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found new hardware...again

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  1. tomatosan

    tomatosan Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Dell Inspiron B130 running Windows XP. I also have a 320 GB SimpleTech Black Cherry external hard drive, which is plugged in most of the time.

    Lately my computer has been "finding" my external over and over, seemingly at random, while I am working at my computer. If I am using a file which is on the external (usually an audio file) it either closes the program (usually itunes) or starts over on a different song once the hard drive has been "found" again.

    Also, every time it finds the external, it goes through autoplay, which I always stop, and then provides the "which action would you like to perform" window (open folder, play music, etc.), which I always close. I always want Windows to do nothing when I plug my external in. I have tried going into properties under "SignatureMini" (that's what it's called) and under "Autoplay" selecting "take no action" instead of "prompt me every time" but it just doesn't seem to take - it has always changed back the next time my computer "finds" it.

    Any help on either point is greatly appreciated.
    -Emily
     
  2. markomus

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    Try this (even just to humor us; print out if necessary):

    1. Unplug external drive
    2. Shut down computer completely
    3. Unplug power cord and wait 10 seconds
    4. Push power button
    5. Plug power cord back in
    6. Start computer without USB drive plugged in
    7. Wait for Windows and all other start ups to completely load
    8. Power down your USB drive
    9. Power on your USB drive
    10. Plug your USB drive into your computer
    11. Allow Autoplay to do its thing
    12. Allow New Found Hardware to do its thing
    13. DO NOT restart the computer with a USB drive still attached
    14. Interface with the options; select what you want Autoplay to do (rather than canceling out)
    15. Wait and see if problem recurs
    16. Let us know

    Hope this helps! :)
     
  3. tomatosan

    tomatosan Thread Starter

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    Seems to have worked so far - thanks!
     
  4. markomus

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    Sure!

    If the solution holds, let us know by marking the problem as "Solved" :)
     
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