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error message: a device attached to the system is not functioning

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by zwilson76, Jun 6, 2004.

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  1. zwilson76

    zwilson76 Thread Starter

    Jun 6, 2004
    Every time I try to load certain programs, i get the error message: a device attached to the system is not functioning'. I tried ressetting back to my last restore point but to no avail. I'm seriously thinking about just restoring the whole computer but i dont want to lose the programs that i cant replace.
    Any help you give me would be appreciated.
  2. rude


    Mar 8, 2004
    It would help if you could give us your System info as well as more specific info about the error message.With vague info like you have given us,noone can help you.

    Can you copy and paste the error message or take a screenshot and post it here?
  3. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Is there any reference to any file name with the message? Perhaps in the title box of the pop-up of the message?

    This error can occur when a file has become corrupt, or more commonly when a system file or driver file has been replaced with an incompatable version, usually as a result of installing a driver or software.

    Only by pinning down the cause can you hope to identify which one of hundreds it could be.
  4. clarke123


    Apr 20, 2004
    Did you just install any new software prior to the problem?
  5. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    have you tried looking in devicemanager and seeing if everythings OK there.i dont know the OS you have so can be specfic.
    but >
    got to control panel
    then >system
    here it depends on OS
    win2k XP -
    hardware tab
    device manager

    on 98 - i thinkit had a tab called device manager but cant remember

    have a look and see if any devices have a yellow triangle with a ? or ! against them - that would tell you the device.

    otherwise please supply more info - make/model of PC - OS - and what programs you run when it happens - the more info the more help we can give
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