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PCI Simple Communications Controller


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ohsnap

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Hey, there.

I was fixing up my computer (e.g. removing unnecessary programs), and encountered a problem with PCI Simple Communications Controller.

First, I uninstalled Conexant SmartHSFi V92 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem seen here:

http://img251.images...7128/specs5.gif

After restarting my computer this morning, this popped up on my screen (in this order):

1.) http://img411.images...11/174/pci6.png
2.) http://img44.imagesh...4/1701/pci7.png
3.) http://img821.images...21/386/pci8.png
4.) http://img153.images...3/5300/pci9.png
5.) Pop-up balloon 'Your device might not be working properly' appears on lower right corner of screen.

It pops up as a yellow question mark in Device Manager, and I've tried uninstalling it, but it still pops up whenever I turn off my computer and log back in:

http://img203.images...3/6459/pci5.png

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Anybody know a way to fix this? Thanks a lot!

PS - I don't use the modem, as I have a USB adapter that connects to my cousin's internet.


Specs:
Dell Dimension 8300
Windows XP Home SP3

Edited by ohsnap, 29 July 2010 - 08:32 AM.

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PCI Simple Communications Controller is your modem. Until you reinstall the driver for it or physically remove it, it will continue to pop up.
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Thanks for the info.

I looked on Dell's Drivers site and couldn't find which one was for my computer.

The Service Tag is: 9GT0M31.

But there are a lot of different PCI drivers available for download.


As of now, I disabled the PCI Controller in Device Manager, and it doesn't pop up when I log in. I just don't like having that giant red X and yellow question mark next to it in Device Manager.
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I looked up your computer by the Service Tag you gave (which shows as a Dimension 8300), and it only had one item listed.

http://support.dell....n&catid=&impid=

If that is indeed the computer you have, try downloading the one there. It is labeled Broadcom - Driver and the type is V.92 Soft Modem (Data Fax).
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^ I'll download that.

Edit: Tried running the driver .exe and got this as a pop-up after I tried to go through the setup:

http://img715.images...15/743/pci1.png


PS - Yes, it's a Dell Dimension 8300.

Edited by ohsnap, 29 July 2010 - 08:10 PM.

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That's the right hardware for your Dell Dimension 8300.

Do you even use the dialup modem? If you don't, then just go into the Device Manager and disable the 'PCI Simple Communications' device, and it will never pop up again asking for you to install the drivers for it.
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I don't use the modem. I have a USB adapter (is that what they call it? ;x) to connect to my cousin's internet.

And yes, I already disabled it, so no more pop-ups whenever I log in. I just hate having to see that yellow question mark and red X in Device Manager.

Ah, well. Win some, lose some, yeah? Heh.
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Sorry to bump this thread, but after reading about BIOS, I just have a question:

Is it possible for me to disable the modem in BIOS? And will it work?
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If the modem is built in to the motherboard, meaning it isn't a separate card that gets plugged into one of the PCI slots, then yes, it is very possible that if you log into the BIOS of the computer that you would be able to disable the modem, which would make it so it no longer appeared in the device manager or anywhere else when your computer is turned on.
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Sorry to bump this thread, but I'm soon upgrading the RAM for my Dell Dimension 8300.

Is it alright for me to physically remove the PCI modem that may be in the PCI slot?

I'm not sure if that is going to have any negative effects, so I figured somebody here could inform me.

Thanks!
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Removing the modem will have no negative effects whatsoever, just remember you have removed it so
you know you have no back up should you have a problem with your USB adapter, package it up safely
and keep it, I never throw them (or any other bits) away just in case.
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^ I just updated my RAM from 512MB to 1.5GB, and the difference is seriously noticeable.

I saw something in 1 of the 4 PCI ports, but it was connected by a wire to something else. I was unsure about touching anything.

Let me post a picture soon.
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