This is my first time ever posting for help on this website..or any site for that matter..
I can usually figure things out for myself but this problem has me stumped!
I have a Gateway eMachine with Windows XP Media center edition. It has a 3.06Ghz processor & 1-1/2 Gb Ram.
And I have a Canon digital camera which uses SD memory cards.
The problem is that whenever I insert an SD card into the slot (on the front of the computer) to transfer pictures and videos that I've taken with my camera, that small window that always pops up asking me "what I want to do" (like copy pictures to my computer using certain programs in the list) stopped popping up.
This has been going on for more than two months now. I have an idea as to why it stopped recognizing the SD cards and I'll try my best to explain why I think that way.
Roughly about six months ago, I started "slimming down" my system by reducing the amount of processes that were loading up which meant freeing up memory to speed things up and increase the load-up time. I've spent countless hours researching each and every process that I saw listed in the Windows Task Manager to find out it's importance to determine if I should "mess with it or not" (for lack of better terms).
It used to have 62 processes running (most were pointless and unnecessary) and now I have it slimmed down to only 37 running....and I haven't noticed any "side-effects" from doing all this *except* for this dilemma I'm asking for help about.
I suspect that somewhere along the line, I accidentally removed a process or disabled a service that controlled my computer's ability to recognize the SD cards whenever I popped one in to copy my pictures.
There have been two different ways that I've been slimming down my system.
One way is by going to Start, Run, typing services.msc, then in the list, reading the name and full description to determine "eligibility" (so to speak), then right clicking, going to Properties, then changing the Startup Type from Automatic to Manual (it's possible I might have changed some to Disable but I can't recall now).
The other way is going to Start, Run, typing msconfig, clicking on the Services tab, choosing from the list, then unchecking the box to the left of it to disable it. I also click on the Startup tab to do the same thing there.
Does anyone know of a way to get my computer back to recognizing the SD cards again? Since I think it has something to do with my slimming down my processes, and given the ways that I've been doing that, what exactly would I need to change to reverse my mistake? But then again, could it be something else entirely that's causing this to happen?
Please help this confused soul...I'd be ever so grateful...
P.S. One last thing I forgot to mention is that I have tried connecting my camera to my computer (via Usb cable) but that doesn't work either. Besides, I never did it that way anyway. I always put the cards in the slot and it used to work fine.