I see with my ears

You have just installed a new adapter card into a desktop computer and started Windows 7. What is the easiest way to confirm that the operating system has properly identified the new hardware?

A) Enable a hardware diagnostic

B) Launch the Device Manager

C) Search the Event Log for references to the new hardware

D) There is no practical way to associate the operating system with the hardware

E) If you listen close enough, you can HEAR it working

The answer: B) Launch the Device Manager

Although there may be details hidden in a log, the Device Manager will easily display all of the hardware that the OS can see, even if a device driver has not been loaded.

Want to know more? Watch “Troubleshooting Adapter Cards.”

The modularity of adapter cards has provided us with an infinite number of expansion options for our PCs. In this video, you’ll learn the basics of adapter card installation and the fundamentals of device driver installation.