first of all last week, my pc wouldn't recognise my usb memory stick (normally does?) when my friend (who works professionally with pc's) tried to find out why it wasn't working - just coming up with the message "data invalid" on the install wizard, next minute my keyboard (also usb) wouldn't work. he got my keyboard working again eventually, but now when i start up my pc the install wizard automatically comes up for my keyboard and my webcam? if you go through the wizard my keyboard stops working, but if you click cancel it's fine and my webcam is not being recognised at all.
my printer - i have an "all in one lexmark 2300 series". i can photocopy using the button on the top of the printer, but the scan won't start up that way. i can scan if i go into "my computer" and through the icon there, but everytime i go to print my pc tells me i don't have a printer and when i go into "control panel" and try to go into "printers and faxes" it freezes!
whilst trying to reinstall my drivers for various things, i discovered my D drive won't play cd roms only audio cd's. so i went on the lexmark site and did the drivers from there, but still no joy?
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Re: usb / driver problems
First unplug all the USB devices plugged into your computer except your keyboard. Then reboot. See if your keyboard gives you any problem. Then go into the device manager of control panel and check the USB section. See if there are any red "X" or yellow "!" showing up there which would indicate a USB bus problem. If there is a problem with the USB, delete them all and let windows re-install them. But this may not solve the problem if it is driver corruption. In this case, you should just re-install windows XP over itself.
If there are no problems with the USB drivers, plug the devices back in ONE AT A TIME. I suspect that one of them will cause the problem. If so, it either needs a new driver or it's kaput.
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By DataTraveler you mean a Kingston USB memory stick, correct?
Try plugging it into a different USB port.
If it doesn't, try plugging it into a different computer. Does it work there? If not, then your USB stick has probably failed.
If it works on another computer but not on the first, it probably means that the USB Storage driver software is not loading properly on the first computer. First, restart the computer. Does it work now?
If not, then you probably have to repair or reload the USB storage driver.
copied from Toms Hardware forum
"Go to start menu > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager.
If it's not already expanded, meaning showing the items listed under it, click the arrow next to "Disk drives" and see if it lists a Memory USB Device or something similar. Right click the Memory USB Device, or whatever your memory stick is called, and click "Update driver Software" then click Search Automatically for updated driver software. If that finds something then good, problem might be fixed, if it says "The best driver software for your device is already installed," close that window and right click the drive again and click uninstall then press OK. Then at the top of the window you'll see an icon that looks like a computer with a magnifying glass on it, if you hover over it it will say "Scan for hardware changes" click that and it'll reinstall the drivers."
Please follow the gevin instructions-
1-Insurt the memory stick in USB port of the CPU (USB port available in front and backside of the system)
Note-mainly system detect memort stick automaticaly,some time not detect at that condition go to tme my computer maange option(after right click of the my computer you will be able to see the manage option and go to the device maange and update the USB driver)
2- Copy the data (micro word)
3-Past the data into pen drive (memory stick)
4-disconnect the memory stick
Most memory sticks require you to download a separate driver for use on Windows 98 machines. All driver downloads are free, and you can find a camplatible driver on the website of the manufacturer of your memory stick. For example if your memory stick is a Sandisk, you would go to the sandisk website, click on support, drivers and downloads, select your exact product and select the correct driver from the list provided.
On some memory sticks there simply aren't drivers available for windows 98. Lets hope this isn't the case. If you want me to look for the driver and provide a link, give me the manufacturer and model number of your memory stick and I will be glad to help.