pny flash drive not recognized

March 20, 2011 at 10:56:56
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March 20, 2011 at 11:05:35
Windows 98 (including SE) generally required manufacturers' drivers to support many USB devices. You can try the "generic" ones from the link below (near the bottom of the page); just make sure you get the ones for the version of '98 you're using (FE or SE):

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March 20, 2011 at 18:36:17
I had an interesting experience with W98SE and flash drives.

For my first two drives I got drivers for W98SE by scouring the net then trial and error. When I recently got a new 8GB "Lacie" flash drive I tried poking it into the W98SE and
of-course it didn't work. In a rash moment I simply let W98SE search the net for drivers. To my amazement (bearing in mind that MS support stopped in 2006) down came a generic driver, I installed it and it is working fine. So, the obvious is still worth a try before you do anything else.

My Lacie also said it was only suitable for Win 2000 and XP.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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March 20, 2011 at 19:20:01
I got my 7GB Cruzer working flawlessly in Win98SE even though it says it requires 2000/XP.

All you need to do is download and install NUSB. The program files will automatically be extracted to the proper folders.

Then reboot the computer and stick your flash drive in the USB port.

After you insert the flash drive and it goes to look for a driver or Win98 CD-ROM, just keep hitting next and it will automatically load the drivers (they have a stamp of 7/11/2006.) You don't need the Windows CD because the needed files have already been extracted into the proper directories.

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March 20, 2011 at 19:24:38
"Windows 98 (including SE) generally required manufacturers' drivers to support many USB devices..."

True, but I've discovered that for flash drives all that is needed is updated root hubs which also supports USB 2.0 if your hardware supports it. Flash drive operation is actually quite simple and doesn't require a huge library of device files like a advanced camera or device etc might require. The NUSB link I provided includes the needed root hub update in order for flash drives to work under Win98SE.

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