Solved: Odd USB trouble

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PCcruncher

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Ok, this time I'm really stumped :) Hoping some of you Gurus can help me.

So, I have my friends Lenovo 3000 n100 he just purchased used. It came with Vista, 1.6 ghz Dual core processor, 2 Gb Ram, 120 Gb hard drive, etc.

The issue is with most usb storage devices (All flash drives, usb card readers, and some external harddrives), you plug one in, and it installs the drivers as usual, autoplay asks what you want to do with it, Etc. You can view the files fine, and open pictures with windows photo viewer. In windows photo viewer, you can scroll though the photos by clicking the on-screen arrow keys, but as soon as you press the keyboard arrow keys, the usb device disappears, only to reconnect a moment later with Autoplay asking what you want to do with it again.
I can also get this to happen if I try to create or rename a folder on the device, but copying a single file to/from the root of the drive works fine.
My external hard drive with a separate wall power supply works perfect, but a brand new WD passport with just the usb connection does not.

At first I thought it was a problem with Vista, so I tried all the usual, drivers etc, to no avail, reinstalled Vista, nothing. Next I ran a live cd of Knoppix, and get the exact same problem!!! :eek: as a last resort I installed XP and have the same problem (no surprise)

The only error I can get in event viewer that seems to be related is this:
Code:
Event Type:	Warning
Event Source:	Disk
Event Category:	None
Event ID:	51
Date:		12/27/2010
Time:		12:00:04 PM
User:		N/A
Computer:	VLEJ7MNM
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging operation.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00680003 00b60001 00000000 80040033
0010: 0000012d c000000e 00000000 00000000
0020: 00000000 00000000 0000509f 00000000
0030: ffffffff 00000001 08000040 00000000
0040: 120a2000 40200340 00000000 0000000a
0050: b9c20000 8964d7f8 00000000 894e8b18
0060: 00000000 0177d468 77010028 000068d4
0070: 00000008 00000000 00000000 00000000
0080: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
So, is it some sort of hardware problem?

The Bios is out of date, but apparently I need to disable the bios power on password (set by the manufacturer)
From lenovos website "Remove the Power-on password prior to updating the BIOS in RDM (Remote Deployment Manager) environment or similar environment."
There is no Supervisor password, user password, or hard drive password in the bios, just a grayed-out entry that says: Password on Boot: [Enabled]
However, RDM is no longer available, what other environment would work, or do I not need to update the bios?

For those who are going to tell me that we don't assist with passwords here, Please know that I am aware of the rules, and not trying to circumvent anything :)

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them :) Thanks.
 

PCcruncher

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Well, we were able to send the laptop back to the seller.
So I'll marked this solved. :)
 
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