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USB Drivers must re-install every time when i plug in my USB Device

I use mostly an external usb hard-disk, a bluetooth device and a flash-disk on my usb ports. I never plug them off, because i need them everytime. And when i restart or turn on my notebook, i must re-install my usb drivers. I open my device manager and right click to the device. There is an exclamation mark on the driver. When i re-install it, works fine. What can be my problem. I used different os to solve it, but i want to use my XP Professional sp2 on my laptop.

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SOURCE: Sound driver problem in LG GS50-6EA2 laptop. OS:-Windows XP SP2

Dear Sshal88

In order to let your sound device work again You have to follow the below instruction:

Start - Right click on My Computer - Properties
You will see many tabs, You have to Click on "Hardware"
Now, Click "Device Manager"

You are in the Device Manager and you see a full list now, go down to find "Sound, video and game controllers" - on the one that mentions the yellow mark, right click and hit uninstall.

Now that the device is uninstalled successfully, you have to click up on the right hand "Scan for Hardware Changes", it will re-install the sound device automatically. You will see on the tray bar on your right hand-down, Your software is installed and ready for use.

Restart your computer, and here we go, it works :)

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