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Windows 7: Unknown Usb Problem

10 Jan 2011   #1
MikeRichx3

Windows 7
 
 
Unknown Usb Problem

Ok i have a Compaq Presario SR2011WM running windows 7, i've been getting this unknown usb problem for awhile i cannot even use my flash drives but my mouse which is usb works in any slot, please someone help its annoying and i need this fix asap please and thank you.


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10 Jan 2011   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Have a look with disk management and see if it can see your USB.
Then have a look at what device manager is saying (any little yellow exclamation marks). With and without USB storage connected. You may have to refresh Device manager in between USB moves.
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10 Jan 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Some USB sticks need a driver. They are usually on the stick, but maybe not on yours (maybe it was once erased). Look at the website of the stick manufacturer whether you can find the driver. A Vista driver will probably work too.
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10 Jan 2011   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Some USB sticks need a driver. They are usually on the stick, but maybe not on yours (maybe it was once erased). Look at the website of the stick manufacturer whether you can find the driver. A Vista driver will probably work too.
You mean in the firmware? My son has one of these old type that had some software on it but I still think you can format it.
I've had heaps of the things and never had that issue. When plugged in from new windows recognizes them (some generic driver I guess). I've "cleaned" them formatted them, flipped the "removable device" bit, flipped it back - never had a problem.

If the USB isn't dead it may just need a format, partition and letter assign.
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10 Jan 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

On some sticks, when you first put them in, I see a bubble saying "Installing Device Driver". That, I think, comes from the drive itself. I have about 2 dozen USB sticks and it does not install a driver with every new one - I guess then it is using a generic one or the driver is there from a previous stick of the same make.
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