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By vze28t7f ·
Due to a crash windows 98 se was reinstalled and all device were recognized and drivers were installed except a ghost device for which I am unable determine the driver. This does not effect the performance though. When the O/S was upgraded to XP theghost was eliminated. However, due to conflict of compatibility(known for XP)the system was restored to 98SE. Ther come the Ghost device.
Any one can help me how to determine which this ghost device refers to?

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by dmiles In reply to Unknown Device

When you boot computer a window should prompt you that it is will locate the driver for this device

Check for modem wave device,fax machine,or joy stick etc.

Click Start->Settings->COntrol Panel,double -click the System icon,in the Device Manager Pane locate any devices woth a yellow exclamation,this should show the device since it try to load drivers and was unable to find the correct drivers.

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by vze28t7f In reply to Unknown Device

That is exactly my question. Windows try to locate the driver but could not find it. When the screen is closed "Unknown Device" with yellow exclamation mark appears in the device manager screen. If XP can find a driver why not ME or win98se?

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by TheChas In reply to Unknown Device

In answer to your comment back to soulrider, XP has a more thourough and up to date driver database than 98 or Me.

Unknown devices are usually either part of the sound card, or modem.

One way to verify what device it is, is to check the view devices by connection box in device manager.

What you then need to do is install the manufactures driver for that device.

If you havn't already, I recommend that you install the drivers for your chipset / motherboard. These drivers help W98 find the unknown device, and can improve system performance dramatically.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Unknown Device

I have the problem solved. What I did is remove each add on cards in this case modem, sound card and video card and look for any changes. Presto, when i removed the video card and boot the system with regular pci card the unknown device disappeared.
What I learn from this that even though ME installed the driver from the web site of ATI (initially the ME did not inatall the driver. Then it automatically log on to the ATI site) and installed it. However, the driver was not the right one and hence the error. When I installed the right driver (down loaded from ATI site) the problem is gone.
Thanks for all those who expressed their expertise to sort out the problem.

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by EDSDave In reply to Unknown Device

If this is the ASUS PC3/2000 Motherboard it is a known problem with the motherboard and ASUS will not support it.

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by RSwats In reply to Unknown Device

Try to reinstall the motherboard chipset drivers and see what happens. Since XP is newer and has better device driver support, it's possible that XP is installing the motherboard resources that Windows 98 is missing. My bet is that reinstalling the VIA or ALI (or whatever is appropriate for your motherboard) chipset support will correct the problem.

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