My Computer above "N" has no icons?


G

Guest

Hi,
I've got a problem with no icons appearing in "My Computer" after the letter
"N", A-M are fine, but after N & they no longer show up?
They do appear in "Safely Remove Hardware", so you can remove a device ok,
but not use it?
Here's what I've done so far:
I went to "Start/Run" & put in the letter, they didn't appear, I downloaded
Tweak UI & the drives that were in use showed up as in use, including the
one's I'd put after N. I went to "Disk Management" ("Control
Panel/Administrative tools/Computer management/Disk Management".
You get all the HDD's at the top, then all the drive letters & what's on
them under that, & AGAIN the letters after N that I've used show up, but just
don't show up on "My Computer". I still on the hunt for that ellusive answer?
That's about the limit of my technical knowhow (pitiful I know!), but if
anyone has any ideas (explained for a real idiot like me please!), then that
would be great.
I have managed to rename all the drive letters (using A&B), so I've got some
spare, but I just really want to know the answer, so I get my full share of
those useful little letters :)
 
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G

Guest

Your last paragraph "I have managed to rename all the drive letters (using
A&B)"
blows my mind. You've renamed your "C" drive? A, B and C are reserved
drive letters and should NOT be used for anything else to avoid future
problems.
A=floppy drive (3 1/2"), B=floppy drive (5 1/4"), C=harddrive, D=CD/DVD,
WindowsXP will assign a drive letter when external peripherals are connected
thru USB or other installation, you can also assign them and it is
recommended to use letters starting with N thru Z.
--
XP - WNP
Today is the first day of the
rest of your life.
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G

Guest

Hi Byte,

No, maybe I should clarify. I obviously didn't rename my "C" HDD as that
would upset things a bit, don't you think :)
I haven't got any floppy drives on my computer (has anyone these days?), so
I just use the letters for my MP3 player (it uses two letters),
"C" is the same, then "D" the DVD ROM, E the DVD RW, "F", "G" & "H" are
removable HDD "I" is SD card reader (the card reader reads a few types of
cards, so has 4 more letters, which I put as "N","O","P" & "Q", but they
don't show up in "My Computer")

You seem to have mis-read/mis-understood the problem (maybe I put it badly).
Before I changed the drive letters anything after the letter "M" simply
would not appear in "My Computer", the letters appear assigned, but they
don't show up in either "My Computer", nor if you try going to
"Start/Run/'put in the drive letter'", so I began looking at ways around this
problem. One was reassigning letters, so I could use all my drives. Using
A& B for removable hard drives isn't a problem Microsoft recommend it! Have
a look at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/307844/
Relevent line: "Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives.
However, if your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can assign
these letters to removable drives."
But anyway that is irrelevent to the problem as it was pre-drive renaming.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, I know these things can be a pain to
answer as the possibilities are so wide without you sitting down yourself &
"tinkering" with the damn machine :)
All the best,

Pete
 
G

Guest

I have read this trick somewhere in this news group. Open My Computer and try
different views from View menu like Thumbnail, Tiles, Icons, List, Details.
See if any view works fine for you. If not, then choose any view except
Thumbnail e.g. Detail. Now, click on Thumbnail while holding the Shift key.
See if this helps you, let us know!
 
G

Guest

One more thing I would like to ask you that can you use those hidden drives
by any way. Open My Computer and in the Address Bar type O: and press enter.
Are you able to open O drive.

Meanwhile, read the following article which shows how you can hide a drive
letter. Goto the particular Registry Entry and see if there are values set to
hide drive letters. If so, then delete those particular entries.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555438

Let us know!
 
G

Guest

I tried all the views already, so I went straight to the
shift/thumbnails...no joy, sorry :-(
Going to have to read that other article you mentioned then give that a go.
Thanks a bunch for taking the time to respond!
I'll let you know how I get on!!!
 
G

Guest

Are you on networking location? Means, does your connected with other
computer on the home or office network.

Let us know!
 
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G

Guest

No, no network (should really actually get around to that at some point :).
Have got to shoot off & do some (yuck) work for a bit. Will have to do the
registry check tonight, then I'll get back to you with the result straight
away.

All the best,

Pete
 
G

Guest

Hi,

I tried the renaming. I'd done it before, moving things to "N", "O" & "P"
(where I left the other card reader letters I don't use. So, to do it again
I moved them on to "Q". "Q" is there! As is all the other letters up to "Z"
(yes I went through renaming drives all the way to "Z", then put it back),
just not "N","O", &"P". Weird, but I can work around that I suppose.
I will have a look at the restristy tweaks just in case somehow it's been
told to hide the drives? But I'm very happy to at least have quite a few more
letters before I need to panic (not that I'm planning on 101 more devices,
but you never know???
I will let you know if I find the cause of the missing letters & how I
finally correct it...
Thanks for all the help, you've been a star!!! :)

Pete

PS Any other ideas I'll still be prowling about looking for a solution (as
I'm interested to know why)
 
G

Guest

Give it a try. Here is a file in your Windows\System32 called "Config.Nt".
Edit this file using NOTEPAD. In the end of the file write a command line:

lastdrive=z

Save the file and restart your computer. See if this help.

One more thing:

I ask you that can you access your hidden drives using the Address Bar
within from My Computer? However, if you can access any or all hidden drives
through My Computer by typing there drive letters in Address Bar (e.g. O:
press Enter key) then here is a trick. On the Desktop or inside a folder like
"Other Drives" create a shortcut and in the path type O: and press enter.
This will create a shortcut for your drive. Create all other that you can't
see in My Computer.

Hope any of above works, let us know!
 
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G

Guest

Man, you are a national treasure! I'll have to give that a try later on as
my girlfriends back from college soon after an assessment (didn't go too well
from all accounts! BLOOMING ARTISTS! :), so I'll probably be 'nursing'
tonight, so tomorrow I'll be at this first thing :)
Thanks again mate :)
Pete
 

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