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View the status of a device

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To view the status of a device

  1. Open Device Manager.

  2. Double-click the type of device you want to view.

  3. Right-click the specific device you want, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, under Device status is a description of the device status.


  • To open Device Manager, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Device Manager.

  • If the device is experiencing a problem, the type of problem is displayed. You might also see a problem code and number and a suggested solution. If you call a support line, this problem code and number can be useful for determining and diagnosing the problem.

  • For information on how to resolve hardware device problems, click Troubleshoot to start the Hardware Troubleshooter.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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