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Have the ports ever worked? Have you opened the computer icon to see if the flash drive is being detected- but maybe not auto-starting? Also, if a drive is inserted (Windows system), you ought to see the "safely remove hardware" icon appear on your taskbar, near the clock. Clicking on the icon ought to show you the drive by name & drive letter.
Lastly, right-click Computer>properties>device manager>expand disk drives>if your flash drive is shown here, highlight it & uninstall the device. Remove the flash drive, then reinsert it. Windows will reinstall the driver & this may allow it to recognize the drive again.
MS Windows Users<br /> 1.Connect the USB flash drive to an empty USB port on your computer. <br />Depending on your computer, there can be USB ports on the back, side or front. The flash drive can also be connected to an external port hub device. Once you connect it, the computer will automatically recognize it as a removal device.<br /> 2.Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop. You should see your USB flash drive's icon listed together with other removal devices on your computer.<br /> 3.Double-click the flash drive's icon to open the flash drive window and <br />reveal the contents saved on it. Locate the file you want to download to the <br />flash drive from its current location on your computer and right-click it. Click "Copy."<br /> 4.Right-click an empty spot on the flash drive window and click "Paste" to download the file to the flash drive.<br /> 5.Close the flash drive when you are done. Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the system tray. A new window will open. Left-click the flash drive and click "Stop." A message will pop-up indicating that it is safe to remove the device from the computer. Disconnect the USB flash drive from the computer (or external hub).<br /> <br />Mac Users<br /> 1.Connect the USB flash drive to an empty USB port on your computer. The computer will automatically recognize the device and display its icon on the desktop.<br /> 2.Double-click the flash drive icon on the desktop to open its window and <br />reveal the contents on it.<br /> 3.Locate the file you want to download to the flash drive from the location <br />where you have it saved on your computer and right-click it. Click "Copy."<br /> 4.Right-click an empty spot on the flash drive window and click "Paste" to download the file to the flash drive. Close the flash drive window when you are done and drag the flash drive icon to the trash can to safely eject it from the computer.
Sometimes when a flashmemory stick or USB external hard drive fails because it was not removed fromthe USB port properly. If the device is removed byjust pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, youmust click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select thedevice you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so
When the flash memoryUSB hard drive device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restoreit by reformatting it. Insert the flash or USB hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - AdministrativeTools - Computer Management - Disk Management.
Then right click on Disk 1removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted itwill indicate that it is Healthy.
Sometimes when a flash memory stick fails because it was not removed from the USB port properly. If the device is removed by just pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, you must click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select the device you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so. When the flash memory device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restore it by reformatting it. Insert the flash drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Healthy. You need to format the external drive. Format the drive as primary drive and in FAT32. (FAT32 will allow data to be exchanged between MACs and PCs). Insert the external hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Health
Try going into the device manager then scrolling down to the bottom where it says sound, video and game controllers and see if your sound card is listed? If it is right click and select remove. Once removed reboot the PC and the sound drivers should automatically reload to factory settings. If they dont and the sound card is not detected then it may be a problem with the card itself. Might need replacing.
User name and password on windows? is it administrator so you cannot log in? if yes you have to format it the hard drive or use ERD commander or any program that can break the password, if it is Bios password you have to reset it from the board.
An option that you could do is to plug the flash drive in the back of the computer. The reason is because flash drives derive power from the USB port itself unlike other usb devices that you are using may have their own power or because the USB port in front does not give as much power as the one from the back.
Acer eLock Management
Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your removable data, optical and floppy
drives to ensure that data cannot be stolen while your notebook is unattended.
Removable data devices - includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives,
USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be
mounted as a file system when plugged into the system.
Optical drive devices - includes any kind of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives.
�� Floppy disk drives - 3.5-inch disks only.
�� Interfaces - includes serial ports, parallel port, infrared (IR), and Bluetooth.
To activate Acer eLock Management, a password must be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the
devices. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain locked after rebooting,
You can try this:
You can reset the system to its default settings (all devices unlocked) by removing the password (leave the password fields blank when changing the password).
You also may be able to simply uninstall the e-lock software in add remove programs.
Is there an icon in your system tray that may allow you to disable e-lock?