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How do I stop W98 from looking for new hardware when it starts?
I have some hardware in the computer but no drivers for it and every time I start the computer it hangs waiting for a driver, then again for the next one.
I have looked in the help and it seems that I can disable installed hardware but not hardware that has not been installed.
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if you go through the add new hardware wizard when it starts up instead of clicking cancel it shoulden't ask you to install it again.  Just keep clicking next as you go through the wizard, and it will say at the end that it found no drivers and click finish.

By the way, what is this you're having problems with, and do you want drivers for it?  Or do you want to disable it?
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listening... I would favour finding the drivers or remove the device from the machine altogether.
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I agree with getting the hardware working or removing it until it can be set up properly.
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Thanks Crash2100, that fixed it.

One was a sound card, the other a network card.

I installed a new HDD in a spare computer and couldn't immediately find the drivers for the sound and network cards so I didn't install them (the drivers).
I won't need to use it for much longer and don't need sound & network.
Instead of removing the cover and removing the cards it seemed easier to click on "don't look for new hardware" .... wherever it was.

Like a lot of short cuts it turns out that it would have been quicker to remove the cards!

Thanks all for your comments.




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