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plug-and-play
Last modified: Monday, May 18, 1998 

Refers to the ability of a computer system to automatically configure expansion boards and other devices. You should be able to plug in a device and play with it, without worrying about setting DIP switches, jumpers, and other configuration elements. Since the introduction of the NuBus, the Apple Macintosh has been a plug-and-play computer. The Plug and Play (PnP) specification has made PCs more plug-and-play, although it doesn't always work as advertised.

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Describes, in detail, Microsoft Windows and the plug and play framework architecture.

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Brief history and description of plug-and-play, with sections on requirements, operation, Extended System Configuration Data (ESCD), plug-and-play and non-plug-and-play devices, and associated problems. This page is from "The PC Guide".

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