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Make Laptop USB device drivers permanent

by macnab6968 / October 15, 2013 4:02 PM PDT

Friend has a Fujitsu/Siemens AMILO Pro.

Every time you plug in a USB device (flash-drive, mouse) you need to use Device Manager to re-install the driver.

Can this be fixed easily or is there something wrong with his setup?

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Clarification Request
(NT) Registry cleaner ever used?
by mchainmchain / October 15, 2013 6:39 PM PDT

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If I were to bet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2013 8:46 PM PDT
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It's unavoidable
by Jimmy Greystone / October 15, 2013 11:27 PM PDT

It's unavoidable, at least to a degree. If you plug a device into a different USB port Windows needs to do some minor reconfiguring of the driver to point to that new USB port. However, if you're using the same port every time and this is happening, I'll chime in with everyone else thus far and say it's likely that you've been running some kind of registry cleaning program and are starting to see why such practices are discouraged.

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Sounds like PnP.
by macnab6968 / October 17, 2013 8:15 PM PDT
In reply to: It's unavoidable

I'll have a look at the Plug and Play.

Can't say for sure what has and what hasn't been done to the machine as he bought it 2nd-hand.

He does have CCleaner installed. Don't know whether or not it has ever been used. (His knowledge of computers is basically limited to Facebook.)

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That's a dangerous combo
by Jimmy Greystone / October 17, 2013 11:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Sounds like PnP.

That's a dangerous combo, having programs like CCleaner installed with such little knowledge of computers. But any time you get a computer second hand it's a good idea to format the drive and reload the software first thing. You have no idea what could be on that computer. Anything from pirated software to keylogging software that reports back passwords and other sensitive info, maybe even to the person who sold the computer. Just wiping everything clean and starting fresh is a good idea.

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Long before my contact with him
by macnab6968 / October 18, 2013 2:15 AM PDT

Regarding "dangerous combo", my personal feeling is that one should not be allowed to own a computer with out some sort of competency license. Happy

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