[mswindowsxp] Re: WinXP is Plug-And-Play? NOT if it is USB!!!

  • From: Joe Parker <joeparker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:37:09 -0500

Sounds more like a rant than a question, but there are only two types of 
USB ports: powered and unpowered. You've learned the same early USB lesson 
we all did: Get a powered USB hub and keep it where you can reach it.

I too have seen windows suddenly install devices that were previously 
connected just fine and were working well.

>   All of a sudden my WinXP Pro just "forgot" about the install I
>had done months ago for a Lexar USB Combo Digital Film reader.
>In addition - it wouldn't let me re-install the device with it
>plugged into the USB port.  A real pain in the butt because the
>reader is plugged into the back of the machine and the machine is
>buried between and behind some furniture and so it is a major
>headache to unplug it.
>   It seems it HAD to have the driver re-installed and the system
>rebooted with the device NOT attached to the system in order for
>the install of the software to complete correctly.  Then when I
>plugged in the combo reader it came up and everything ran just
>   And, of course, because I was "fishing" the USB connections
>down back behind the furniture it had to "reinstall" all of
>the other USB devices.
>   So can anyone explain to me why a USB device install cares
>which USB port it is plugged into?  I thought the "U" was for
>"Universal" ... HAH!!!

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