Quote: Originally Posted by lvladimir
Hi RayTheRat. I did not install any driver
but I did not find in Internet any driver for my Parrot minikit. Can you tell me where I can find this driver?
I don't know of any specific driver for that device, but there IS a software update available for it. Go here: Parrot - Parrot Minikit Plus
No driver updates, but a device s/w update that may help.
I've come to the conclusion that Micro$oft has dropped the ball big time on this problem. However, I've done some things that have helped me. First, I use a Firewire CF card reader instead of a USB unit. Nor only is it more reliable, but it's 4 to 16 times faster than a USB reader. I wish I could get it to work on my laptop. But what I do there is connect the cameras directly to the USB port and copy/move files that way, rather than thru a card reader. I've also started unloading photos from my cameras via the direct USB connection, rather than removing the card and placing it in a reader, especially with my laptop when on the road. I wish I could find a FW reader that didn't require an external power supply for the laptop.
One more issue. If you're using a USB keyboard and the computer crashes or loses power, the boot loader asks what you want to do: example: Boot Normally. In this case, the USB KB is ignored completely. Not a good thing. I keep a spare PS2 KB just for that possibility,
I've worked with computers for a long time and back in the mainframe daze, it was mandatory to "logically power off" (umount) a drive before physically removing it. The "Eject" option in Windows Explorer is the closest equivalent to "powering off" a device, particularly a thumb drive or data card (CF, SD, etc.) I've made myself make that a habit, cuz it's a lot quicker than rebooting, which is the alternative.
The last thing I've found (I think I wrote about it before) is that some sort of "intelligent" USB handler/hub/reader is much better than just plugging a USB device into a port. For some reason, the "handler" (in my case a multi-slot card reader) seems to be able to communicate more fluently with the OS and hardware than just a dumb stick or card.