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    Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    As of today, my system no longer recognizes when I connect my digital camera (Minolta G500) to the USB cable to upload photos. Up until yesterday, an Explorer window would open and I could select the photo sand move them to the desktop system. I tried adding new hardware but Windows finds nothing new. I tried manually adding the camera device buyt this camera (in fact nothing Minolta) is in the list provided AND there isn't any driver on the manufacturer CD. What happened? How can I fix this glitch?

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    First, I'd strongly recommend that you back up your system and install SP-2. Then use Windows Update and at a minimum get all the critical fixes. Second, look here for an autoplay repair utility JSI Tip 6952. AutoFix freeware can fix problems with Windows XP Autoplay.

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    I have all the latest updates. Have been holding off on SP2 because I really don't need the firewall functionality and there have been too many stories of problems. I tried running the AutoFIx but it didn't do anything for me. When it asked me to make sure the device (camera) was plugged in but Windows didn't show the device.

    I have a USB Flash drive. I plugged that in and get the same problem, nothing recognized. This was in the front USB ports of the system. SO I tried the rear USB ports. Same problem. So one might think that the USB interface might be bad. But I have a printer plugged into a rear USB port and it is recognized and working fine. I tried rebooting but that didn't change anything.

    Looks like I may have to try installing SP2 or rebuilding Windows, sigh.

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    I tried to install SP2 to see if it would help fix the problem. WHAT A TRAVESTY! How Microsoft stays in business putting out crap updates like this is beyond me.

    I closed everything down and took a Ghost backup prior to trying the install. The install (on Athlon 2500+ overclocked to 2200 MHz on ECS N2U400-A mobo) was very slow. There was a long period of about 10-15 minutes when the install didn't provide any progress window and didn't seem to be doing anything. Finally a window popped up and the install progressed. I went to eat dinner checking periodically. At some point the install froze the system. Keyboard didn't work but I could move the mouse. Did C-A-D. Nothing was running in the processes window and CPU was in idle mode. I had to hard power off. When I rebooted, Windows told me that SP2 was partially restored and I had to deinstall it (although the system seemed to be working and the ABOUT screen on Explorer said "SP2". I decided to try the Ghost 9.0 restore from bootup using the Ghost CD. Of course, Symantec being one of the other great evil companies, the CD took about 3 minutes to initialize and then failed with an "unexpected error". So no Ghost restore.

    Rebooted and went through the Windows SP2 backout. That worked, again SLOWLY I might add, but I lost my I/O card drivers (which had to be reinstalled), my mouse driver (Cirque) and the screen resolution was set to 800 x 600 (I normally run 1280 X 1024 on a 19" CRT). I reinstalled all the drivers and restored my resolution and icon layout (lucky I have a program that does this in one click since i have something like 50 icons on screen).

    The one plus was the original problem is now solved. When I plug in my camera to the USB port, an Explorer window now comes up allowing me to copy the photos from the camera to the hard drive. Whew. Think I'll wait for the SP3 release! Don't want to go through this BS again.

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    Well, I'm sorry you had so much difficulty with SP-2. Did you try to use Windows Update to install it? That seems to be where most of the problems crop up. Did you follow the instruction here Windows XP Service Pack 2 concerning what to do before installing SP-2. Also, I'd recommend either ordering a CD (completely <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>) or looking here Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals and downloading the what MS says is for installation of multiple machines. You should also look here Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) for many more helpful links.

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    I used the CD.

    For something as big and apparently problem riddled as SP2, MS should have issued a new Windows CD to everyone with the new functionality and fixes already integrated. Then everyone could do a Windows refresh and probably not have all the problems that one can find in every forum all over the net.

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    Re: Won't recognize device (Windows XP SP1)

    Once again, sorry that you had problems with the install. And yes, you can look in many places and see problems. But, see Mark's <post#=455093>post 455093</post#> about SP-2 problems.

    1.) Note that if you have an OEM installed version of XP, the vendor could have 'added functionality' that could present problems with SP-2 that there is no way MS could know about. Also, the vendor not MS is responsible for OS support. The OEM is supposed to provide guidance on installing a service pack.
    2.) Relatively quickly OEMs and retail outlets had the integrated version available. For existing installations it is quicker to release the service pack only. Additionally, there is no way MS knows everyone who has XP installed. Multi-channel distribution is the fastest way to get the service pack out and installed.
    3.) IMO, the vast majority of users do not want to refresh Windows. They don't want to take the time or are too nervous. Reinstalling an OS is not a trivial task especially for the novice or average PC user.

    BTW, if you wish to create a CD with SP-2 in it look at Google Search: slipstream xp sp-2.

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