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    Vista problem finding flash drive drivers


    by tomnahas ·

    I am trying to use a flash drive (PNY) on a Vista pc and it sees the device but tries to load drivers and fails. Checked PNY support and they say it should already have all the drivers it needs. I take this same drive to another IDENTICAL pc and it works fine. Intel D975XBX2 board, core 2 duo, 4gb ram, Vista Ultimate. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    • #2613677


      by tomnahas ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers


    • #2605533

      Re: Vista problem finding flash drive drivers.

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      Make sure all you have all the updates for your system of vista. Go to the motherboard web site to make sure you have the up to date drivers for vista, if not then download them and install them.
      I hope this works for you.

    • #2478510

      USB Flash Drive Problems

      by eric_diegs ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      I had encounter the same problem today. I resolved the problem by doing this steps:
      1. First search for usbstor.*, make a copy in in the folder of your choice.
      2. Plug-in your usb flash drive, let windows search for the driver. If this does not work, try the next step.
      3. Go to device manager then use the update driver option then search for the usbstor.sys file. Choose Allow if it ask you to install it. If it still doesn’t work, the step # 4.
      4. Open registry editor then go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\USBSTOR ” change the value of START to 3 if it is set to 4. do the same for the following reg keys: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\USBSTOR” and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\USBSTOR
      when your done doing this, repeat step no. 3.

      Hope this works…


    • #2624056

      Fix for USB devices and flash drives not showing in VISTA!

      by satpats ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      I had this same problem. After 2 days of searching found info that may help.
      info at:

      Basic points are some bug in Vista. You have to delete some file and presto it should work.

      Apparently there is some bug with Vista where you can get a corrupt driver cache file and if you delete it then it will solve all these problems.
      The culprit file is called INFCACHE.1 and it’s located in c:\windows\inf. I discovered this on a newsgroup post. This is the relevant parts:

      “The solution to this annoying problem (I had it on one PC), seems to be to locate and delete the file INFCACHE.1, which may be corrupted and causing the problem. To delete this file, you will first have to modify its permissions so the users group can access it (right-click on the file->Properties->Security). INFCACHE.1 file. It’s located at C:\Windows\inf (scroll down to the file). (Note: to see INFCACHE.1, you must set Windows Explorer to display hidden and system files)

      When modify these system files, i usually find i have to take ownership first for my own user account, then add myself to the permissions with full control. then you can delete it, or rename it to X_INFCACHE.1, etc.”

      Hope it works.

    • #2481085

      Vista can’t find and install USB flash disk driver

      by czechmate1976 ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      I have a similar problem. My Vista can’t find and istall the USB flash drive driver automatically. It only tells me of a new hardware and opens a window for installing the driver. So every time I plug in a USB flash disk I have to browse to System32 folder and install the driver from there. Everything had been fine before. It all started when I installed drivers for my new Wacom tablet, which asks for reinstalling every now and then as well. So I guess there is a conflict but I can’t figure out how to put it all back in order. Any tips?

    • #3319993

      One Fast Solution I’ve Found.

      by r.sluber ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      1. Go to Device Manager (Control Panel > System > Device Manager [Task on the left] );
      2. Search for a “Unknow device” that should be appearing with an interrogation mark next to it.
      3. Right click and choose “Update Driver Software”
      4. Choose the 2nd option, “Browse my computer for driver software”
      5. Choose the option “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”
      6. Choose Storage devices or mass storage devices, something like that.
      7. Then choose the driver for “Generic Volume”.
      8. The USB drive should be installed and ready for use =).

    • #2657206

      New Vista machine would not recognize flash drive

      by hansvy ·

      In reply to Vista problem finding flash drive drivers

      I just bought an Emachine and it would not recognize my attache 1gb flash drive.
      The forums had many different solutions to this but the simplest seemed to be the one which suggested to make sure that Vista had the latest updates. I went to the Microsoft update site and found that there were about 30 updates and after doing all of them, there was no problem with any of my flash drives. I did not realize that perhaps this new machine bough from best buy may have been sitting around for a while. The moral of the story is when you buy a new computer update the operating system first before doing any other kind of troubleshooting :).

      • #2657727

        You will find that Vista will

        by computercookie ·

        In reply to New Vista machine would not recognize flash drive

        suggest and/or recommend that you update drivers, where as previous OS’s would not automatically alert you to the fact that driver updates were available, regarless of the number of times you scanned for available updates!!!!!!!!!

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