Multiple Devices--Why??

If I get a protection error or another error in WIN98 the machine may hang. On bootup I see 3, 4, 5 or more copies of the same device in device manager under floppy disk, cdrom, etc.. For example 3 copies of the Floppy disk, 4 copies of the cdrom, two copies of a sound card, 3 copies of a video card, etc. The only way to get rid of them is to reboot in safe mode, go into device manager and delete one at a time. It doen't always work.

Any explaination would be greatly appreiated.

What is going on and how do I prevent it.
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  1. I used to work with Compaq and the reason we had them was the image used to restore the computer restored different models ( some with two floppies some with CD-RW some without ).
    They include the device drivers anyways incase you did have them.

    Other reasons I have seen is when the computer crash it will sometimes redetects hardware as a new device.

    What computer is it? is it a brand like compaq or HP?

    jObE
  2. It is an inteva (cheap IBM).
  3. Its mostly likely because of the restore disk...ask IBM's tech support....you'll confuse the yell out do them :-)

    try this out
    Go into regedit to
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum]
    Remove the
    ESDI
    flop
    ISAPNP
    MF
    and SCSI then reboot
    this will flush out all the drivers and re-detect the proper devices.

    If you do have other hardware though you should have there driver disk ready.


    jObE
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