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Acer 3100 laptop running windows xp, my USB ports are not working

You can see a thumb drive plugged in, and then it goes away, you can go to my computer, and see the device, but it won't read it. Is this a driver issue?

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  • gwenbradleya May 17, 2009

    Hey, I still have the problem, guess I didn't make myself clear- The USB ports are seeing any device, and then they are not. They just blink off and on, and will not recognize them????

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No my repair shop see's this alot. All my employee's use thumb drives religously in our shop. I see this happen often esp if it gets used alot. I have even seen this happen when its removed while shutting down the PC. It is possible to attempt to reformat the thumb drive. If you unsuccessful, get a new thumb drive.

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