter. It's equally important to make sure that each protocol is...

Revisiting the UPS

Although most UPS devices come with their own software, it doesn't hurt to go back and look at the UPS icon in the Control Panel to remember some of the configuration options that are built into Windows NT. Just to jog your memory, here are some of the things you...

Sharing SCSI devices

You can share a single SCSI device between two or more Windows NT computers. Simply boot each computer with the SCSI device attached. After the first computer boots, connect it to the next computer and boot it. Continue this process for as many computers as necessary. When you need the...

SCSI adapter installation

You may have attempted to install a new SCSI adapter under NT and found that the SCSI Adapters | Drivers | Add function didn't recognize your new SCSI adapter. This is not uncommon and is usually the result of a problem with the %SYSTEMROOT%\SCSI.INF file. The following steps might fix...

SCSI installation before Autodetect

You can manually install SCSI drivers before the Autodetect of installation. After you insert the first boot disk to install Windows NT, there's a brief moment when the screen displays the message, "Setup is inspecting your Hardware..." When you see this message, press [F6]. Once the NT kernel is loaded,...

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