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This computer is driving me crazy! About a week ago it started not recognizing my flash drive. When I plug the flash drive in to any USB slot it says device not recognized probably defective. I purchased a new flash drive and got the same results. I forgot to menton that the flash drive works fine in my lap top. I have tried the device manager and checking for problems but there are no problems reported. I tried deleting and restarting and still nothing. Any help would be most appreciated!
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I would add that Disk Management can be access in the control panel. Try to manually assign a drive letter to your flash drive. Just right click the drive name for the flash drive and choose the option change drive letter.
I would try and uninstall all your usb ports, and let windows reinstall them. I do this when my crazy cheap webcam screws up my usb ports. You may want to be careful, because your usb stuff will not work untill windows detects it (mouse, keyboard, such).