General discussion

Locked

Open an IRQ

By Ammar ??? ·
I am thinking of networking my two computers together. When i consulted the company of the network card to see if it was compatible to my computer, they said that i should check if i had and irq open.
I did check and i am pretty sure that i do nothave one open.

Since i use dsl for my internet connection, i was wondering if i could get rid of the built in AT&T modem irq to get an open space.
I am not sure what other item other than the modem to remove.
My question is, it this a good idea?

I would also like to know how i would go through this procedure.

Thank You
-Ammar

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

8 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by McKayTech In reply to Open an IRQ

An IRQ is a hardware line so the safest way to free it up is to remove the hardware and driver entirely. I'm not sure what you mean when you say "built-in" but I assume you mean it's embedded in the motherboard. In that case, you'll need to disable it in the CMOS and then remove the driver through Device Manager. If it's just another card, unplug it, remove it and remove the driver.

If that won't work, here are the other IRQ assignments that might be available:
IRQ3 (usually COM2 or COM4)
IRQ4 (usually COM1 or COM3)
IRQ5 (usually used for sound card)
IRQ10 (usually available)
IRQ11 (usually available)
IRQ12 (available if mouse is not PS/2)
IRQ15 (available if no secondary IDE)

regards!

paul

Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by Ammar ??? In reply to Open an IRQ
Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by curlergirl In reply to Open an IRQ

If you are not using the modem, you can uninstall it and this will free up whatever IRQ that modem was using. Other IRQ's you might be able to free up are 3 and 4 which are assigned by default to serial ports. If you are not using your serial port(s) for anything else, you can free up these IRQs by disabling the COM ports in the BIOS if they are on the MB, or by uninstalling the serial port card if they are add-in boards. Hope this helps!

Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by Ammar ??? In reply to Open an IRQ
Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by ec364 In reply to Open an IRQ

Check your IRQ usage through "Device Manager" in System applet from Control Panel. You don't have to remove your modem. Chances are it's using either 3 or 4. Usually IRQ 10 and 11 are free and these are usually assigned to NIC by Windows during plugand play installation. So don't worry about it. Install a NIC.

But if you're thinking of networking your computer so that you can share your Internet connection and at the same time share files and printer, there's no easy way than getting a Linksys DSL/Router. It's a 4-port 10/100 Router/Hub with built-in Firewall. The hookup and setup is so easy. I'll tell you the hookup on next answer. I'm hitting the word limit.

(Look for EC364 for continuation below.)

Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by Ammar ??? In reply to Open an IRQ
Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by ec364 In reply to Open an IRQ

Continuation of Proposed Answer 3.

Here's the hookup:

Connect your DSL modem to the Linksys DSL/Router through the DSL modem port. Don't worry, it's properly labeled. Then connect your PCs to any of the available 4 ports. Follow the small booklet that came with the DSL/Router to setup it up. No software to install! And don't worry, everything is in picture of what you expect to see together with 1 or 2 sentences instructions. That's all and you're done in 5 minutes!

Enjoy!

Collapse -

Open an IRQ

by Ammar ??? In reply to Open an IRQ

So this DSL/router, is it the same thing as a regular network hub, i mean can you share files and print through one cumputer with it?

And does it come with the cables to hook up the computers to the hub, im thinking its a RJ-45 cable?

Thanks, your answer helped alot, i wasnt even thinking of getting a DSL/Router.

Back to Windows Forum
8 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  

Related Discussions

Related Forums