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Drive not recognised

I am trying to install the LaCie drive on my XP system laptop using a Belkin Firewire Notebook Adapter F5U513 IEE1334. The PCMCIA is also used by a wireless card( obviously not at the same time ) on inserting the Belkin card it seems to recognise and shows a 2nd IEE1334 device which it states to be working properly. Plugging the LaCie drive into the Belkin card it fails to recognise the drive. The drive is working properly as it has been used in another PC it just does not seem to work in conjunction with the Belkin adapter. Any thoughts appreciated.

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Re: Drive not recognised

Try re-mounting your drive after a fresh re-boot of your computer. If the drive came with the manufacture's software to allow it to communicate with your computer, then try removing this software from your system and re-installing it again. This will repair a corrupt driver or I/O program. Try using the drive with a new or different firewire cable. Other users have reported this drive working again after replacing the cable.

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