HELP!! My USB flash disk is no longer recognized...no matter what I do!

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Sharky39

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OKAY...Thanks in advance!! HELP!!

My USB flash disk is no longer recognized by XP on my Toshiba laptop, nor is my USD card reader, and it will not allow me to even install it although I have the driver disk. I have tried downloading drivers from MSN, service packs, gone through set up in the device manager, EVERYTHING! My flash disk works on every other computer but mine. I did get a couple of trojans, but I deleted them with MCafee and cleaned them as well. I am at a loss here!! Please help!

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Try this . . In Device Manager, Expand the USB controller line and Delete all of the USB devices . . reboot to let Windows "Discover" them and load default drivers.
 

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Presuming you HAVE tried it on another system and it works, do this:

First step, Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Create a restore point and name it something like "Before USB Fix". This is to bail you out if something goes wrong during the following process and makes things worse.

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG

-------------------------- Use text after this line --------------------------------
REGEDIT4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]"DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES"="1"

-------------------------- Use text before this line --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, you'll have to modify the instructions and leave enough parts for those to function. I don't have one yet, so I haven't had time to modify the instructions.
 

Sharky39

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Thanks...I still haven't received anything to help me on this...anyone out there a pro with this? There has to be a way!!! Help please.........
 
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your problem seem to be in your Bios.Look in your Bios for "integrated Peripherals" and put enabled all USB features (keyboard, mouse,memory etc..)
Reboot your system , that's all
 

Sharky39

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Yes I tried that right down top= the letter...it didn't work..it did re-install my other drives though again....

How do I do what Sandra said? I cant find the bios files on my comp?

Anyone else have any good ideas!?!?!
 

Sharky39

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But I am going to buy Windows Vista and install it to replace XP. This should work...I am tired of messing with this crap...

I understand that installing Vista will restore all files and data you have on your computer from XP and you will not lose anything. Is this true? Thanks.

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Sharky39 said:
But I am going to buy Windows Vista and install it to replace XP. This should work...I am tired of messing with this crap...
That's cool, but if your usb is turned off in BIOS or if there is a hardware problemit ain't gonna make any difference.

I understand that installing Vista will restore all files and data you have on your computer from XP and you will not lose anything. Is this true? Thanks.
It should, if you purchase the upgrade version . . but it's always a good idea to back up your data when doing something as drastic as installing a new operating system.
 

Sharky39

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I tried the bios advice from Sonia and Simps...but you guys need to remember that I am a rookie here.

Can someone walk me through re-formatitng the bios like Sonia referred to? That website didn't really get me anywhere and I couldn't find any of the info that Sonia explained. Anyone know the step by step process? Any help here would be GREAT. Thanks!!
 
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