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unknown F: USB Mass Storage Device

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by empty_pocket, Sep 29, 2008.

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  1. empty_pocket

    empty_pocket Thread Starter

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    This is going to be a long winded post, but I want to give as much info as I can with the problem I’m having. I worked on my neighbor’s Dell Dimension 3100 desktop pc recently.

    SYMPTOMS:
    1. VERY slow
    2. Occasional BSOD = Beginning Physical Memory Dump
    Physical Memory Dump Complete

    REMEDIES TAKEN:
    1. Ran Trendmicro Housecall. Minor threats found and removed, but wouldn’t fix a
    macro vulnerability in MS Word 2000.
    2. Ran Adaware 2008 Free, Spybot S&D, A Squared Free, Hijack This, CCleaner.
    Removed all threats, etc. successfully.
    3. Upon numerous reboots the BSOD with the same message indicated above
    reappeared and the pc would freeze.
    4. Replaced a bad RAM stick with a known good one.
    5. Formatted and reinstalled Win XP with the Dell provided disk and Dell provided
    drivers disk. All went well with no more BSODs.
    6. Reinstalled all the latest versions of Adaware Free, Spybot S&D, A Squared Free,
    Hijack This, CCleaner along with the latest definitions where applicable. Deep
    scanned with all in Safe Mode just to be sure. Obviously, no threats found.
    7. Reinstalled all her personal software and All Windows updates including SP3.
    All worked flawlessly.
    8. Connected to the Internet--no problems there. Man, I’m on a good roll now so I
    returned the pc to her so she could reinstall her printer since all seemed to be
    working OK.

    Got a call from her last evening and she said she was having problems installing her
    printer so I led her thru the uninstall procedure via the HP disk uninstall option. Rebooted the pc and tried to reinstall the printer again. This time the “Found New Hardware Wizard” popped up. We didn’t go any further with that and I had her end that task via Task Manager. The printer installation completed successfully (according to what it said), but didn’t put an HP printer program group into the All Programs list. The printer will print and copy a document, but will not scan. This, I suspect is because the printer did NOT install completely after all.

    I then had her reboot and the “Found New Hardware Wizard” reared its ugly head again, so I asked her to check the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the System Tray. It showed an F: USB Mass Storage Device along with her printer as well. The F: USB
    Mass Storage Device also shows up in Windows Explorer as a DISK drive if she told me correctly.

    Now, to finally get to the point of this post--there is NO USB Mass Storage Device connected to the pc (external HD, flash drive, etc.). What is this device and is the “New Hardware Wizard” looking for this F: device? I was wondering if anyone can give me some ideas as to what this “phantom” device is and how to find out what “New Hardware Wizard” is wanting to install? I plan to go over in a couple of days and am trying to pick your brains for a solution(s).

    The only devices connected via USB are the Dell keyboard, Dell mouse, and her HP 7100 printer, scanner, copier with fax--all connected to the rear panel USB ports. There is nothing connected to the 2 front panel ports.

    I’m not so concerned with the printer problem as I believe I can fix that once I lay my own beady little eyes on the situation myself. (Kinda hard to fix ’em over the phone).

    Thanks in advance for any and all ideas that I can try when I get my hands on that machine from hell.

    Dell Dimension 3100
    Windows XP Home Edition SP3
    HP 7100 printer, scanner, copier with fax
    Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz
    Intel 915GV chipset
    512MB DDR2 SDRAM
    USB 2.0 X 6 ports (2 front, 4 rear)
    PCI X 1, PCI Express X1 X1 expansion slots
    ACPI/APM power configuration
    Hyper Thread Technology Ready
    80GB EIDE HD
    DVD +/-RW (D:, E)
    Integrated 10/100 network card, Ethernet + Fast Ethernet
     
  2. AcidBurnz95

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    Does the printer have a card reader on the front of it?
     
  3. empty_pocket

    empty_pocket Thread Starter

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    AcidBurnz95, thanks for the reply. That point I'm not sure of, but my guess would b that it does cuz the printer is fairly new. As I haven't actually seen the printer yet, I can't say for sure. It makes sense to me that the card reader on the printer may indeed b the F: drv. letter.

    BTW, would the hardware wizard b looking for that reader when the printer installation should have the drivers for it? Just wondering.
     
  4. AcidBurnz95

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    It might be looking for the drivers for it some printer need them some don't. Pop the Printer CD in and let it search there for it. If you go to device manager you can sometimes get and idea what devince it is trying to install drivers for.
     
  5. empty_pocket

    empty_pocket Thread Starter

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    I think we're thinking along the same direction AcidBurnz. I'm guessing since she got a sloppy install (no printer program grp. in the All Progs. list), the driver for the card reader (if one is needed for this unit) didn't get installed properly either and that may b why the hardware wizard is looking for a device to install.

    Your suggestion is exactly what I was going to try next when I get over there in the next day or two. If that doesn't cure it, I'm gonna clean her old craw out and start all over. lol As I said, "Kinda hard to fix 'em on the phone." lol
     
  6. AcidBurnz95

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    GL let us know how it goes
     
  7. empty_pocket

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    Will do. I'll either fix it up or tear it up. lol
     
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