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Problems with flash drives/cards

by idecarva / April 27, 2006 7:50 AM PDT

I inserted a flash drive into my home computer and the computer didn't recognize the flash drive. I thought there was something wrong with my flash drive, but it worked with my office computer. When I tried plugging it back into my work computer the thing won't work at all. In fact, no computer can read it now. It's just a piece of junk now.

Then I had a flash card for my digital camera. When I plugged a flash card reader into the USB port, the reader won't read the card. Now the reader won't work on any other computer either. The flash card is safe though. I can read the flash card only if I plug the digital camera directly into the USB. I don't have a problem with other hardwares, like a printer, scanner, or webcam.

My computer was built by a fried and runs on Windows XP. He can't figure it out either. Is the promlem with his build or is the USB ''blowing out'' my flash drives/reader?

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The common issue I run into is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2006 7:59 AM PDT

Microsoft does not install current motherboard drivers. Your post didn't tell much about the machine so I can't suggest a current package.

Bob

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It's an ...
by idecarva / April 27, 2006 8:12 AM PDT

ECS motherboard. I'd have to get the specifics off of my home computer, when I get there. Is that what you need?

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Given only it's an ECS and ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2006 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: It's an ...

They make many boards I can't narrow it down. But visit the ECS site and get their latest motherboard driver package for your board.

Bob

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Check?
by colindarby / April 27, 2006 5:46 PM PDT

Does the "My Computer" show the Flash Drive??

[First may have the flash drive inserted and then restart computer to have it recognised]

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I've tried that
by idecarva / May 1, 2006 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Check?

Yes, I've tried that and it doesn't work. Unfortunately, the flash drive/card is dead after it's plugged in. I'm in the process of getting the bios to update motherboard. Hopefully that will work.

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Some Other Thoughts
by colindarby / May 1, 2006 8:50 AM PDT
In reply to: I've tried that

I had problems about two months ago and the below corrected my problem!
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First Proceedure;
1]
Check for USB Mass Storage Tool Box is installed = Go to = Control Box = Add or Remove Programs = If not you will have to investigate how to reinstall?
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2]
1. Then check if the Flash Drive is showing up in My Computer.
2. If not found try this, download and install and run XPTWEAKUI =
a) in XPTWEAKUI = My Computer = Drives = and enter a tick in your Drive for the Flash Disk.

You can download XPTWEAKUI from within the URL of =

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/default.mspx

After installing TweakUI you will find TweakUI under Power Tools for Windows XP in the computer?s programs Menu
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I also used this as well
Second Procedure to follow with First Procedure
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1. If the Flash Drive is showing = in = My Computer = right click on the USB drive = Tools folder = Error Checking = Automatic Fix File System Errors = button - Start =
3. Next = in My Computer = Hardware folder = Device Manager = select Flash Disk drive = Properties = Volumes folder = Populate = OK button = should show you a list? =
4. Next go to = My Computer = open up the Flash Disk= view the folder?s contents = Yes. You may see some old files present. If it is vacant try to drag a file into the opened Flash Disk folder page = To confirm all is OK?
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When you are normally using the ?Flash Drive? within your computer = do not forget to go to = System Tray = icon - Safely Remove Hardware = Stop = to disable the hardware???

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