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Configuring and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers

If you're like most techs, hardware troubles can be some of the most frustrating aspects of your job. Of course, as a Windows 2000 guru, you'll need to know how to manage hardware. You should be familiar with the installation process of different hardware devices (think SCSI, USB, and network cards).

Communication through the OS and a device is channeled through a device driver. You need to know how to configure driver-signing options. Recall that driver signatures are a mechanism that allows the driver to verify to 2000 that it's from a trusted source. You should also invest time in learning how to update device drivers.

Finally, you should have a general knowledge of troubleshooting hardware through the OS. You can do this through System Tools.


Study Hint: know all three levels of driver signing and what the ramification of each setting does.

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