Installing non-Plug-and-Play ("non-PnP") cards

...or, “How to use the ACCES AIOWDM driver with non-PnP devices??”

...including ISA, PC/104, and all related, pre-PCI, busses

Installing non-PnP cards in Windows isn't easy; Microsoft figures the vast majority of customers will never need to. However, legacy systems exist, and will need supporting for the foreseeable future. — ACCES is here to help!

Here's how to install using our drivers. The overall steps are:

  • Install our drivers on the system.

    Normally, this is provided by the downloadable installer that also provides manuals and samples for the device. To get that, go to the device's page, and get the first Software Downloads link down on the left bar. Alternately, you can get it from the big list of our downloadable installers. In a pinch, the Driver Only installer there will work, but then you don't get manuals or samples.

  • Install the device in Device Manager.

    This differs significantly between Windows XP and later versions of Windows, so the instructions below are split based on Windows version.

  • Configure the device in Device Manager to match the address/IRQ jumpers on the physical device.

Installing On Windows XP

  • In Control Panel, run Add Hardware.
  • Click Next, and wait.
  • Check Yes and click Next.
  • At the bottom of the list select Add A New Hardware Device, and click Next.
  • Check Install The Hardware That I Manually Select From A List and click Next.
  • Select Data Acquisition and click Next.
  • Under Manufacturer, select ACCES I/O Products, Inc. Under Model, select the device by name. Make sure you get the right bus — in many cases we have PCI-, PCIe-, ISA, 104-, etc. devices that do the same thing. Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Finish.

Installing On Windows Seven And Up

  • In Device Manager, right-click on the entry at the very top, and pick Add Legacy Hardware.
  • Click Next.
  • Check Install The Hardware That I Manually Select From A List and click Next.
  • Select Data Acquisition and click Next.
  • Select the device by name. Make sure you get the right bus — in many cases we have PCI-, PCIe-, ISA, 104-, etc. devices that do the same thing. Click Next.
  • Click Next and wait.
  • Click Finish.

Configuring

  • Back in Device Manager, expand Data Acquisition and double-click the device that was just installed.
  • Click on the Resources tab and uncheck Use Automatic Settings.
  • Select the I/O Range and click Change Setting….
  • Replace the setting value with the base address jumpered on the device. For example, my setting value comes up as "0240 - 025F", just replace that with "300" or whatever.
  • Click OK, then click Yes.
  • Select the IRQ and click Change Setting….
  • Replace the setting value with the IRQ jumpered on the device.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK, then click Yes.

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