Device Detected Error on PC
February 18, 2005 6:09 PM   Subscribe

My computer has been making random "Device Detected" and "Device Unconnected" sounds all the time, even when I'm not at it. Any idea on how to correct this? I'm on XP with SP2.
posted by sciurus to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
Is it giving you any kind of pop-up windows when it does this, or is it just making racket?

Also, it's possible that the sounds used for Device Detected and Unconnected are being used by other events on your system. Are you using the default sound scheme?
posted by staresbynight at 6:39 PM on February 18, 2005

I tend to have this problem when I connect my Axim Pocket PC to the computer when ActiveSync isn't running. When that happens, I get the "Device Detected" and "Device Unconnected" noises every few seconds until I either physically disconnect my Axim or start ActiveSync manually.
posted by esd at 6:53 PM on February 18, 2005

It's definitely not pop-ups. (Sciurus posted this for me.) No other events that I know of are using this sound.
posted by keswick at 7:01 PM on February 18, 2005

Start > Run > devmgmt.msc
Watch Device Manager when the sounds are going off to see which device, if any, is being detected/lost/dectected/lost.

I had this with a pcmcia firewire card a bit ago.

...and if it comes down to it, start unplugging stuff until it stops.
posted by airguitar at 7:31 PM on February 18, 2005

My computer did this occasionally, and I eventually was able to trace it back to (near as I could tell) a loose printer USB cable. What devices do you have connected to it?
posted by katieinshoes at 7:34 PM on February 18, 2005

Keyboard (P2), Mouse (ps2), Palm (USB), Scanner (USB), CF reader (USB) and Printer (USB).. Occasionally iPod Shuffle (USB)
posted by keswick at 7:44 PM on February 18, 2005

I bet it's a loose or faulty usb cable.
posted by crunchland at 8:06 PM on February 18, 2005

I'm betting chrunchland wins, unless the computer is networked witha CAT-5 cable. If it is, my bet goes on that.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:11 AM on February 19, 2005

You might also want to check your device settings and see if any are set to allow windows to power them down when idle. This can do what you describe, depending on the device/driver.
posted by Gamecat at 7:14 AM on February 19, 2005

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