I've got a SanDisk Mini Cruzer that no longer is recognized by Windows XP.

I've got a SanDisk Mini Cruzer that no longer is recognized by Windows XP.

jpertchikAsked:
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
test it on different usb ports, or test the ports with other usb devices
check in device manager for errors, if so delete all usb entriesn reboot and test
here a couple of things to try :
a system restore to a previous date
unplug pc from power for 30 minutes
then test
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choose no to NOT overwrite existing files.
 copy the USBSTOR.SYS from a working PC to the bad one. (you can move the existing one for testing
normally located at c:\windows\system32\drivers
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copy C:\Windows\Inf from aworking pc to the bad one.

if this does not work, you're in for a fresh install
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nathana21Commented:
have you tried it in another machine?
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KYKXCXCommented:
I have seen the issue if you have multiple mapped drives.  If you have these you can remove a couple temporarily to see if this is causing the problem.  If it turns out to be the problem you can map your Mini Cruzer to a higher drive letter using disk manager.
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jpertchikAuthor Commented:
The device works in another machine.

The device does not show up in disk manager.

There was an issue with a wireless USB mouse on this machine a few months ago.

I beleive that to some degree the USB buss is baked (software-wise, not hardware).

Any ideas?

Thanks.
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x86fixCommented:
You can delete all teh USB controllers and they will reinstall themselves properly, if it is a software issue.
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nathana21Commented:
i had a similar problem. I plugged in my usb device backwards and it fried the usb bus. It reacted by not recognizing anything usb. I had to replace my motherboard to fix it. So if it won't recognize lots of usb items, this may be the issue.
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SysExpertCommented:
Other option is to buy an add in PCI - USB card for 10-$20  ( cheap on ebay ), and that should resolve your issues.


I hope this helps !
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