Design Guidelines for Starting Devices
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Design Guidelines for Starting Devices

  • The PnP manager fails create requests for the device until the IRP_MN_START_DEVICE IRP completes, indicating that all the drivers for the device have performed their start operations.

  • Because a DispatchPnP routine runs in the context of a system thread at IRQL PASSIVE_LEVEL, any memory allocated with ExAllocatePoolWithTag for use exclusively during initialization can be from paged pool as long as the driver does not control the device that holds a system page file. Such a memory allocation must be released with ExFreePool before the DispatchPnP routine returns control.

  • A WDM device driver's ISR should be capable of determining whether it has been called with a spurious interrupt even during device startup. On return from the call to IoConnectInterrupt in the code path that handles IRP_MN_START_DEVICE, the ISR can be called immediately if interrupts are enabled on the device.



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