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Xp Media Stopped Recognizing 2 Seperate Mp3 Players

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#1 tsmitty


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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:05 AM

Ok, I've had this computer for about 5 years now and used 1 of the MP3 players for 3 years, the other MP3 player for about a year. They worked fine up until about 2 months ago. When you plug them the computer "sees them"; however, it won't recognize them. IE, under "my computer" I can see that they are there, but I cannot transfer files to them.

On the other hand both my camera's(photo and vid) will download onto the comp. I did not downloan anything, intentionally, prior to this condition.

On a side note, I have an aborted Windows re-install that I'd like to get rid of(happened years ago). Every time I restart I have to select whether I want to run the aborted install version, or the correct one. It's more of a hassle then a problem, but I just found this site and thought I'd throw it out there.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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#2 tsmitty

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:45 AM

Forgot to add, the two mp3 players are different brands and run on different software, and I've tried re-installing the software.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 10:48 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

To get rid of the 2d aborted install...you just have to edit the boot.ini file.

The reason that this has to be done is that the boot.ini file takes an inventory of all Windows installations (or attempted installations). To eliminate the entry for an install that did not complete...is an ordinary step that some users have to take.

Actually, we can also accomplish this cleanup by using msconfig, rather than direct editing of the boot.ini file.

Sample Boot.ini File
This is a sample of a default Boot.ini file from a Windows XP Home computer.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home" /fastdetect

If you go Start/Run...type in msconfig...click the boot.ini tab...and look in the window, you should see something close to what is above. Your entry will also have another line which may appear to be a duplicate of the last line above under Operating Systems.

The boot.ini tab has a button about midscreen which says "Check all boot paths." Press that button.

Better guidance than I can provide is found at http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm .

Let us know how it goes :flowers:.

Now, for the USB situation.

Have you verified that all of your USB ports work? I mean...have you switched known working devices...to other USB slots...to see if the slot itself may be the problem?

You say that these items appear under My Computer...can you see the contents (or lack thereof) for each device? Can you remove anything from the drives? If there is an error message of any sort, please post it.


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Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:01 AM

Sorry, should have already posted this. I have tried switching the USB port, and the ports themselves work fine.

I'll have to double check from home, but I believe that I cannot see or remove any data from these devices either.

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