Solved

How to disable an IRQ in Windows 98

Posted on 2006-06-15
12
201 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hello,
How do I disable one of the IRQ settings in Windows 98?  I need to free up IRQ 06 and use it for something else. Can you help. Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:lazzydog
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
12 Comments
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
callrs earned 40 total points
ID: 16915911
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System > Device Manager

- Double Click "Computer"
- That shows you all the IRQs in use.
- Think now which one you want to disable. Ok once you decide, then hit CANCEL
- Now find the device you wanted to disable, in the list under Computer. Select the device & click Properties.
- Now you can do one of two things: Click "Disable in this hardware profile", or you can click Resources to change the IRQ setting.

But BEWARE what you disable. E.g. Disabling the keyboard means you wont be able to type until you re-enable the keyboard.


0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:FriarTuk
ID: 16918508
you can also try reserving it in the bios or set it to legacy for older isa devices

winkey+break = sys prop's - dev mgr tab - select computer & clk prop's - reserve resources tab - select irq & click add, select irq #


0
 
LVL 38

Assisted Solution

by:BillDL
BillDL earned 40 total points
ID: 16918583
Could you please explain a bit more about exactly what you need to do.
Is IRQ6 currently being used by anything?

Provide us a couple of listings as follows:

1. Start Menu > "Run" option > and type MSINFO32 > click "OK"
2. In the Left pane, find "Hardware Resources"
3. For each of the sub-sections "IRQs" and "Forced hardware", click on it and then use the "Edit" menu as follows:
           Edit > Select All > Edit Copy
4. Paste the listing here under the respective section headings

You should be aware that IRQ6 is usually assigned to the "Standard Floppy Disk Controller".  If you have, and want to keep a floppy disk, then I don't recommend changing this.  You should also be aware that certain types of devices can share an IRQ as long as they use different resources.  For instance there can often be a fight between standard internal dialup modem cards and sound cards that like to snatch a specific IRQ for themselves.  As long as you are able to set them to use different resources, then they usually work OK.

You may also be able to reassign IRQ's from the CMOS Setup Screen (BIOS).  Tell us what options show (if any) WITHOUT changing anything YET, and we can offer advice.
0
Transaction Monitoring Vs. Real User Monitoring

Synthetic Transaction Monitoring Vs. Real User Monitoring: When To Use Each Approach? In this article, we will discuss two major monitoring approaches: Synthetic Transaction and Real User Monitoring.

 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:For-Soft
For-Soft earned 40 total points
ID: 16934783
The best way to free a IRQ 6 interrupt line is to switch off the floppy drive controller in the computer BIOS. Windows should remove the floppy drive device by itself in such a case.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:FriarTuk
ID: 17054890
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:FriarTuk
ID: 17254742
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:callrs
ID: 17411457
"How to disable an IRQ" is not rocket science...

Recommend: split equally.
Good suggestions here for a PAQ
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:BillDL
ID: 17444659
Thank you LeeTutor, DarthMod, and also callrs for suggesting the split.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:FriarTuk
ID: 17448601
:(
0

Featured Post

Connect further...control easier

With the ATEN CE624, you can now enjoy a high-quality visual experience powered by HDBaseT technology and the convenience of a single Cat6 cable to transmit uncompressed video with zero latency and multi-streaming for dual-view applications where remote access is required.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article summaries thoughts and ideas from two years of sustained use. It provides good reasoning to make the jump to Windows 10.
Windows 10 Creator Update has just been released and I have it working very well on my laptop. Read below for issues, fixes and ideas.
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…
In this video, viewers are given an introduction to using the Windows 10 Snipping Tool, how to quickly locate it when it's needed and also how make it always available with a single click of a mouse button, by pinning it to the Desktop Task Bar. Int…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question