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Non Ms-update Method To Locate Usb Drivers


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#1 Artulyn

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:09 PM

I recently purchased an Adata PD17 2G flash drive, it was supposed to work with both Win98 and XP. I was able to get Win98 drivers from the company's website, but they insisted that XP had the required drivers. I've found that whenever I plug it in I get "unknown device" icon in the device manager instead of a disk drive icon. Like I did with my late, great PNY 1G flash drive. I haven't run update since Oct 2004 when I got rid of my ISP to keep my nephews from infecting my computer with stuff while web surfing.

I've spent hours poking around the Microsoft website but everything I've found requires that the computer be hooked up to the internet. Is there an alternate way of downloading the USB updates I need to a disk to install offline? Or do I have sign up for a trial service to get the flash drive working?

Actually now that I think about it, it's never been updated, the hard drive died in Nov 2006 and I did a fresh install of XP on another drive and never bothered updating it since there was no longer a security risk. It's WinXP build 2600 IIRC.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:46 PM

Does it show in Disk Management? Has it been formatted?
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#3 Artulyn

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:59 PM

It works perfectly on the library computers and I've already stored info on it. I just can't access it from my home computer. I shows up under USB devices when it's recognized. I haven't checked to see if it shows up under drives. There is a formatting software tool on the Adata website but I'm pretty sure it's just for Win98. I'll double check on that though. Either way this is damn inconvient. I'm still not sure how to get it 'activated' without an ISP. I'm trying to remember if it'll dial an 800 number or not, it's been six years since I first installed it.

I did find an accidental work-around. Yesterday I installed updated Iomega drivers for my USB Zip-100 drive and after using it I tried the flash drive in the same spot. Nothing happened until I pulled it out, then I got a message about "Appsvr" or something like that needing to be shut down. I got curious and plugged it back in before telling it not to send a message to Microsoft. It then recognized the flash drive. I've been able to repeat this and after rebooting if I pull it out and plug it back in a few times it's recognized. Go figure. :thumbsup:




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