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How to force Windows XP to detect USB PCMCIA card

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Hi - I had a technician here yesterday and he replaced the motherboard in my laptop. Everything seemed ok but when I insterted my PCMCIA card with two USB 2.0 extensions the laptop could not install it correctly. It had worked fine before the motherboard change.

The XP hardware wisard opened up but it could not find the driver (the device had a yellow questionmark in device management). I may have accedentially checked the box "do not try to install the devise again"- so when I eject the card and put it back in nothing happens(the device is also gone from device management).

My question is then is there a way to force XP to search for drivers for the now invisible PCMCIA device?

Thanks J
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Try to open device manager and change views (show hidden device) to find your device. If you find it there search for drivers.
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Take a look at these sites.....

Advanced troubleshooting tips for general USB problems in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310575
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Why doesn't my computer detect my new USB device when I'm running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314634

Many thanks,

Bob...
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Hi thanks for the advise. I changed the view to show hidden devices but it is still not there.J
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Hi thanks for the replies. First I have to point out that I believe this is an issue with PCMCIA rather than USB. I have attached two screenshots. The first one shows  a screenshot from yesterday where the device has the question mark. The second shows the result from devcon. As you can see the device is gone. J
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I agree with you about PCMCIA, did you try to find PCMCIA devices, and rescan for devices?
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Hi - yes I tried that. I also now tried an old PCMCIA Ethernet card I had and the result is the same. The port is dead. I'll get back to Dell and see what they reccon - might be that the new mainboard is broken.
Thanks -J
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Check is there any settings regarding PCMCIA in BIOS...
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I did check that earlier but could not find anything. Are you aware of any other term wich can be related to the PCMCIA slot?
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No, just Toshiba laptops had "PC Card" and that was PCMCIA.
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Hi-sorry for the delay- I have been in contact with DELL support and they believe I have to reinstall Windows XP in order to fix these issue since I had a motherboard change. If  anyone can think of anything else I can try before I do a reinstall please let me know. The devises with issues are the ones in the screenshot.

(It is worth mentioning that the PCMCIA usb devise and network do work OK but the drivers does not install correctly for some reason. I have off course tried to delete them from device manager and restart but that did not help. Everytime I restart the machine they ask me for the drivers but xp is unable to install them). I will give it a few days and then I will give in and do a reinstall if I have to. Thanks J
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Did you try to fresh install of the MB chipset drivers?
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I did try to run the driver setup program if that is what you mean. Is there something else I can do to get  a "fresh install"? Thanks J
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I was instructed by DELL support to reinstall the OS since this often is required post a motherboard change. I will do so and hope that will clear the issues. Thanks for all the advises. J
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