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How to clean up IDE "child" devices in W

By chrisengland2 ·
I am familiar with cleaning up Windows 9X Device Manager in "Safe Mode" for duplicate device listings, and for devices listed that are no longer in the system. I have never been able to figure out how to get rid of the extra Primary and Secondary IDE "child" devices however. Please tell me how!

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by riyaz In reply to How to clean up IDE "chil ...

I have found some system hangs when I try to remove HD controller and disk drives. I use to remove duplicate entries in safe mode, but Devices I use in normal mode. First Try removing the Hard Disks Then try to remove controller. If you have extra device controller, try to remove after disabling it.
If you are trying to remove the primary and secondary device, I don't no how to remove them individually.

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by chrisengland2 In reply to How to clean up IDE "chil ...

Yes, I am asking about how to remove the "primary" and "secondary" devices. Thanks for trying to help, Chris.

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by Berserker In reply to How to clean up IDE "chil ...

Try to reinstall your your windows if this things annoys you. The best thing is to start reinstalling your windows if your system is unstable.
Disable the extra PRIMARY & Secondary device in your Device Manager and reboot, go into safe mode delete the whole IDE devices and restart back the computer, let Windows 95 autodetect and it will install the proper driver again.

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If you load the incorrect bus mastering driver to your system, the key problem is that it will pernamently add itself to your MACHINE.INF file so that every time it detects the IDE it will insist on using this driver. It doesn't give you the opputunity to supply a different driver. You could spend hours stuffing arounf with your registy and other setting (BEEN THERE) and utlitmatley the system will still be shaky. Reload the Operating system and stick the standard drivers that WIN98/95 installs, these drivers are easy to work with and don't make pernament changes. Becuase you have a damged driver or the worng driver installed it is nearly impossible to remove the child devices. You could attempt to reload Windows over the top of the existing operating system but I doubt this will work effectively.

SIMPLY RELOAD you system and don't load any drivers to your IDE that you DON"T HAVE TO HAVE.

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by mmccaskill69 In reply to How to clean up IDE "chil ...

You are able remove the extra child devices by way of the registry.
Click start\run and type regedit, then click ok.
Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\enum\mf.
Click the plus next to the child folders and this will show a folder called PCI & VEN for each child folder.
Clicking on this folder will bring up its' contents in the right window.
The other place where the child devices show up is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\current control set\services\class\hdc.
When you click on the plus for hdc a folder will show for each controller and child devices.
You can tell what each device is by clicking on the folder to bring the contents up on the right window and looking to the right of 'DriverDesc'. This goes for looking in the PCI & VEN keys (folders).
You can delete the extra child devices without any harm to the system.
Good luck!

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by jlessick In reply to How to clean up IDE "chil ...

The easiest way is to uninstall the drivers. If it isn't listed in Control Panel Add/Remove, try installing it again except choose the Uninstall button instead of the install button.

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