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I can't use my USB storage chip!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by EragonGT, Dec 25, 2006.

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  1. EragonGT

    EragonGT Thread Starter

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    I just recieved a used 512mb USB storage device, USB DISK 28X, and I can't find a CD to install it, what do I do?
     
  2. jackdw

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    If you run windows XP and possibly windows 2000. just plug it in and it should show up in 'My Computer'

    Then just use it as a floppy disk.
     
  3. EragonGT

    EragonGT Thread Starter

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    I figured that, but the only things that are there, are the D:/ C:/ and A:/.
     
  4. win2kpro

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    If the drive was used, try it in another machine running W2K or XP and see if it is recognized.

    If it was used, it may be defective.
     
  5. idowindows

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    Have you tried a different usb port on your pc? If that still doesn't work, try the usb drive on another computer. You could have one from a batch of defective ones...

    Happy Holidays.

    :cool:
     
  6. EragonGT

    EragonGT Thread Starter

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    People! People! I have one computer lol, and I tried other ports, but nothin'...
     
  7. EragonGT

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    Hello? Anyways, when I put it in, it brings up a hardware installastion windw. And it says that I don't have the apropriate software.
     
  8. jackdw

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    Whats the make of it, perhaps we could look for some drivers for you.

    What operating system are you running as well?
     
  9. JohnWill

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    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.
     
  10. idowindows

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    I hope you're not running W98 without USB support or W95 for it turns into an uphill climb if so...

    I'm crossing my fingers that you have W2K or XP but neither should have given you a message other than "new hardware detected" and continued to install drivers on its own...

    Keep us posted...

    :cool:
     
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