I have a targus mp3 reader writer with scan disc everytime i hook it to my pc it tells me hardware id missing windows cant identify device plugged into mass storage device and to contact manufacturer. what can i do to solve the problem? not getting much help from manufacturer
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I suspect that the "Portable Media Serial Number Service" local service is not running.
You can check this by opening the Control Panel<AdministrativeTools<Services. Look for the above service and make sure it is running. If not set it for "Automatic" and click the "Apply" button, then "Start" by right clicking the service and click "Properties".
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The light flashing when wiggled sounds like your USB connection is intermittent, and your key is made unusable (as if you had pulled it without stopping first) until you reformat it. Try it in another USB port. See if you can tell whether it is the computer side or the key side that is flaky. Could be at the port inside the computer case. Fix or replace whichever is bad.
Another solution is to download and install Microsoft Virtual PC in XP, create a Virtual PC drive, and install Windows 98 onto the Virtual PC drive. This works fine if you want to run Win 9X programs which don't require access to USB ports on your computer. If you need Windows 98 to have full access to all of the computer hardware, then use palaboy's solution.
connect the card reader to your pc thro the cable provided or thro usb port on the cpu... insert the card in the reader... go to my computer , there you ll find the removable device option to browse your card... you can copy and paste the files needed into that drive..
Typically, if you have a USB flash stick and are using windows, it works as a plug and play device. IE - when you plug it it - windows will automaticall detect it and you will see - on the tray by your clock in lower right hand of screen - something along the lines of "new hardware detected" then to actually use the stick - go into my computer - and you should see a new drive listed under "Drives with Removable storage" this will be the drive where you save thing that you want saved on the stick.
You might want to format it...If it doen't format as well then it has developed bad sectors..I dont want you to have a brain blast by telling you too much..but let me know whether its formatting or not..
I/0 error, IS AN INPUT/OUTPUT ERROR. this device is formatted as FAT32 as it is usable on all OS. however if you formatt it to the faster, safer NTFS format, it will only work on 2000, XP etc. so firstly is the device being "seen" by windows? as in does the plug and play connect device sound play? or the green arrow and card icon appera in the bottom left corner? if it doesnt your computer may not have a mass storage device installed, or a driver for it, go into your device managment and click rescan plug and play and if nothing comes up click, view hidden devices, and select the correct driver, by either manually selecting the mass storage or Hdd driver or letting windows find one on the net or locally. if this still doesnt fix things, be aware that external HDD us ealot of power, and some USB ports dont give enough power for the HDD to wind up enough speed to operate. try using a different port, 2.0 not 1.0 as i have found power draw issues with 1.0 USB and/or get a shorter, foot long or less cable.