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I purchased a barebones computer and it works great!
I want to use an old steering wheel with the racing car games (old), but this is a 15 pin socket. The Motherboard has a 9 pin game socket. I installed an old sound card which has a 15 pin socket and plugged in. Plug and play installed the hardware and software and said that the device was ready to use.
Steering wheel did not work!
I opened systems manager, hardware, and saw a yellow question mark against the "game port for thrustmaster acm.
I right clicked, selected properties and this informs me that "this device cannot find enough free resources that it can use (Code 12)."
Clicking on the Resource tab, set configuration manually it shows the I/O range as 0201 - 0201 and that this is in conflict with Motherboard resources and standard game port.
Selecting the next I/O 0203 - 0203 brings up conflict with Motherboard resources as does the next I/O 0205 - 0205. The next one 0207 - 0207 is the same conflict as the first and then the cycle of options reverts to 0201 - 0201
I can disable the standard game port but when I go to Device Manager, View, Resource by Type, Input/Output there is no relevant I/O motherboard resource in the range 0201 - 0207 shown!!

Can anybody help!

I have an ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Processor
3.25Gb Ram
Windows XP Professional SP3 operating system
Thrustmaster grandprix 1 steering wheel
The Sound card has no name.

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Go into the computer BIOS setup (normally Hit <DEL> or <F1> or <F2> depending on manufacturer) as the computer is booting and disable the onboard game port. While you are in there you might disable the onboard serial and parallel ports (if they are installed. Also I bet the motherboard has a 15 game port on a spacer that would fit in one of your expansion slots. The 9 pin port is normally a serial port.

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Go into the computer BIOS setup (normally Hit <DEL> or <F1> or <F2> depending on manufacturer) as the computer is booting and disable the onboard game port. While you are in there you might disable the onboard serial and parallel ports (if they are installed. Also I bet the motherboard has a 15 game port on a spacer that would fit in one of your expansion slots. The 9 pin port is normally a serial port.

I am not as savi as you with the BIOS set up. I hit <DEL> to get into the BIOS. I am given headings - Main-Advanced-Power-Boot-Tools-Exit.

I have searched each carefully but no onboard game port is shown. In the Advanced (Settings) the options are:
JumperFree configuration
CPI Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Device Configuration
PCIPnP
USB Configuration

In the Onboard Device Configuration is shown

Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Parallel Mode [Normal]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]

HDAudio Controller [Enabled]
Front Panel Select [HD Audio]
Onboard LAN Controller [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
USB3.0 Controller [Enabled]

Which one do I disable and how?

Sorry to be a pain!

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I would disable these and free up a few IRQ's

Serial Port1 Address [Disabled]
Parallel Port Address [Disabled]
Parallel Mode [Normal]
Parallel Port IRQ [Disabled]

Check under Chipset and see if there is an option for the onboard sound card or game port. If so disable them since you are installing a replacement card.

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I would disable these and free up a few IRQ's

Serial Port1 Address [Disabled]
Parallel Port Address [Disabled]
Parallel Mode [Normal]
Parallel Port IRQ [Disabled]

Check under Chipset and see if there is an option for the onboard sound card or game port. If so disable them since you are installing a replacement card.

I disabled Serial Port1 Address and Parallel Port Address. The latter automatically removed Parallel Port Mode and Parallel Port IRQ.

I searched the Chipset and all its subsidiary menus but found nothing resembling onboard sound card or game port.

Rebooted, but still have the same problem.

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A PCI sound card? You cannot reassign IRQs to resolve 'conflicts' in XP... it dynamically assigns them; sharing should not be a problem. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314068
You might attempt forcing XP to use resources that BIOS assigns to PCI... do this by editing boot.ini to include the parameter /pcilock in the OS specification line. I think some BIOSs have a switch for that, also.

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A PCI sound card? You cannot reassign IRQs to resolve 'conflicts' in XP... it dynamically assigns them; sharing should not be a problem. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314068
You might attempt forcing XP to use resources that BIOS assigns to PCI... do this by editing boot.ini to include the parameter /pcilock in the OS specification line. I think some BIOSs have a switch for that, also.

I first restored the settings in the BIOS to the original.
Then I amended boot.ini as requested. Made no difference.

If at first you don't succeed.......................give up while you still have hair left!

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