I seem to have the same turn on/charge problem as many other people. However, I am running Vista and I thought it would be detected automatically as plug-and-play. It's been plugged in via USB for about 20 hours now and nothing seems to be happening other than that blinking blue light. I'm out of ideas and out of patience. Someone please help.
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It should be able to automatically detect and install it. Try using it on another computer that has either Windows XP, Vista , or Windows 7 on it. If it doesn't automatically detect and install it on that one then the flashdrive is dead.
Do you have any CD's thatcame with your laptop? If so, look for one that has "Diagnostics and utilities"listed under the "Contents". You will have to boot from that CD disk. To dothis, power on your laptop and tap the key to bring you to the "Onetime boot menu". Insert the CD and then select CD/DVD drive and hit key. Select the "Run the32 Bit Dell Diagnostics". Next select the "Express Test" and see if any errorsare detected. If no errors are reported, then your operating system software isprobably the culprit.The blue screen of death can be caused by hardware or software. If Diags pass you probably have a software issue. If you don't have the resource CD press the key while powering the system on. This will run theDell built-in Diagnostics.
If Windows 7 doesn't automatically detect it and install the drivers, browse the company's website for Vista drivers. If that fails, search Google with your model and drivers on the end. Aside from those solutions you may have to get a new card. Hope it helps!
First installations of Vista some times fail to detect the hardware on older systems, like my Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop. However, after running Windows Update several times automatically detects the missing drivers and installs them automatically.
Try that, if that is your case. Other than that, try uninstalling the device using Device Manager, and immediately reboot the system. Vista will detect the missing hardware and will reinstall it from its list of known drivers. As your last resort, try going to your system's manufacturer's web site and go to the Support page. Most manufacturers have a Drivers Download page.