The ONLY solution, sorry it's a bad one :(
by gremlinstomper - 5/29/07 5:29 AM
In Reply to: Same problem? by R. Proffitt
Hi everybody. Yet again this month, a customer has arrived with Windows showing faulty USB in Device Manager. . . . I see this about once every 8 months.
This time, i sat and considered 'every' angle. The bad news is, as is logically fathomable, It's purely down to Windows losing it's mind (again).
1st) USB - ALWAYS continues working on other installations/operating systems/even in DOS :-o
2nd) It's not a physical hardware fault - DO NOT change your mainboard etc., If you think it's hardware broken, try using USB in UBUNTO (linux) or DOS, and it will 99.9% work perfectly. I handle 250 PC's a year, and only 1 laptop & 1 tower have 'ever' had real faults, so it's more likely you will meet Santa at a party than it actually breaking
3rd) i have entensivly tested/reinstalled/repaired/guided/and even copied carefully EVERY USB bit of data to try the latest repair, it makes no difference. Even a complete registry re-write did not fix it, so 'something' in Windows can totally lose it (presumably it becomes a 'part' of a large DAT file that gets corrupt).
4th) You honestly don't have to do a thing to get it to break this way, it simply happens, totally by chance (& bad luck)
5th) A reinstallation of Windows (all versions) is the 'almost' guaranteed solution.
6th) Normal BIOS's default to USB ON (laptops rarely even have an option), but usually USB 2.0 is OFF by default. This is not relevant - if your USB works, but Device Manager shows a yellow warning triangle, it's because USB 1.1 is working properly - to get USB 2 (in XP) you need special drivers (or Service Pack 2) to get the higher speed.
Always keep in mind, Windows is only an User Interface, it makes mistakes, and goes wrong, It does not mean your PC needs to be replaced by a 'new' anything :-o it most likely just needs a clean reinstallation.
I recommend to anybody who doesn't want to get this problem to stop their fun, always partition your HD in two parts. Then use a back-up utility (i have to recomend "Drive Image 2002", fastest & best i've used) and make a System Snapshot on the 2nd partition. When things wrong on mine, it takes me 1minute,45seconds to be up & running again - and aint that just what we 'all' want eh?
Good Luck to anybody with the problem.
And i'd just love to know which file(s) are to blame for the error being so 'sticky'. Email me please, if you find it - i can't
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