Serial devices being disabled when off at boot


someone has asked me about this... a serial device which is not powered on at boot time (such as a modem) is marked as disabled, even if you turn the device on.  There doesn't seem to be a way to enable the device.

Any thoughts/ideas?
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jdtanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Right-click on "My Computer" and choose Properties in the contextual menu that pops up (same as double-clicking the "System" control panel).

Click on the "Hardware" tab along the top.

Click on "Device Manager" button.

Click on your computer's name (should be the first in the hierarchical list, above Computer, Disk drives, Display adapters, etc.).

Go up to the Action menu and select "Scan for hardware changes."
Anyway this is never an answer to a question like that. To buy this answer is really annoying. Think of ways so that you do not have to rescan for hardware changes. If you should rescan for a modem every time u have to get into the Net what is the OS for? Judge your answer before u put it for sale.
That's retarded. The person needs an answer to a question. I'm not going to judge why the person wants to know. Sometimes I have a question about something, and I don't necessarily want someone all up in my business about why I need to know it.

People are not idiots, generally speaking. If this person is, in fact, scanning every time they login, then I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they are going to try to figure out how to avoid having to do so.

If anything is useless, it's a comment blasting someone for helping someone with a specifically-worded question that they have.
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