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How can I figure out what this USB device is?

I've got a Windows laptop computer I'm working on that has a small usb device plugged into it, and I can't tell what it is. It has a little red square with an icon of a six-armed gear, and it's one of those low-profile things that only sticks out a quarter-inch or so. I'd almost think it's a wireless mouse receiver, except that this thing also has a wireless mouse receiver plugged in. Is there a program I can run to tell me what USB devices are plugged in?
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I make a Belkin USB Cable Act Like A Direct Crossover Cable?

I bought a Belkin Easy Transfer USB Cable for Windows 7 thinking it would act much like a direct crossover cable connection would. Instead, it only seems to let me transfer the files and folders needed to set up your old Windows profile on a new copy of Windows, rather than giving me access to all files, folders and partitions, which is what I need. Is there a hack to get this cable to do what I want it to do?
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 27, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I create bootable USB using win 7 USB/DVD download tool?

When using the Microsoft win 7 USB/DVD Download tool, to create a bootable USB drive to install win 7 on my Desktop, I get this error "We were unable to copy your files. please check your USB device and the selected ISO file and try again." How do I fix this? I have tried 2 different USB's and 2 different ISOs
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 22, 2011 - 3 answers

USB FTW WTF?!

How do I make a video autorun from a usb drive in windows 7? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames on Dec 11, 2010 - 6 answers

USB Crashes Windows 7?

Windows 7 x64 desktop gives me a BSOD (blue screen) whenever I insert my USB thumb drive/memory stick. Thumbdrive works fine on all other computers. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Jan 25, 2010 - 6 answers

MouseTrapped! How can I make my mouse load faster in Win 7?

Why is my USB mouse the last item to load when Windows 7 is finished booting up? Sometimes I have to wait while it recognizes external USB drives, and in the meantime, I have no control over my mouse. Is there a way to change the order which my USB devices load? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Dec 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Yes, obviously I should back-up more often.

Did my fiance's computer bork my thumb drive, and what can I do to get my data back? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jul 29, 2009 - 11 answers

Recommend some Windows repair utilities

If you were going to bring a USB drive to repair a bunch of workstations, what are some of the latest Windows XP/Vista repair utilities that you would put on it? [more inside]
posted by purephase on Jun 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Installing Windows 7 on a MBP with a non-working DVD drive

How can I install Windows 7 (via Boot Camp or rEFIt) from an ISO? I think the Superdrive on my Macbook Pro (10.5.6) is on its last legs, because it ejects almost anything I put in it. (Meaning blank DVDs, and the DVD I burned of the ISO on my Windows XP desktop with ImgBurn). It's not extremely old (I got it refurbished on Christmas 2007), but still old enough to be out of warranty (at least I would think so). What I have available: 1tb My Book Firewire External Hard Drive 4gb 1st gen iPod Nano, that isn't even formatted as an iPod right now, so it's basically just a 4gb USB flash drive. I know I can boot from it if it's set up right, because I've been using it with this [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Mar 17, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I stop windows from taking over my portable hard drive

I have a portable usb hard drive that I use for keeping all my documents / backups on. Windows seems to love using this drive for everything, for example I am installing IE7 from windows update, and it is using the drive to hold all the temporary files during the install. Because of this the drive is always in use and I can never eject it. [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Vista 64bit stopped recognizing and connecting to external drives...

Vista 64bit has recently stopped recognizing my iPhone and WD MyBook external HD...please help! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Feb 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Memorex Dual USB driver

I inherited a Memorex Dual USB card reader without a Windows XP driver. It's theoretically available at Memorex's web site but the links throw errors and when I tried to contact support, it generated a MySQL error (surprise, surprise). All of the various drivers sites I could find simply link back to Memorex's faulty site. Does anyone have this driver? It's probably in a form like "Dualreader.exe" rather than a zip archive.
posted by tommasz on Nov 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Can I safely remove the usb drive?

Can I safely remove my USB drive from a Windows computer without stopping it? [more inside]
posted by teaperson on Jul 11, 2008 - 14 answers

FAT3000?

I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Help creating an autorun file for external drive

I have a big external USB hard drive with three partitions for infrequently used files and backup. I was wondering what kind of file to make to have it automatically open a folder showing the drive when I power on the device and not ask me what I'd like to do with each of the other drives. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Feb 21, 2008 - 7 answers

Block prompt

How do I stop the annoying "This device can operate faster" query when I plug a USB 2 thumb drive into a USB 1.1 port (which is all my computer has)?
posted by KRS on Jan 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Formatting a HFS+ external drive as FAT32 onin2K box a W

How do I perform a FAT32 format of a 2.5" laptop drive that's in an external case connected to a Win2K box via USB? Complication: drive was originally formatted as HFS+ on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Oct 19, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I make a USB stick "fixed" instead of "removable"?

How can I make a USB stick "fixed" instead of "removable" on Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Sep 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Windows 2003 and USB wifi NIC?

Is anyone using a USB wireless NIC on a Windows 2003 server? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Jun 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me get my drive unplugged!

How can I find out what application is locking my external USB drive in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Feb 5, 2007 - 11 answers

How to stop XP automatic search when drive is plugged in?

How do I stop windows from automatically searching for media when a new drive is plugged in? (Minor annoyance.) [more inside]
posted by univac on Nov 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Fix my WinXP USB without the nuke from orbit option!

[WinXPfilter] What's wrong with my USB devices on my computer? [more inside]
posted by kdar on Nov 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Assigning Drive Letters

Is there a way to get Windows XP to always assign the same drive letter to a particular removable device? [more inside]
posted by king walnut on Aug 11, 2006 - 4 answers

USB key drive dual-boot?

Work gave me a 1GB keydrive for carrying personal files. What I'd adore is using it to carry around a rescue disk such as one of the many tiny bootable Linux distributions. [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Mar 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Changing Drive Assmt for USB CF Reader?

Changing drive letters in Windows 2000 [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jan 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Encrypting a USB thumbdrive for OS X and Windows?

I'd like to password protect the contents of a USB thumbdrive that will be accessed from an OS X and Windows platform. [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Dec 7, 2005 - 9 answers

pandora's mbox

When I turn on the phantom power switch on my new Digidesign mbox, I get a warning that the device is pulling too much power from the USB port (and then it stops working). I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, which is one of the recommended systems on Digidesign's site. I have Win XP Service Pack II installed. What gives? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 21, 2005 - 26 answers

Windows XP utility that lists details of what's plugged into my USB devices?

Can anyone recommend a Windows XP utility that lists details of what's plugged into my USB devices? I need more info than what Device Manager tells me, but don't need the full USB device developer suites I find searching the web.
posted by Nelson on Feb 13, 2005 - 2 answers

Will my old Canon printer work with Win XP?

Printer filter/ I'm downsizing to travel cross country and would like to use an old Canon bubble jet (BJ10ex) with my new Dell laptop running XP. Does anyone know if this won't work? I have to wait for a USB Parallel converter cable to arrive to test it. Are there other compatibility problems I need to know about?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Feb 3, 2005 - 3 answers

Can I use the same Bluetooth keyboard on a Windows machine at work and a Mac at home?

I use a Windows XP box at work. I use a Powerbook G4 at home. I'd like to buy the bluetooth Apple Pro keyboard and use it both at home and at work. Is this possible? If so, any specific recommendations for a USB-bluetooth adapter for my work machine? Thanks in advance.
posted by BlueTrain on Nov 9, 2004 - 1 answer

Can a USB flash drive be used as your Windows swap space?

Can a USB flash drive be used as your Windows swap space? What are the positive aspects of a design such as this?
posted by Keyser Soze on Sep 7, 2004 - 18 answers

Why am I having problems with a USB 2.0 card reader and my Win 2000 laptop?

A USB 2.0 card reader is causing my Windows 2000 laptop to completely hang up. [mi] [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Aug 16, 2004 - 1 answer

Does anyone know of a durable brand of USB drives (around 64-128 MB)?

I recently got a new Sony Vaio. Its great, except I didn't realize it didn't come with a floppy disk drive. So, what I'm looking for to replace it is a small USB drive (around 64-128 megs). I've seen a bunch online and at stores for sale, but anyone here personaly use them and know what a good brand is? I want one that hooks to a keychain and can take a good amount of abuse (I don't care about extra features like security- my main concern is will it break easily and be around for a good while). Any ideas?
posted by jmd82 on Dec 24, 2003 - 15 answers

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