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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Troubleshooting Hardware Headaches

As you've seen, Windows 98's support for hardware of all stripes is vastly improved over what was found in Windows 3.x. From Plug and Play to the universal driver/mini-driver architecture, hardware has never been so easy for non-Macintosh users. Still, that doesn't mean hardware is foolproof; far from it. Things still can, and will, go wrong, so you need to perform some kind of troubleshooting. (Assuming, that is, that you're not just dealing with a part that has kicked the electronic bucket.) Fortunately, Windows 98 also has some handy tools to help you both identify and rectify hardware ills.

Troubleshooting with the Performance Tab

If your system feels sluggish, it might be because Windows 98 is being dragged ...

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