Apr 18, 2009
I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but I thought I'd post it anyway. I recently upgraded to Vista Home Premium 64. It's not an upgrade disk but a full version on a DVD with SP1 (so I upgraded in the sense that I'm not using XP anymore). There are a couple of annoying things that keep happening.
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First, Vista isn't recognizing USB devices, specifically my Ipod, my thumb drive, and my external HDD. They don't even come up in Windows or Disk Management. It's like they're connected (my external HDD has the power led on, but no activity) but invisible. I can't figure out any way to force Windows to see them. Is there any way to do that? Is there a problem with my USB drivers?
The only surefire way to get my Ipod recognized is to attach it first, without opening any other programs, after a start-up or a re-start. If I start my computer and work on it for a while and decide to attach a USB device, Windows doesn't see it at all. Obviously, re-starting each time I want to plug in a plug-n-play device is unacceptable.