HELP! Can I reset hardware properties in Device Manager af..

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Hi all,

Yesterday I transfered the modem from a Compaq PC to the motherboard of a
Packard Bell. I've had both these computers for a while now. The Compaq
one is the least powerful, but it has a good 56k dialup connection
(Supraexpress 56i) - whereas the PB has a useless 'generic' one. So I
decided to try and 'swap' modems... It seemed to slot in perfectly to the PB
but WinXP didn't recognize the modem. I uninstalled the old modem from
Device Manager and then tried 'installing a new modem' from the "Add
Hardware" applet in Control Panel. When I was doing this I noticed that it
was installing the modem to COM1 (It wouldn't give me any other choice) but
I know that the original modem was recognized as being COM3, (and I put the
Supraexpress in the exta same slot). So I started trying to manually change
this ... and I ended up making a real mess - adding various COMs to the
device manager etc. - in short, I am not sure what things looked like
beforehand...
Basically, I want things back the way they were! I have to retreat and just
put the old modem back, but will this be enough if I've messed up what was
in Device Manager? I need to get the Device Manager to revert to the
original proper configuration. Is System Restore worth my while? (Although
I imagine it only affects software...).

Thanks in advance,

Claudia

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´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    right click on the new compaq modem in device manager and uninstall it.
    You can use it just find the drivers for it. Try compaq for drivers or....
    You can also go to www.driverguide.com Also, if it was installing fine and
    you changed the com port then don't change it.... accept the settings that xp
    gives and see how that works!
    If it doesn't work.............
    System restore will take your computer back to before you installed the
    device.

    "Claudia Sheridan" wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > Yesterday I transfered the modem from a Compaq PC to the motherboard of a
    > Packard Bell. I've had both these computers for a while now. The Compaq
    > one is the least powerful, but it has a good 56k dialup connection
    > (Supraexpress 56i) - whereas the PB has a useless 'generic' one. So I
    > decided to try and 'swap' modems... It seemed to slot in perfectly to the PB
    > but WinXP didn't recognize the modem. I uninstalled the old modem from
    > Device Manager and then tried 'installing a new modem' from the "Add
    > Hardware" applet in Control Panel. When I was doing this I noticed that it
    > was installing the modem to COM1 (It wouldn't give me any other choice) but
    > I know that the original modem was recognized as being COM3, (and I put the
    > Supraexpress in the exta same slot). So I started trying to manually change
    > this ... and I ended up making a real mess - adding various COMs to the
    > device manager etc. - in short, I am not sure what things looked like
    > beforehand...
    > Basically, I want things back the way they were! I have to retreat and just
    > put the old modem back, but will this be enough if I've messed up what was
    > in Device Manager? I need to get the Device Manager to revert to the
    > original proper configuration. Is System Restore worth my while? (Although
    > I imagine it only affects software...).
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Claudia
    >
    > --
    > ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    I believe a System Restore is just what you want. Ideally, you'd have
    created a restore point before mucking about, but assuming you can find a
    suitable recent one it should put things back the way they were. I'd
    suggest you put all the devices back in their original places first.

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    ####################
    ## PH, London
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    "Claudia Sheridan" <claudiasheridan_dont_spam_me@yahoo.ie> wrote in message
    news:uZjYgTz7EHA.2032@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > Yesterday I transfered the modem from a Compaq PC to the motherboard of a
    > Packard Bell. I've had both these computers for a while now. The Compaq
    > one is the least powerful, but it has a good 56k dialup connection
    > (Supraexpress 56i) - whereas the PB has a useless 'generic' one. So I
    > decided to try and 'swap' modems... It seemed to slot in perfectly to the
    > PB
    > but WinXP didn't recognize the modem. I uninstalled the old modem from
    > Device Manager and then tried 'installing a new modem' from the "Add
    > Hardware" applet in Control Panel. When I was doing this I noticed that
    > it
    > was installing the modem to COM1 (It wouldn't give me any other choice)
    > but
    > I know that the original modem was recognized as being COM3, (and I put
    > the
    > Supraexpress in the exta same slot). So I started trying to manually
    > change
    > this ... and I ended up making a real mess - adding various COMs to the
    > device manager etc. - in short, I am not sure what things looked like
    > beforehand...
    > Basically, I want things back the way they were! I have to retreat and
    > just
    > put the old modem back, but will this be enough if I've messed up what was
    > in Device Manager? I need to get the Device Manager to revert to the
    > original proper configuration. Is System Restore worth my while?
    > (Although
    > I imagine it only affects software...).
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Claudia
    >
    > --
    > ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    So System Restore will reset my Device Manager settings too? This is
    excellent ...!

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    ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    "stonekeyboards" <stonekeyboards@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:FBA305BD-9967-438E-B234-2BCB0057C882@microsoft.com...
    > right click on the new compaq modem in device manager and uninstall it.
    > You can use it just find the drivers for it. Try compaq for drivers
    or....
    > You can also go to www.driverguide.com Also, if it was installing fine and
    > you changed the com port then don't change it.... accept the settings that
    xp
    > gives and see how that works!
    > If it doesn't work.............
    > System restore will take your computer back to before you installed the
    > device.
    >
    > "Claudia Sheridan" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi all,
    > >
    > > Yesterday I transfered the modem from a Compaq PC to the motherboard of
    a
    > > Packard Bell. I've had both these computers for a while now. The
    Compaq
    > > one is the least powerful, but it has a good 56k dialup connection
    > > (Supraexpress 56i) - whereas the PB has a useless 'generic' one. So I
    > > decided to try and 'swap' modems... It seemed to slot in perfectly to
    the PB
    > > but WinXP didn't recognize the modem. I uninstalled the old modem from
    > > Device Manager and then tried 'installing a new modem' from the "Add
    > > Hardware" applet in Control Panel. When I was doing this I noticed that
    it
    > > was installing the modem to COM1 (It wouldn't give me any other choice)
    but
    > > I know that the original modem was recognized as being COM3, (and I put
    the
    > > Supraexpress in the exta same slot). So I started trying to manually
    change
    > > this ... and I ended up making a real mess - adding various COMs to the
    > > device manager etc. - in short, I am not sure what things looked like
    > > beforehand...
    > > Basically, I want things back the way they were! I have to retreat and
    just
    > > put the old modem back, but will this be enough if I've messed up what
    was
    > > in Device Manager? I need to get the Device Manager to revert to the
    > > original proper configuration. Is System Restore worth my while?
    (Although
    > > I imagine it only affects software...).
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance,
    > >
    > > Claudia
    > >
    > > --
    > > ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    > >
    > >
    > >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    FOLLOW UP:

    I decided to try uninstalling the modem and the new false 'COM3' before
    resorting to system restore. I then opened the PC again and discovered the
    reason my modem wasn't being detected was because I hadn't snapped it in
    fully :-p
    I switched the PC back on, the modem was detected and installed in seconds,
    and everything seems to be fine. :-)

    --
    ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    "Claudia Sheridan" <claudiasheridan_dont_spam_me@yahoo.ie> wrote in message
    news:#YPyZT07EHA.3124@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > So System Restore will reset my Device Manager settings too? This is
    > excellent ...!
    >
    > --
    > ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    > "stonekeyboards" <stonekeyboards@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message
    > news:FBA305BD-9967-438E-B234-2BCB0057C882@microsoft.com...
    > > right click on the new compaq modem in device manager and uninstall it.
    > > You can use it just find the drivers for it. Try compaq for drivers
    > or....
    > > You can also go to www.driverguide.com Also, if it was installing fine
    and
    > > you changed the com port then don't change it.... accept the settings
    that
    > xp
    > > gives and see how that works!
    > > If it doesn't work.............
    > > System restore will take your computer back to before you installed the
    > > device.
    > >
    > > "Claudia Sheridan" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hi all,
    > > >
    > > > Yesterday I transfered the modem from a Compaq PC to the motherboard
    of
    > a
    > > > Packard Bell. I've had both these computers for a while now. The
    > Compaq
    > > > one is the least powerful, but it has a good 56k dialup connection
    > > > (Supraexpress 56i) - whereas the PB has a useless 'generic' one. So I
    > > > decided to try and 'swap' modems... It seemed to slot in perfectly to
    > the PB
    > > > but WinXP didn't recognize the modem. I uninstalled the old modem
    from
    > > > Device Manager and then tried 'installing a new modem' from the "Add
    > > > Hardware" applet in Control Panel. When I was doing this I noticed
    that
    > it
    > > > was installing the modem to COM1 (It wouldn't give me any other
    choice)
    > but
    > > > I know that the original modem was recognized as being COM3, (and I
    put
    > the
    > > > Supraexpress in the exta same slot). So I started trying to manually
    > change
    > > > this ... and I ended up making a real mess - adding various COMs to
    the
    > > > device manager etc. - in short, I am not sure what things looked like
    > > > beforehand...
    > > > Basically, I want things back the way they were! I have to retreat
    and
    > just
    > > > put the old modem back, but will this be enough if I've messed up what
    > was
    > > > in Device Manager? I need to get the Device Manager to revert to the
    > > > original proper configuration. Is System Restore worth my while?
    > (Although
    > > > I imagine it only affects software...).
    > > >
    > > > Thanks in advance,
    > > >
    > > > Claudia
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > ´~°^§§§ Posted by Claudia §§§^°~´
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    >
    >
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