Do i really need these devices

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January 31, 2009 at 23:48:50
Specs: Windows2000, 512MB/600MHZ

"the communications port(com 1)"
"ECP Printer "

Those 2 are listed in device manager, do i really need them, ?

I don't have a printer install, so i guess its safe to disable the ECP printer, but what about the communications port(com 1)?

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February 1, 2009 at 07:28:42
Do you use a serial mouse or a dial-up modem?

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February 1, 2009 at 09:46:48
The printer port (also called parallel port or LPT) and the communications port COM1 (also called a serial port) are two peripheral connections on the back of your computer. If you don't have anything plugged into them, then they are not used. A communications port can also be a telephone modem so you have to check that COM1 isn't used by a modem. If you are not going to use these ports on your computer, you can usually disable them in the BIOS setup. What you do is first remove the device from Windows device manager and then restart the computer. As the computer re-boots you press the key to enter BIOS setup and look through the menus to find the settings for these ports where you will have the option to disable them. Save the new BIOS settings and then restart and boot into windows. You will no longer have either of these ports in your Device Manager.

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February 1, 2009 at 11:35:53
I use verizon, so no dial up.
Anyways, i will disable them, but i don't believe i have them in my bios. I am using a old gateway 2000 Pentium III, my bio menu doesn't have alot of stuff in it. But i will look. But if they are not there, i will just disable them in device manager.


Btw, i have question, i don't have a floppy drive in my computer, but it keeps showing up in device manager , i mean its disable and all, but i can't seem to get rid of it lol. In bios, its disable also.

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February 1, 2009 at 12:00:30
Somethings not right as far as your floppy problem. Typically Windows won't show a floppy drive unless it actually detects an actual physical drive, regardless if the floppy drive interface on the motherboard is enabled. All I can think of is to check on the "basic setup" (where the hard drives, date/time, etc. are setup) and make sure there's not a floppy listed. Even then, I don't think Windows should show it if it didn't detect the drive.

And I've had computer motherboards much older than what you describe which allow you to disable the serial and parallel ports. But, the older boards had physical jumpers or switches to do it, not software switches in BIOS.

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February 1, 2009 at 12:40:51

Alright i found the serial and com port in bios. I have disable them :)

As for the floppy drive, well its disable. However, it shows as " standard floppy drive ". The driver is install in my system32 driver folder, fdc.sys & flpydisk.sys.
Should i leave those alone and just keep it disable in my device manager?

Also one last question lol. Using windows 2000, my IRQ's are fix correctly, in standard pc mode, so everything is working perfectly.
Just one question tho, i am using a Visiontek 2400HD PCI card, and its shared with the " Standard PCI to PCI bridge ".
Thats the only confilct, but it doesn't seem to bother gaming performance. I was thinking maybe the pci bridge needs to be shared with the PCI card.
Whats your views on that.

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February 1, 2009 at 13:07:59
You could try moving the PCI video card to a different PCI slot.

With a Gateway your BIOS options are limited. You MAY have an option to reserve an IRQ for PCI graphics.

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February 1, 2009 at 13:39:59

No no, i already know how to separate my 2400HD PCI from the PCI bridge. I was wondering does the PCI card need to be shared with the Standard PCI to PCI bridge?

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February 1, 2009 at 14:04:30
There is not inherent reason ANY hardware needs to share any resources other than the fact there are not enough resources available to assign exclusive use.

If you don't notice any hiccups in your video don't worry about it.

The integrated hardware has defaults that are usually assigned. Easiest to move the add in devices.

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