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Usb installation cannot install to my hard drive to transfer pics

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Re: usb installation

· go to my computer > click on hardware tab >
click on device manager button > in the is next screen on the bottom should have>>universal serial bus controllers
(write these down just in case it cant find them)
right click on them and uninstall
reboot let windows reinstall them

· Also told Microsoft hotfix causes this problem try uninstalling the last hotfix

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Re: usb installation

I have a handycam (DCR-TRV18) BUT I lost my USB DRIVER CDROM. So I want to get the USB driver for connecting it to my PC. Thanks

Posted on May 12, 2009

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