Plug and Play
Plug and Play is a non-proprietary Personal Computer (PC) architecture specification that allows for changes to a PC’s configuration without intervention by the user. Some of the benefits of a Plug and Play architecture are simplified installation and configuration of add-on devices, less complex management and support of PC configurations, and reduced support costs. However, before you can take advantage of Plug and Play, all of the following components must support it: the system BIOS (the embedded software—or “firmware”—on the motherboard), the operating system, buses, peripheral devices, device drivers, and applications.
The Plug and Play BIOS
One of the requirements for a computer to be considered Windows 98 Plug and Play-compatible is a Plug and Play BIOS. The Plug and Play BIOS provides support that is very important in setting up a Plug and Play system. This support is provided through resource conflict management and runtime configuration.