There it is. No it isn’t.

You’ve just installed a new adapter card that increases the number of USB ports on your desktop computer. You’ve started your Windows XP desktop, the card was recognized, and the drivers were automatically installed by Windows. However, the new USB ports do not appear to be working. Which of these Windows utility would be the best for viewing the real-time status of the new adapter card ports?

A) Event Viewer

B) Add/Remove Programs

C) Computer Management

D) Device Manager

E) Connect a diesel engine RPM gauge directly to the motherboard

The answer: D) Device Manager

The Windows Device Manager can provide you with immediate feedback on the health and availability of Windows hardware and software components. If something isn’t working, the Device Manager should be your first check.

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.