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Old 09-04-2008
amy_schlemer
 
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USB ports not recognized and then write protected

My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into them,
it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things but
say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with it.
Can someone help me figure out my problem?

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Old 09-04-2008
Mark L. Ferguson
 
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

Flash(jump) drives always have a physical slider on the side to make them
'write protected'

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"amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C8FA65AE-10B6-4054-ADF4-841251B035C7@microsoft.com...
> My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into
> them,
> it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
> really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things but
> say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with it.
> Can someone help me figure out my problem?


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Old 09-04-2008
Uwe Sieber
 
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

amy_schlemer wrote:
> My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into them,
> it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
> really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things but
> say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with it.
> Can someone help me figure out my problem?



http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtrouble_...rite_protected


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Old 09-04-2008
amy_schlemer
 
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

I tried to slide that slider thing...nothing changed...but why won't my 2
front USB ports suddenly won't work? Microsoft told me that it was because
we plug in things all the time and it will just stop working. Why is that?
What else am I suppose to do with the USB ports? Look at them?

"Mark L. Ferguson" wrote:

> Flash(jump) drives always have a physical slider on the side to make them
> 'write protected'
>
> --
> Was this helpful? Then click the Ratings button. Voting helps the web
> interface.
> http://www.microsoft.com/wn3/locales...eAPostAsAnswer
> Mark L. Ferguson
> .
>
> "amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C8FA65AE-10B6-4054-ADF4-841251B035C7@microsoft.com...
> > My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into
> > them,
> > it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
> > really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things but
> > say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with it.
> > Can someone help me figure out my problem?

>

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Old 09-04-2008
Mark L. Ferguson
 
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

When you have done that, you can reset your USB cache file. Set your Folder
Options to view hidden files, and delete the file:
C:\WINDOWS\inf\infcache.1
You will probably have to 'take ownership' of the file to delete it

There is a registry setting to write protect a usb port.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.
'WriteProtect' should be deleted

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"amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D2EA3DB6-37C0-4B4F-AE21-885A13DBCAC0@microsoft.com...
> I tried to slide that slider thing...nothing changed...but why won't my 2
> front USB ports suddenly won't work? Microsoft told me that it was
> because
> we plug in things all the time and it will just stop working. Why is
> that?
> What else am I suppose to do with the USB ports? Look at them?
>
> "Mark L. Ferguson" wrote:
>
>> Flash(jump) drives always have a physical slider on the side to make them
>> 'write protected'
>>
>> --
>> Was this helpful? Then click the Ratings button. Voting helps the web
>> interface.
>> http://www.microsoft.com/wn3/locales...eAPostAsAnswer
>> Mark L. Ferguson
>> .
>>
>> "amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:C8FA65AE-10B6-4054-ADF4-841251B035C7@microsoft.com...
>> > My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into
>> > them,
>> > it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
>> > really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things
>> > but
>> > say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with
>> > it.
>> > Can someone help me figure out my problem?

>>

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Old 10-04-2008
amy_schlemer
 
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

Okay well here's what I did. I did a system restore on my computer and my
front two USB ports started working...now they're not! Still not recognizing
anything in the front. Any suggestions?

"Mark L. Ferguson" wrote:

> When you have done that, you can reset your USB cache file. Set your Folder
> Options to view hidden files, and delete the file:
> C:\WINDOWS\inf\infcache.1
> You will probably have to 'take ownership' of the file to delete it
>
> There is a registry setting to write protect a usb port.
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.
> 'WriteProtect' should be deleted
>
> --
> Was this helpful? Then click the Ratings button. Voting helps the web
> interface.
> http://www.microsoft.com/wn3/locales...eAPostAsAnswer
> Mark L. Ferguson
> ..
>
> "amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D2EA3DB6-37C0-4B4F-AE21-885A13DBCAC0@microsoft.com...
> > I tried to slide that slider thing...nothing changed...but why won't my 2
> > front USB ports suddenly won't work? Microsoft told me that it was
> > because
> > we plug in things all the time and it will just stop working. Why is
> > that?
> > What else am I suppose to do with the USB ports? Look at them?
> >
> > "Mark L. Ferguson" wrote:
> >
> >> Flash(jump) drives always have a physical slider on the side to make them
> >> 'write protected'
> >>
> >> --
> >> Was this helpful? Then click the Ratings button. Voting helps the web
> >> interface.
> >> http://www.microsoft.com/wn3/locales...eAPostAsAnswer
> >> Mark L. Ferguson
> >> .
> >>
> >> "amy_schlemer" <amyschlemer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:C8FA65AE-10B6-4054-ADF4-841251B035C7@microsoft.com...
> >> > My 2 front USB ports are not working...whenever I plug something into
> >> > them,
> >> > it doesn't recognize anything. My jump drive will just flash its light
> >> > really fast and very dim like. My back USB port will recognize things
> >> > but
> >> > say that my jump drive is write protected and I can't do anything with
> >> > it.
> >> > Can someone help me figure out my problem?
> >>

>

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Old 26-10-2008
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Re: USB ports not recognized and then write protected

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark L. Ferguson View Post
When you have done that, you can reset your USB cache file. Set your Folder
Options to view hidden files, and delete the file:
C:\WINDOWS\inf\infcache.1
You will probably have to 'take ownership' of the file to delete it

There is a registry setting to write protect a usb port.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.
'WriteProtect' should be deleted ...
Thank you, thank you, thank you! After "auditioning" a password protection program, I could no longer write to my USB flash drives or external hard drive. Your two suggestions (above) saved the day!
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