You guys have been pretty helpful to me in the past with my computer problems. I appreciate that. I'd like to reward you with... another problem! This one's a brain-buster, and I seem to have a knack for having these kinds of problems. On the 29th, I reinstalled my printer because I realized I never did after I had reformatted my computer about a month ago. It's a Dell AOI Printer 946 printer, for those who can make sense of that, and it's a combo printer-scanner-copier-fax. Before I formatted the computer, I had used the printer since I got it in early summer from a yard sale (it was like new), and it worked wonderfully. But sometime after I reinstalled it (I stupidly didn't bother to note when this started), each time I booted up my computer for the day, it would pop up with a "Found New Hardware" wizard for something called a "PCI Simple Communications Controller". I've tried inserting the installer CD for my printer when that pops up, but it doesn't work. New hardware since I reformatted my hard drive includes this printer and a new CPU fan and power supply unit. Also a spare internal hard drive I was borrowing from a friend to keep my personal files on while I reformatted. All of these devices except the printer were in use a month ago, shortly after I finished reformatting. Other than these things, there have been no changes to my hardware since I reformatted. My modem has something to do with PCI, so this new hardware reminded me of my modem, but I've done absolutely nothing to it for a good, long while. Also, this new device is listed in my Device Manager separately from my modem. And the printer is Dell. I found the option to make it shut up, but the phantom device is still in my Device Manager. So. What can you guys make of it? :shrug: Also, I hope your respective holiday seasons were joyful.