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[ The PC Guide | Systems and Components Reference Guide | Motherboard and System Devices | System Buses | System Bus Types | Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Local Bus ]

PCI Plug and Play

The PCI bus is part of the Plug and Play standard developed by Intel, with cooperation from Microsoft and many other companies. PCI systems were the first to popularize the use of Plug and Play. The PCI chipset circuitry handles the identification of cards and works with the operating system and BIOS to automatically set resource allocations for compatible peripheral cards. Plug and Play is discussed in detail here.

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