I'm running a Dell Inspiron 530 with XP Pro SP3, and had a scary start-up this am. System found "new hardware" - PCI Simple Communications Controller, I was unable to connect to Internet, and anti-virus start-up scan locked up. I have not installed any new s/w or h/w within the past 30 days, and I had no problems accessing hard drive files or running installed s/w. After about 3 reboots, everything seems fine for the past 2 hours, scans found no suspicious files. I took a look at Device Manager and everything looked good, but I was unable to find anything specifically related to PCI Simple Communications Controller.
I Googled this Controller, and while I found numerous references, none of them explained on my level what it was or what may have caused the problem. I would appreciate any feedback regarding what this device is and what it does, and how worried I should be about this morning's start-up. FWIW, this it the primary computer for a small biz. I back-up daily, but a crash would be painful. I'm an intermediate user, but not very knowledgeable regarding hardware. Thanks very much for any guidance.
The simple communication controller may be referring to the dial up modem if you have one the driver can be download and installed from here
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