View Full Version : What is Plug and play and is it easy to install hardware with it?

30-10-2001, 07:40 PM
What is plug and play, I heard it's a system or a program that helps you or make installig hardware components easier, is it true? What is plug and play?

Here's one more question(sorry), when installing RAMs with plug and play do you or can you just put the RAM in and boot up your computer and that's it? Or do you need to set things up like:Press delete when computer boots up, things like that or nothing. And which kind of RAM is better PC100 or PC133 and which kind SDRAM or SODIMM or single sided.

Any answers will very grateful. Thank you very much.

30-10-2001, 07:54 PM
A single sided ram is a DIMM, a double sided ram is a SIMM. The difference between pc100 and pc133 is that pc133 runs faster, if your motherboard doesn't support pc133 the pc133 will just slow down to pc100.

Hope thid helps

30-10-2001, 08:07 PM
Plug and play is largely just a term someones marketing department though up (at least its better then NetBurst and QuantiSpeed).

Plug and play hardware means that you won't have to mess around with jumpers and other rubbish when you install additional hardware like modems, sound cards etc (in theory anyway).

While RAM doesn't come under plug and play hardware, thats all you really have to do with it.

You computer will detect and check the extra RAM, and your done.

SODIMM is for notebooks.

Get PC133 as its cheaper and will clock down to PC100.

You shouldn't have to deal with SIMMs (single sided) unless you have an old computer (486 era).

30-10-2001, 08:36 PM
Yes it simplifies installation of hardware. The boards tend to not have jumpers for set up, and allow the system to allocate resources such as interrupts.
Once installed it doesn't always work though. :>( It has often been described as 'Plug and Pray'. But it has improved since it came out. It needed to.