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Can't see any devices in Device Manager - XP


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#1 amaa

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:37 AM

I can't see any devices when I open Device Manager. I see the computer name at the top and now devices. I have tried to see hidden devices and have also tried serves Plug and Play to make sure that was properly set up . Any deas how to fix this?

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:01 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Can you post a screenshot of Device Manager, so that we can see whatever it is that you cannot see?

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You've tried what is suggested at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311504?

Edited by hamluis, 25 August 2010 - 11:03 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:44 PM

Did you recently install Service Pack 3?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:29 PM

I already tried http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311504?
As far as screenshot I am not at the PC today but it Has the name of that PC (which is POS) at the top next to the blue computer. Can't expand anything, tried seeing hidden devices, been all over the net for ideas and tried most. Nothing seemed wrong from HJT log when I ran it last night. This has me baffled. I don't have SP3. I have SP2

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 07:43 PM

Try couple of possible fixes:
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/de...empty-or-blank/
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1051715405

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:45 AM

tried all deices in msconfig, plug and play service is running, and checked privledges in registry ENUM? I still have same issue--- no devices seen

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:31 AM

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

After backing up your registry (you can use Erunt to do this), you might try the script at #107 on the right.

Even though this is considered to be a safe registry edit...it's always wise to back up your registry before attempting any edit, scripted or manual.

ERUNT Registry Backup Tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:48 AM

I'll try 107 tonight and post results tomorrow. nice site!

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:51 AM

Louis,
Backup up and tried tweek u suggested- still can't see any devices????? This is nuts, have tried everything- here is hijack this file if it helps

EDIT: Removed HJT log, not allowed in XP forum ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 28 August 2010 - 10:11 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

System manufacturer and model?

Do you have a MS XP install CD...to attempt either running sfc /scannow command or doing a repair install of XP?

Any other system anomalies readily apparent?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:23 PM

Pc from mother in law - only have own xp from two other pc's. Would they work? Only other problem is slow shut down and can't see network connections like in device mgrp

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:32 PM

If you tell me the system manufacturer and model...I have a better idea of what can be suggested in the way of attempted fixes.

Systems bought from manufacturers like HP, Sony, eMachines, etc...have fewer options than a system that was built or wihich included a copy of the MS XP CD in the purchase.

<<...only have own xp from two other pc's. Would they work?>>

Depends...all disks are not created equal. Recovery/restore CDs are not the same as MS XP install CDs.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:55 PM

Dell dimension. Have reinstall for a Dell laptop, Dell desktop not sure which but not a dimension and my hp disks

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:33 PM

please can anyone help?

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:05 PM

I don't know what else to suggest...if it were me, I'd try a repair install of XP.

I would not use any of the disks you stated that you have.

Louis




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