Question about PC Desktops
USBs work fine. I always use them. My printer, Keyboard, and mouse are all hooked to them. They can even download pics form a camra pretty much on its own. But when i plug in a plug and play all I get is an icon that says "safe to remove". In the icon it will even have the name of what i have pluged in. I tried to update my drivers but whan i do i lose control of my mouse and keyboard and have to shut it off the get them back. Its a Dell Optiplex Gx 280. Windows XP
Make sure you have the latest chipset drivers from Dell for the GX280 - Here is the link
If you are still having the problem, look to see if the devices you are using are all the same standard. (i.e. USB 2.0 or 1.1) Are the ones that are successful using the same standard? Are the problem ones the same?
Then look in the device manager under system properties, go to the device manager, then try and determine what the phantom device drive is. You should be able to uninstall or disable it to see if that makes a difference. If it is connected to an onboard card reader or something similar it will reinstall if uninstalled. You can also re-enable it if you find you need it.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 28, 2009
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