Computer wont read memory stick!!!

April 20, 2005 at 11:08:57
Specs: Win XP Home, 768 Mb Ram

When i insert a memory stick in my usb port my computer wont recognise it. It wants me to install the drivers for it yet it is recognised on a similar computer in my house.
Any ideas??

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April 20, 2005 at 11:10:50

By the way, i have USB 1 on my computer but so has the other computer and it reads it ok..

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April 20, 2005 at 11:52:10

??? it is asking to install drivers? So if you install the drivers and reboot does it see the usb stick?

could be you or someone already installed the drivers on the other pc.

Is usb enabled in the bios? Sounds like it is if you are being asked to install drivers.

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April 20, 2005 at 12:12:37

no, win xp should be able to read it, it can be read on several other computers without any drivers being installed..

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April 20, 2005 at 12:35:12

But that is clearly not the case with the computer you are posting about. What make and model is the memory stick? Maybe you could, you know, download and install drivers for it.

Also - what happens if you just step through the driver isntallation wizard? Does XP fail to locate drivers and abort the installation? Or are you cancelling out of the installation early?

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April 20, 2005 at 15:04:46

If XP needs a driver, then give it one.

If/ when you install the driver and have a problem, then post back.

It is asking for a driver for a reason, never assume anything.
Hope this helps

The world is full of willing people, some are willing to work, others are willing to let them; just a thought!

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April 21, 2005 at 21:17:57

I'm having the same problem I upgraded my Video Card to a RADEON9200 so that I could run World Of Warcraft and it accepted it, but I wanted to Upgrade my RAM because right now I have 512MB, and its two Chips so they are 256MB each, but resently I bought Chips that are 512MB each I put them in and my Motherboard seems to not react to them, because it acts like there isnt anything in the slots, is there anything that I can do to fix the problem?

Oh my computer is an Emachines


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April 21, 2005 at 22:04:45

First off, this has nothing to do with the first poster's problem. He was talking about a USB memory fob - aka, a thumb drive, flash drive, etc. etc.

Second - very unlikely that more than one or two people will see your question here. You should start a new post.

Third - since you asked, what does "my Motherboard seems to not react to them" mean? Does the computer boot since you added the new memory? If it does, the motherboard most certainly does "react" to the new memory. Normal behavior with no memory in the slots would be for the computer to beep several times when you power it on, and not display anything on the monitor. Is that what it's doing? If not, you need to describe what is happening in much more detail.

Take care to describe what is happening and not your interpretation of what is happening. What do I mean by that? Well - saying that the computer "acts like there isnt anything in the slots" is your interpretation of what is happening because it implies that a specific behavior should occur when there is something in the slots, and that this behavior is not occuring. This is a bad way to describe what is happening because....well, because it doesn't decribe what is happening. All it says that what you assume should be happening, isn't. But you don't tell us what you think should be happening. All that you have really told us is "my computer isn't doing what I expect it to". Not helpful, and not likely to get your question answered in any useful fashion.

A better way to ask for help is to describe, in objective terms, what is actually occuring. For example, you could say "when I turn the computer on it does X for a while, but then Y happens. It never does Z, which it used to before I installed the new memory. Is this normal?". Now, we know exactly what is happening and what you expected to happen. See the difference?

So, short version - describe in as much detail as possible what actually happens when you turn the computer on. And do it in a new post, for maximum exposure to people who can help you.

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