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Handle Multiple/Replaceable Device in One PC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013460D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclose is a utility for selecting information for devices that are attached to the PC. Using this utility many application like on-line manual, device driver installation utility, and so on can show information about devices that are inserted to the PC and hide the information about devices that are not installed. User does not need to care about which devices is in his/her PC and can use and get information about the PC in the unified environment even if the devices attached to the PC are changed.

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Handle Multiple/Replaceable Device in One PC

Disclose is a utility for selecting information for devices that are attached
to the PC. Using this utility many application like on-line manual, device
driver installation utility, and so on can show information about devices that
are inserted to the PC and hide the information about devices that are not
installed. User does not need to care about which devices is in his/her PC and
can use and get information about the PC in the unified environment even if
the devices attached to the PC are changed.

From the usability point of view, to know which devices are in the PC is very
important. As for PCs until now, each devices has it own utility, help files,
e.t.c. and it copies these files when the device driver is installed. But the
devices in the PC did not replaceable so there's no problem from user side.
But today PC supports replaceable devices such as Mini-PCI card. And there
appears some difficulty for users to know the correct information about the
driver in his/her PC. That are:

Information for the replaceable devices can't be put on the on-line manual.
If information for all the supported devices are put on to the manual, user
may be confused which information is the correct one for his/her own PC
environment.

If some utility or help file is provided by the current way, many utility
or help file will be registered into the computer every time when replace a
device, and user will be confused which utility/help file is applicable for
his/her current environment.

Many utility or help files has its own way of usage. There's poor unity of
usage. So user have to understand how to use each utility and so on. It
makes difficult for users to use these utility or hep files.

Device driver installation CD-ROM currently shows all the supported
devices. This means user have to select one of the applicable device driver
for his/her own environment. But this is very complicated for user to do
that because user have to know correctly which devices are in his/her own
PC.

Anyway, in the current way, user have to strongly aware of the environment of
his/her own PC. Users have to understand which devices are in his/her PC and
have to remember which files (utility, help files...) are for a device. And
user have to remember how to use...