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Automatic Skip Driver Agent (ASD)
What is ASD?
The Automatic Skip Driver Agent (ASD) identifies potentially dangerous failures that are known to cause Windows 98 systems to stop responding and marks the driver so they are bypassed on subsequent startups. This change came about from one of problems in Windows 95, lockup during the boot process. ASD also identifies hardware that fails to respond when tested by Windows 98 startup.
ASD can be launched two different ways:
How ASD Works
ASD is one of the more powerful tools in Windows 98 to see what is current wrong within the software. When Windows 98 boots, it attempts to load all device drivers required for the installed hardware. If a device failed to start ASD tracks the device load failure. ASD will make the driver as a problem device and give the user an opportunity to stop the driver from loading on the following reboots. The areas which ASD will watch are:
ASD maintains a registry key which denotes whether a device is currently enabled. The key record value is set to 00 then the driver loaded properly. If the value is 01 then the device failed initialization and the driver load was halted.
How to use ASD
When a device appears disabled in MSInfo or Device Manager with a code of 11 then try using ASD to load the driver again. To do so try these steps:
If the driver works then it will be enabled within the Device Manager and also will no longer show up in the Problem Devices area in MSInfo. You should be able to test the device in some manner to verify that the device is functioning properly.
If the reboot does not fix the problem then try these steps next:
Points to Remember