Vista Generic USB storage devices not recognised

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Frazer Jolly Goodfellow

Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have failed
to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from the
manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore,
Vista installs a driver for a USB mass storage device. It then
requests another driver, and when pointed to the Driverstore again,
Vista recognises a Disk drive. And yet once more, whereupon it
installs a Generic volume and declares the device installed.

Any clues as to what may be wrong?

[Running Vista Business on an HP nx7400 laptop - labelled as Vista
capable BTW.]
 
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Rebus

I had the same or a similar problem, I pointed it to C:\Windows and just let
it trawl through it and it installed all the needed drivers.
Are you saying that after you did this to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore
that they still don't work?
 
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Frazer Jolly Goodfellow

I had the same or a similar problem, I pointed it to C:\Windows
and just let it trawl through it and it installed all the needed
drivers. Are you saying that after you did this to
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore that they still don't work?

They work OK.

It's just that it seems a very backward step to have to go through
this clunky ritual for devices that are recognised automatically by
Windows XP. The drivers are clearly present in the Driverstore
folder, but Vista doesn't seem to know that!
Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have
failed to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from
the manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore, Vista installs a driver for a
USB mass storage device. It then requests another driver, and
when pointed to the Driverstore again, Vista recognises a Disk
drive. And yet once more, whereupon it installs a Generic
volume and declares the device installed.

Any clues as to what may be wrong?

[Running Vista Business on an HP nx7400 laptop - labelled as
Vista capable BTW.]
 
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Rebus

I agree - Even with DOS you could easily set up a 'Path' statement to point
to any particular folder for Windows to look at by default - This is pretty
basic stuff... :)

Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
I had the same or a similar problem, I pointed it to C:\Windows
and just let it trawl through it and it installed all the needed
drivers. Are you saying that after you did this to
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore that they still don't work?

They work OK.

It's just that it seems a very backward step to have to go through
this clunky ritual for devices that are recognised automatically by
Windows XP. The drivers are clearly present in the Driverstore
folder, but Vista doesn't seem to know that!
Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have
failed to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from
the manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore, Vista installs a driver for a
USB mass storage device. It then requests another driver, and
when pointed to the Driverstore again, Vista recognises a Disk
drive. And yet once more, whereupon it installs a Generic
volume and declares the device installed.

Any clues as to what may be wrong?

[Running Vista Business on an HP nx7400 laptop - labelled as
Vista capable BTW.]
 
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Guest

I have done all this and I still get teh parameter is incorrect. Sometimes I
can even see 1 drive before it disappears. HELP
 
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Guest

i have the same problem with my Sandisk Cruzer Micro 4GB . i use Vista
Ultimate on both my Laptop and Desktop. on my laptop as soon as i insert the
USB card Vista detects it and assigns it as a Driver. but on my Desktop it
prompts for drivers? Even if i direct the installer to "C:\Windows" every
time i re-insert the USB card , it prompts for driver for an "Unidentified
Device" which again i have to point the installer to "C:\windows" for it to
work!

is there anyway of finding out what's causing the conflict? perhaps a driver
installer? or another USB Device? i have unplugged all my USB devices but
this still happens or perhaps a driver installer?

can anyone show me how i can check for conflicts properly? thanx
 
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Guest

My solution this problem , unistall all applications of NOKIA , now works
fine all devices usb reconognised by Xp , (mouses wireless works fine, usb
acteck portatil speakers, hub usb 2.0 generic, and several hard disk external
usb)

Erick, sorry my english
 
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Guest

I have the same problem. I use a NEW notebook Acer TM8215 wlmi (that seems to
work well) with Vista Ultimate. The usb devices (hard disk or pen drives)
work randomly also if they are usually shown in the device manager. The
system is not able to remove them properly (the light keeps on flashing).
There are a lot of threads about Vista and usb problems. The Microsoft patch
did not help. I do not think my problem is hardware related. Any solutions?
 
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destination

I was very frustrate with this vista silly problem. I couldn't add any USB mass storage device which I could before. The problem occur after installation of logitech webcam software. After uninstallation of logitech software and driver, thing back to normal... Eventhough the logitech software downloaded from its website is for Vista.

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http://www.eggheadcafe.com
 
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Guest

I have the same problem.. I just uninstalled driverguide tookit and search
the driver from the c:/windows directory.. it works
 
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Guest

I've got Vista Business and am trying to get it to recognise a generic 4 port
USB hub. No luck at all, even if I search for the driver in C:\Windows. It
just says the best driver is already installed, and then proceeds to say the
device is not recognised.

So annoying! Any tips? Other plug and play things are fine (USB keys,
camera, iPod).

Thanks

Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
I had the same or a similar problem, I pointed it to C:\Windows
and just let it trawl through it and it installed all the needed
drivers. Are you saying that after you did this to
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore that they still don't work?

They work OK.

It's just that it seems a very backward step to have to go through
this clunky ritual for devices that are recognised automatically by
Windows XP. The drivers are clearly present in the Driverstore
folder, but Vista doesn't seem to know that!
Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have
failed to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from
the manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore, Vista installs a driver for a
USB mass storage device. It then requests another driver, and
when pointed to the Driverstore again, Vista recognises a Disk
drive. And yet once more, whereupon it installs a Generic
volume and declares the device installed.

Any clues as to what may be wrong?

[Running Vista Business on an HP nx7400 laptop - labelled as
Vista capable BTW.]
 
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Don

Frazer said:
Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have failed
to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from the
manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore...

Your C:\windows\inf\INFCACHE.1 is corrupted and should be deleted.
You will need to edit its file permissions to give Full Control to
the Users group before you will be allowed to delete it.
 
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Guest

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you a million times thank you. I've been trying
to install usb mass Storeage for two days.

Phil


exeter said:
I've got Vista Business and am trying to get it to recognise a generic 4 port
USB hub. No luck at all, even if I search for the driver in C:\Windows. It
just says the best driver is already installed, and then proceeds to say the
device is not recognised.

So annoying! Any tips? Other plug and play things are fine (USB keys,
camera, iPod).

Thanks

Frazer Jolly Goodfellow said:
I had the same or a similar problem, I pointed it to C:\Windows
and just let it trawl through it and it installed all the needed
drivers. Are you saying that after you did this to
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore that they still don't work?

They work OK.

It's just that it seems a very backward step to have to go through
this clunky ritual for devices that are recognised automatically by
Windows XP. The drivers are clearly present in the Driverstore
folder, but Vista doesn't seem to know that!
Several USB storage devices (3 flash drives and 2 external disk
drives) that were recognised automatically by Windows XP have
failed to be recognised by Vista. Vista requests a driver from
the manufacturer's CD which, of course, doesn't exist.

I can work around it thus:
Tell Vista to look for a driver in
C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore, Vista installs a driver for a
USB mass storage device. It then requests another driver, and
when pointed to the Driverstore again, Vista recognises a Disk
drive. And yet once more, whereupon it installs a Generic
volume and declares the device installed.

Any clues as to what may be wrong?

[Running Vista Business on an HP nx7400 laptop - labelled as
Vista capable BTW.]
 
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Guest

You are a life saver. I was very frustated and disappointed on not being able
to use the usb device I recently bought, but your assistance and
recommendation worked well. Once again, thank you.
 
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user245470

i had this problem and advanced windows care v2 caused the problem went back
and did a resotre before the use of this program and everything worked good.
BEWARE of advanced windows care v2 for vista BEWARE
 
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