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Windows xp has stopped identifying drivers

Hi,

My xp pro has started to do stupid things lately.it started with my iPad. When I p,utter it in, it identified a new device and wanted me to install drivers. It used to just bring up iTunes. Now it does not. I had mouse problems today, I have a logitech USB mouse with a ball. It is a wireless mouse, but the batteries died, so...i plugged in a non ball mouse and it asked for the driver. Suspecting a corrupt disk drive on a hunch, I used system restore to go back 1month. In had installed zune just before this had all started and am suspecting that too, especially for the iPad device. Anyway... I then cloned the drive using acronis and when I brought it up, it says it found the new drive, but wants to install the driver for it!?

Do I have a corrupt registry? Would it not use the same driver as the other drive? I know they are different but they are both sata and I have attached it too the same port.

Is it, or was it zune that caused me issues? When I uninstalled it, that did not help. Please, I don't want to reinstall xp.

Thanks,
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swaff

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jason C. Levine

It could be so very many things, including all that you mention, and moving into malware or plain old driver conflicts.

One of the best things you can do is run a Repair Install if you have the XP Installation CD...can you try that first?
swaff

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I could, and I have it but, the cd is prior to sp1. Believe me, it has been a royal pain to reinstall this system the few times I have done it. I looked at the drivers for my original disk....

(all in c:\windows\system32\drivers\)

Disk.sys
PartMgr.sys
Snap man.sys

The new disk has them all except disk.sys? I fail to understand why this driver seems to not load. Xp can handle 1st disks, and this is just a clone of my 160gb?

Any other suggestions?
johnb6767

Thats the drivers, not the actual souirce of the .INF files....

Check this reg path, for a value called "DevicePath"

What is it set to?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

Or, paste the following in a cmd prompt...


reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion" /v "devicepath">reg.txt
notepad reg.txt
echo.

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Jason C. Levine

Whew.  Thanks for the bailout, John
johnb6767

Dont thank me yet.....   :-)
nobus

>>  I then cloned the drive   <<   that was the bad install you cloned, so no wonder it does not work
i would run the repair install first, or just do a fresh install

and ; if you want to be safe - AFTER everything is installed oon your pc, just image that (or clone it, if you like) to have a quick reinstall of all your applications and software
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Here are some answers. First the REG key item..


! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    devicepath      REG_EXPAND_SZ      SystemRoot%\inf

As for the disk, yes I understand it is a copy of the bad one. The old disk is dying a SLOW death and I wanted to make sure it was not something there that was corrupt causing my demise here.

I will try the slipstream of my XP, but it is PRE SP1... Will it still work! (I know it is old.)

thanks
nobus

it should work yes
this can help also :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=414
swaff

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I built an XP PRO CD. Thank you. I realize I have potentially cloned a bad disk. The reason is, I will not screw with a data disk, the originalmstays as original till I fix the issue. No updates will be done to it till this issue is resolved.

Was there an outcome to the registry key I examined? Is there anything else to do before I perform a repair?

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nobus

for the reg key - let's wait what john has to say
for the repair, i can't see anything holding you back
johnb6767

Sorry for the delay... Reg key is fine. It is pointing to your C:\Windows\INF Folder.....

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Sorry,

I had rebuilt my copy of windows XP from scratch (well with the updated SP3 added from above) I have not returned to the old disk as of yet, but will try the hard coding of the c:\windows\INF file when I do. I have made note on the HD to do this.

Originally, I had thought this issue had started with a CD/DVD rom that was causing my system to reboot, it was a DVD that was on my IDE bus. I changed it to a SATA but this issue continued. When I posted that question her (Over a year ago) someone suggested that maybe it was windows as the SATA was doing the SAME THING. When this problem cropped up.. i decided to rebuild windows anyway as that issue was really annoying.

IN anycase, I did the rebuild and my driver issue is gone. WONDERFUL but expected. Unfortunatly... the system is still rebooting when accessing the CD/DVD ROM. So, I guess this may be a m/b issue or hardware problem... DARN!!

thanks to all for your help. I will close this with the proper attention to points.
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