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Why USB does not auto-detect devices it should

By donaldjlynch ·
A few weeks age I bought a USB Phillips Web Cam for my Compaq Notebook (Presario X1000) and could not get the thing to work so I uninstalled it.
Ever since then some (most) USB drives I plug in I get the message to load drivers.
I am a tech and have never seen this before on these types of USB devices.
The USB ports work with a Lexar 4gig thumb Flash drive but force the ?Install Drivers? dialog on most other drives including a Sandisk Cruzer Micro 4gig Flash drive.
I know it?s not a brand related problem because my external card reader stopped working
(It was Lexar) and the only one I can get to work now is a Sandisk Image Mate 12 in 1 (and that was only after I loaded the supporting software).
The ports on the notebook are USB 2.0 (I know this for a fact).
The BIOS is up-to-date.
All available Windows XP Pro updates are installed (including any from the custom update selection).
I have removed the device description for the unrecognized drives and tried again
(A number of times).
I have removed all USB ports (from the device manager) and let them reinstall.
I have use a number of tools to clean the registry (like ?RegCure?, ?RegScrubXP?, and ?RegCleaner?).
I have gone to the web sites of the drives not auto recognized and they all say the same thing ?No driver is needed for Windows XP?
All this and I get the same result when I plug in these unrecognized drives.
Any help out there would be greatly appreciated, and it?s ok if the answer is hacking the registry (been there and know that)

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I am having the somewhat the same problem too

by ccs44ca In reply to Why USB does not auto-det ...

OS: Windows XP: home edition with SP2.

The problem I am having is when ever I plug in a previousy unknown thumbdrive or USB device webcam, mouse, keyboard, etc...into my USB port (logged in as administrator), Windows will detect the device but will not auto install the drivers. it will ask me if i would like windows to seach for them or seach for them manually. if i have windows seach for them it will come back with an error that no drivers were found and to manually seach for them. if i manually seach for them i can install the device just fine and if the same device is subsequently plugged in again into any port, it works fine.

why is windows not auto detecting and installing the drivers its self? its acting like how you would have to install things back in the windows 95/98 OS. i have tryed to restall SP2 thinking this might fix it but to no avail. does anyone no how to fix this or how to re-install plug-and-play with out having to reinstall windows.

also, its not some drivers, its for all the drivers i plug into the computer. i doesnt matter what i plug into the usb ports the computer will not auto recognize the drivers. everything that i am talking about are drivers that are on the computer already but it forces me to search for the drivers myself in the c:/windows/system32, i368 folder on the PC its self.

ex: if you take a usb pen driver right now and plug it into your computer your computer will install auto install the "mass hard drivers" /generic volume drivers. if i plug that same ubs pen driver into my computer it will come up with the old windows 95/98 type of "let windows seach for drivers" or "seach for drivers yourself" box... this is not what i want. i want when i plug a generic anything ie: mouse, keyboard, pen drive. for the computer to auto-install the drivers so i dont need click "search for drivers".

also, i have tryed to see if plug-and-play was turned to maunal in the services.msc but it wasnt, it is set to automatic.

sorry if I am confusing but i am looking to be able to change the manual looking for drivers to automatically install the drivers when i plug somthing into the usb port. again, these are all drivers that are already on windows, i am not pluging in some in 1960's webcam made in Madagascar that windows doesnt have the have the drivers for on the OS its self.

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