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The Nature of Resource Conflicts
Resource conflicts can manifest themselves in several different ways. Some conflicts can be very easy to recognize; others can be extremely difficult to find and correct, because they manifest themselves indirectly, or through symptoms that may not seem to have anything to do with the device causing the problem. Here are some of the ways that resource conflicts manifest themselves. Some of these may be consistent and repeatable, while others may be intermittent:
As you can see, some of these obviously point to a resource problem, but many do not. For example, system crashes can be caused by many non-resource-related factors. If your mouse works until you try to use your modem, well, you can probably figure out what the problem is, or at least where to start looking. In general, if you just added a new peripheral to your PC and a resource conflict is indicated, the new device is almost certainly involved somehow.
Tip: If the list of example
problems above seems similar to a list
of computer viruses symptoms, that's probably because it is. It is not uncommon for a
PC that appears to have a resource conflict problem to really be suffering from a virus.
Make sure you always check for viruses as the first step in debugging any PC problem.