windows explorer "hangs" when attaching a USB flash drive (60 seconds)
Posted on 2008-10-09
Intermittently, when I attach a USB drive to my XP Pro machine, Windows Explorer seems to just hang for almost 60 seconds, and then is fine. The drive light flashes for about a quarter of a second, but no activity after that. No activity on the hard drive, and in Task Manager, no processes are eating up the CPU (0-5% activity). Other apps are unaffected except for "Free Commander" (a Win Explorer replacement), where I am getting the same behavior. I have tried 3 different USB drives, all of which work flawlessly on other systems.
Have rebooted many times. Have tried plugging it in and then launching WinExp but I get a similar result (intermittently, nothing opens for about 60 seconds). The delay only happens right after attaching a USB drive.
Any suggestions? Or tips on how to debug what is happening?
Thanks for any help-