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Flash drive makes the computer freeze!

by aleifert / September 29, 2005 10:43 PM PDT

I am running XP, which theoretically does not need any downloads of drivers to use flash drives, etc. from the USB ports. Whenever I put one in, however, the computer freezes. What can I do? Thanks.........Aryeh

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Yes, Depending on the machine, you need a driver.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2005 10:44 PM PDT

Some machines need a motherboard driver package or the lockup occurs. Microsoft does not fetch this package for us.


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USB Flash drive
by Papa Echo / September 29, 2005 10:53 PM PDT

USB 1.1 or 2 ?

Some USB2 devices do not work properly on USB 1.1 ports, and some USB1.1 devices fail on USB2 ports.

Have you tried another brand/model of flash drive ?

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USB Flash Drive - Drivers?
by Themisive / October 2, 2005 6:48 AM PDT
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I have several different flash drives, each of them came with it's own driver disk BUT it clearly states these drivers are only for Windows 95 & 98, XP apparantly has the drivers already installed.

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The issue of incorrect or.....
by Michael Geist / October 2, 2005 7:24 AM PDT

non-up to date motherboard drivers has already been brought up. I would ask if any other USB devices fail when those ports are used?

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Drivers for USB devices....
by Papa Echo / October 2, 2005 7:51 AM PDT

It is already know that UBS Flash drivers are "built-in" for XP, and even Me. It is not that drivers are "not required". If the Mother Board drivers are installed and updated, then perhaps the drivers for "USB Adapters" need to be updated too ?

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Same problem - USB Flash Drive and MP3 players crash
by puius / November 4, 2005 9:59 AM PST

I'm having an identical problem. I have 2002 machine which should have USB 2.0 (the Device Manager driver says "enhanced") and which, as per Windows, has up-to-date drivers.

My older Palm and printer work fine, but a newer SanDisk Titanium 512 Mb drive and Cowon iAudio U2 player instantly lock WinXP so it needs a hard reboot.

The Intel 82801DB/DBM drivers claim to be updated (as per the automatic update option in WinXP). Other web searches I have done suggest maybe updating my machine's BIOS, which seems chancy and maybe unrelated.

But I clearly don't know what I'm talking about, since I'm stuck here with a crashing machine...

Should I manually look for these drivers on the web? How do I reinstall them?

Any other suggestions?


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