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Old 01-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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I have a computer at work here, A Dell Optiplex 380, with Windows XP Pro SP3, and it will read that a plug n play flash drive has been connected, but then try and install a driver, but fail.

I have tried the following: Re Installing the chip set Drivers, manually pointing the wizard to the default drivers location.

Any tips or ideas are appreciated.

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If it shows in Disk Management, assign a drive letter to it that you know hasn't been assigned, then remove it, reboot and reconnect it.

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Go to Start/Run and type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In the Device Manager do you see any yellow marks or under USB any Unknown Devices? If so, right click it and choose Uninstall. Now remove the flash drive and plug it into the Back USB port of the computer (desktop) and not through a hub and it should recognize the drive. If not then that drive may be bad.
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Thanks everyone for the posts, I did try both of them and it just doesn't seem to respond. In every port I plug it into front or back, it seems to make the sound, the sound that plays when something is plugged into the usb (front or back) and then tries to install it.

I think eventually I will just reinstall windows as routine maintenance is coming up for that machine. Thanks!!
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Do you have any virtual drives installed like with Alcohol?
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I've had this issue in the past and ended up having to uninstall all the USB root hubs from the system (in safe mode) And then reboot and let it reinstall all USB devices period. You'll need to use a PS2 kb and mouse to do it though. After that it started detecting again. I have also found that Virtual CD software will/can cause similar issues, and if there is any registry "Optimizer" programs used on the system it will always end up causing problems like this.

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