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I connected the external floppy drive to a USB hub which in turn is connected directly to a USB port on my Dell desktop which runs Windows XP Home Edition 64 bit version and the drive just runs and will not operate. I also connected the external floppy drive to another Dell desktop, directly to a USB port, and the external floppy drive operated correctly on the other desktop which runs Windows Vista Home Edition. Are there any settings that need to be changed on the desktop computer that runs Windows XP Home Edition 64 bit version? Or must the external floppy drive be connected directly to a USB port on the computer instead of to a USB hub?

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Yes, the external floppy drive must be connected directly to a USB port on the computer instead of to a USB hub.The PC can't see the drive thru the USB hub. Applies to both 32 and 64 bit.

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