PCI Simple Communications Controller

  kdt 10:25 01 Dec 2005

could anyone tell me why there is question mark against it? Thanks

  gudgulf 10:39 01 Dec 2005

Windows is detecting a hardware device which it does not recognise.....usually this is beacause the drivers for the device are corrupt or missing.

Simple pci communications device..........dial up modem maybe?

  kdt 11:31 01 Dec 2005

thanks please keep ideas coming could it be generic? or if as gudgulf reckons corrupt/missing any remedy?

  keef66 12:02 01 Dec 2005

simple pci communications device has always ended up being a dial up modem for me. Remove it in hardware wizard, restart and let windows find it, install the drivers from disk when prompted or let windows use it's own.
If that doesn't work you could try removing the card physically then replacing it, allowing windows to detect it then install drivers as above.


  gudgulf 12:09 01 Dec 2005

Try downloading Everst Home (free) from click here

It will give a list of the hardware in your pc.Look in Devices>Physical Devices and it will list everything plugged into your pc and also in Computer>Summary.Look for the modems and network controllers that are plugged in.

Once you know what is there then look for each device in Device manager and make sure that the drivers are loaded for each.If one of those identified by Everest is not listed then that is the likely culprit.

The PCI simple communications device is nearly always a modem.But it could also be a network card.

You could also check the BIOS to make sure there is no onboard device like a modem enabled that shouldn't be.

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