Your comments has nothing to do with whether Windows detects whether a device has been connected to a computer or not. That is the responsibility of the operating system. Your comments have to do with whether JAWS does or does not read windows and elements that appear on the screen. JAWS is programmed to read all sorts of information that does not appear on the screen, for example, when a list appears on the screen in a Web page. JAWS will tell you that you are now on a list and how many items are in the list. Likewise, JAWS will tell you when you reach the end of the list. JAWS also does this for frames and other elements To a person who can see, it is obvious for them to determine that a number of related things appearing underneath each other constitutes a list, whereas, a box surrounding text or graphics is a frame, even if they might call the frame a box. So, therefore, if you plug an external device into a USB port and Windows does not detect the device, for what ever reason, no window appears, so there is nothing for JAWS to read to you. Sincerely: Dave Durber ----- Original Message ----- From: Gene To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 5:22 PM Subject: JAWS detecting hardware et al Dave, I have had more than one occasion when JAWS has not detected something but the computer has. I have also had JAWS read text on the screen that was not visible to a sighted person. For example, of late, I've had JAWS reading in a dialogue box concerning my wireless connection that doesn't seem to be there for a sighted person. James, I realize this may be "off topic", but JAWS and hardware must work together and I know that isn't always true.