PCI Simple Communications Controller

By joe11701 ·
Every time i boot and login to my WinXP sp2 box i am presented with the "Found new hardware" Wizard. it says it's found a "PCI Simple Communications Controller".

I click cancel, it pops up again, etc... for a total of 8 instances of the device.
Openning device manager, i find 8 of these under the "Other devices" heading.

I delete them with no adverse effect on the PC but they come back when i reboot. THoucht the was a virus, but Symantec 2007 can't find anything wrong.

What is this and how can i fix it.


thanks for any help !

Joe Ambrose

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Instead of 'Cancel' - have you tried clicking on 'OK' ?.....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to PCI Simple Communications ...

Whatever this 'new hardware' is that the system is finding, if you continue to click on cancel - it will continue to come back until the process is allowed to complete - THAT is the nature of Windows.

Do you, by any chance, have a USB device plugged in at the time of boot-up?

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as the two other suggestions suggest....

by CG IT In reply to Instead of 'Cancel' - hav ...

run the found new hardware wizard until the end. Windows will tell you it can't find the proper driver and will give you the option to disable the device. you can then just disable it and the device will show as disabled in device manager.

you won't have the found new hardware wizard anymore.

If you continue to cancel or uninstall, you will always get "found new hardware". As Old Mycroft said, that's the nature of Windows. It will want to install drivers and if you don't let it try, it will always want to.

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What to do

by bcpgm In reply to PCI Simple Communications ...

A PCI Simple Communication Controller typically refers to a modem.

It could be an onboard modem that was enabled in BIOS. You could disable the onboard modem, uninstall the actual PCI modem card, or install the right driver.

If you do not have the driver CD, at least you try to download and install the driver.
From the device manager, right click on the PCI simple communication controller, choose properties, click on Details tab, highlight ?PCI\VEN?.?, and copy it by using Ctrl+C keys. Open and paste the copied thing by using Ctrl+V keys. Delete everything from ?&SUBSYS? to the last and search. This will give you what model the communication controller is and then you can download the driver.

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Web site...

by scott_heath In reply to What to do

bcpgm beat me to it, but this is the absolute best way to determine what a device is. Here is an example of a Device Instance I


The Vendor Code is 8086 and the Device code is 29B4. Windows Vista calls this a PCI Simple Communications controller!

Lets head over to and see what the heck this think is!

8086 is the Vendor code for Intel. Go figure

29B4 is past of the Q35 Chipset and more specifically the Intel(R) Management Engine Interface (HECI). So now I know I need the Intel HECI driver for this device.

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by joe11701 In reply to PCI Simple Communications ...

I will walk through the suggestions and let you know what happens!

Happy Holidays!!

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Finding driver for pci simple communications controller

by j-drysdale In reply to thanks!!!!

Hi, I have a solution, thanks to the previous emailer. If you go in device manager, click on the pci simple communications controller, go in property and then go in details. You will see a code like per example VEN_8086&DEV_27D8&SUBSYS...

The VEN code means vendor and the DEV code means device: in my case the vendor is 8086 and the device is 27D8.

Once you have the two codes, go to Enter the two codes and you should get the name of your hardware. From there you can search for a driver download for your hardware.

In my case the pci simple communications controller was a Microsoft UAA Bus HD audio. I also had another pci
device that didn't work properly, using the same method I found out that my pci device was an HSF PCI internal modem with code number CX11252-11. I had a hard time downloading one of the drivers, after 6 or 7 times the download started so be patient if you have the same hardware.

NOTE: to access the device manager, go in control panel, then performance and maintenance, system, hardware and finally device manager.

Good luck.

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Does the PC have an internal modem which was disabled before?

by ManiacMan In reply to PCI Simple Communications ...

What you see is common if a device that was previously disabled in the BIOS gets enabled. The simple communications controller sounds like an internal modem to me. You're probably missing the driver for it, which is why XP is poping up with the plug and play detection and will annoy you until you supply it with a driver or disable the device altogether.

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This is an internittant problem

by joe11701 In reply to Does the PC have an inter ...

There is no on-board modem to disable in the BIOS.

And the problem comes and goes... i just now booted the machine and the problem did not occur. it may happen tomorrow....

Strange, isn't it?? ( after all this IS Windwos we're talkin' about here! )

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