There is an issue with USB ports. In one instance, whenever a USB stick is inserted, you can see it being recognised under Disk drives for a second, and then it immediately is re-recognised as a new USB Mass Storage Device with a problem yellow exclamation mark and a Code 31 in details. Re & Re drivers, tried several different brands of USB sticks on all available ports, and all ports respond the same with the same problem. Re & Re the USB controllers and repeated process. Same result. The USBSTOR has the devices within it's catalog.
In the Properties>General tab the description appears correct:
Device Type=USB Mass Storage Device,
Manaufacturer = Capatible USB storage device
Location (in this example) = Location 0 (v100*) *v100 is a HP USB stick
Checked support with Windows and explored the MS FixIts as well. The oddity here is that the Apple iTunes has no problem connecting via USB to iPod, and SDs can be seen and addressed on the multi-card reader (USB on multi-card reader gives the same problem).
I don't see any issues from the security and defence softwares, nor with the firewall (software).
Also checked BIOS setup for possible conflicts with hardware setup.
Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Service Pack 3
used on ASUS MB with UTD BIOS and working drivers, save the USB issue.
Any ideas would be much appreciated! Also, I am still curious about the "##?#" symbols! It's the first time I've come across them.
Edited by Den383, 16 May 2013 - 07:01 PM.