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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by leachim, Oct 22, 2010.

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  1. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    I was having trouble with xp recognising a usb flash drive

    Ended up altering stuff in the registry - even though I exported the changes first before deleting (and subsequently importing them back in)

    Now 2 unknown devices keep looking for drivers every 2 seconds - no usbs connected

    Need some registry help I think !

    And subsequent help to recognise usb flash drive

    Thanks
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    So is the registry now back to how it was.
    You do not need to alter any registry keys, in the normal course of events.
    The reasons why it could not see the flash drive are
    http://www.usbman.com/WinME%20USB%20Guide.htm
    On here but to save me typing it now, as Window has just posted
     
  3. Window

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    When you said you exported the changes first before deleting and then importing the changes back in, you mean you did a registry backup and restore? I just want to make sure if that is what you mean't which I think it is. So if you did that, then your registry is fine.
    Are any of your USBs being recognized? If NO, then you would need to go to the device manager and follow the instructions in red below:
    NOW:
    Before you do any of the following and if you have any other USB devices, which I think you might likely have attached to your System, take note of the drive letters being used. There is a possible drive letter conflict. Are you on the network by any chance?

    THEN:
    If your USB is not being recognized, I suggest removing any other USB devices that you may have plugged in and logging on as admin if you are not the admin and then clicking on start>right click on my computer>manage computer. The computer management console comes up. Now Plug in the USB device that Windows was having trouble recognizing and take note of the drive letter that the USB device is using. Go back into the computer management console and then change the drive letter of that device under disk management to something other than the ones used by the deviced that already being recognized by Windows.

    ALSO:
    Go to your device manager and see if you have any yellow exclamation icons indication a hardware failure. Take note of that. It may be that you need to uninstall the driver for those devices and reinstall them. Make sure your version of Windows is updated.
     
  4. leachim

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    I thought I was doing a good thing when I did a disk cleanup to free up some space - I deleted all the system restore points except the most recent one.......

    The lines I changed in the registry - I imported back in again

    Anyway, items with a yellow question mark in DM are Unknown device with a ref - STORAGE\PARTITION\S9DC96E9E_O2F10C00_L129CE26E00

    Another Unknown - ref - STORAGE\PARTITION\S9DC96E9E_O7E00_L2F08E00

    and COM1 with a ref - ROOT\*PNP0501\1_0_17_0_0_0


    Every 5 secs, a Found new hardware window comes up saying -

    There was a problem installing this hardware

    Unknown

    The data is invalid

    No usb or other devices are plugged in, and I am not on a network

    When I go to DM and try and uninstall these devices, the systems freezes.....

    It is a Dell 4600
     
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    1. Click Start, click Run, type devmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
    2. On the View menu, click Devices by connection.
    3. Expand the PC node.

      Note Because Microsoft Windows is installed on computers that use different types of processors, the PC node may be named differently on your computer. For example, the PC node might have any one of the following names: ACPI Multiprocessor PC
      ACPI Uniprocessor PC
      Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC
      Standard PC
    4. Expand the PCI-Bus node.

      Note If you do not see the PCI-Bus node, expand the current node, and then expand the PCI-Bus node.
    5. Expand the Manufacturer and Model Enhanced Host Controller node.
    6. Right-click the USB Root Hub node that is listed under the Manufacturer and Model Enhanced Host Controller node, and then click Properties.
    7. Click the Power Management tab.
    8. Click to clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box, and then click OK.
    Additionally - do you have SP3 installed. If you only have SP2 update to SP3.
     
  6. leachim

    leachim Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your help

    However, I am still getting "Found New Hardware" with "Generic Volume" still trying to install every time. The box says Unsuccessfull - The data is invalid

    I have faith this can be rectified (somehow)

    I have SP3 installed
     
  7. Macboatmaster

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    Is there anything on the flash drive.
    If so put it in another computer and format it.
     
  8. leachim

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    The flash drive is not connected - the messages come up anyway all the time
     
  9. Macboatmaster

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    Sorry - did not just spot that - drive was NOT connected.
    Go Control Panel
    Administrative functions
    Computer Management
    Disk Management
    Any drives shown there other than of course your recognised HDD /s and CD DVD
     
  10. leachim

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    None whatsoever !
     
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    Pleased it was sorted.
    I have to be honest I never associated permissions with altering the registry keys, which I never thought was a good idea, to correct a problem of a usb flash drive not being reognised. You clearly must have altered those (permission keys)

    However, unless I am mistaken you could have done the same thing with My Computer, right click the HDD, click properties, click Security and reset the permissions there.
     
  13. leachim

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    see post 11
     
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