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Constantly 'Finding Hardware'

My 1 month old Inspiron has started 'finding hardware' at random. It brings up an icon in the tray saying hardware has been found (as it would when you connect for example an ipod). However it also disappears within seconds - not enough time to click into the icon and see the name of whatever it is finding. It occurs especially if the laptop is being moved but not exclusively. This problem of course occurs when nothing is actually connected to the laptop and I have made sure the power cable is firmly connected.

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On  Windows XP right clic on My Computer, clic on Properties --> Hardware --> Device Manager , identify the "New" unknown hardware, it gotta be under a big yelloy question mark, once identified you can right clic on it and clic "Disable" or if it happens to be a necesary device, look for its drivers and install it.
Good Luck!!!!!

Posted on Feb 24, 2009


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