“one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it”
December 27, 2011 11:13 AM Subscribe
I'm getting the following message: “one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it”
I post the message not because it is informative about the problem but because it's the recurring symptom. It occurs sometimes when I plug in a device, but even more often on devices that have been connected for some time. If I ignore it, the device might even start working again. (Most annoying are the message that tell me I have to reformat the device as I am afraid the cat will walk by and click on OK and wipe out my data.)
The most "interesting" analysis online suggested that some kind of timeout for a device that hasn't been used in "a while" tells the system to "renew" which fails and results in the message. This may even be true, but who knows?
posted by Obscure Reference to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
It might be hopeless. There are pages of google hits for this message with suggestions including reinstall the drivers, power off for an hour, downgrade all the ports to usb 1 by changing the registry. One of the pages I consulted, in the comment section had the following:
None of these recommendations work for most cases. Just do an internet search and view all of the users having this same problem with laptops and desk top computers.
Is it a coincidence that so many computers are all having USB failures? Strange that Device Manager always says the USB contollers are working but its the device plugged in that is not recognized and supposedly failed. Okay, but why do the same devices work when plugged into a different computer?
Clean re-installation of Windows 7 does not fix the problem. Unplugging and taking out the battery also useless. Sure seems to be an OS problem that simply fails to identify any USB device and then fails to apply the correct driver. Hundreds of suggestions are on numerous threads addressing this issue but everything appears to be simply shots in the dark without any real definitive answer!
And so I turn to you, in my despair. Win 7 home 64 bits. Please hope me!