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#1 tony o flanagan

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:28 PM

I am trying to open a 1Gb flash drive on my laptop.
When i open"computer" it doe's not show with my
other devices When I open "devices and printers"
it shows it is working normally.I would appreciate
any help with this issue


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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:46 PM

I don't know that I can help, probably can't, but had a thought that I figured wouldn't hurt to mention.
It might help to know what version of Windows, if it's Windows, you are running.
This may be totally unrelated but, I just recently bought a new computer with Windows 7. I have a 4Gb flash drive that I could not get to work on it. It's a few years old. I had to look it up and found out that the software ON the flash drive wasn't compatible with Windows 7. So I had to use the flash drive on an XP machine, go to SanDisk's website(maker of my flashdrive) and update the software on it. Took me a while to find all that info but there were step by step instructions for doing so and now, it works on my new computer.
Your issue may not be similar but I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:19 AM

Your flash drive might not have a drive letter.

Type the following into the Start Menu, and hit Enter:

diskmgmt.msc

Maximize this Disk Management window, and look for something like "Disk 1" that is smaller than your hard drive (disk 0). The size should be listed.

Notice how I have a drive letter G: for this flash drive:
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And notice how this one has no drive letter:
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In the second image, this flash drive will not show up under Computer because no drive letter is assigned to it.

To add a drive letter, right-click the flash drive's partition:
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and click "Change Drive Letter and Paths".

Next, click Add:
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And choose the drive letter you want to use (I'm using F):
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Click OK.

Now my flash drive shows up in Computer with the drive letter F.

Let me know if this solves your problem or not. :)

Edited by keyboardNinja, 29 March 2011 - 01:20 AM.

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#4 tony o flanagan

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:02 PM

I tried your suggestion using diskmgmt .It showed up my hd with a letter my external hd with a letter
and my dvd drives. It did not show my flash drive so I went back to "devices and printers" to
check for more information. It showed 3 locations devices, printers and unspecified. Its located
under unspecified with a name-flash drive and a category-unknown. I took a screen captures
using ms word but was not permitted to use this type of file.I noticed you your attachments
which cleary demonstrates what to look for. If I could send some attachments maybe it would help
regards tony128


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:51 PM

Hmmm...that would indicate a driver problem, meaning the computer can't communicate with the flash drive at all (i.e. the device is "unknown").

Actually, there is this handy utility in Windows 7 called Snipping Tool. Search for it at the Start Menu. You can select an area of the screen to capture, then save the image to the Desktop and attach it in your next reply.

What is the brand of the flash drive? Normally Windows 7 doesn't have any problems installing drivers for flash drives, but if it is a particularly old model or something, I suppose there could be problems.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:49 PM

I have manage to get all the relevant detail (i think!) on to a .png
as you can see its a Realteck usb card reader .I have never heard
of this type of device .it belongs to a friend who uses it to watch pics
on his tv and as asked me to dl some. when your watching "computer"
the hd eu2 is my external hd
regards tony128


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:58 PM

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:12 PM

Yes, that is because the device is not recognized.

Please do the following so we can get more information about your system: Publish a Snapshot using Speccy
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:06 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/NGILPMiQSufKG4t8Mkhj8J4










is this ok




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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:29 PM

I see somethings that need to be fixed. I would suggest that you run the Norton Removal Tool to rid the system of Norton, I would remove Tune UP Utilities. I would also upgrade to Windows 7 SP1, and check for chipset drivers at Acer's website.

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:51 PM

Norton components removed
Windows 7 SP 1 installed
Acer Chipset installed
Can't seem to find Tune Up Utilities searched Revo Uninstaller
and Contral Panel Uninstaller any ideas





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