Comp lockup when USB device is plugged in

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  1. Zak8022

    Zak8022 New Member

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    This does not happen all the time... but seems to be happening more and more. Whenever i plug in a USB device (camera, thumbdrive, ipod, etc) my computer will lock up. And i mean a hard lock... where i have to hold in the power to turn it off, and then restart it.

    After i restart it, and Windows comes back up, i can sucessfully plug in whatever USB thinger i was tryin to before... with no ill effects.

    I have a feeling its something to do with a short somewhere, or something of that nature... but i dont know crap about that sorta thing. This is a homemade computer... specs below.

    Thanks in advance for any help.


    AMD Athlon XP 3200+
    PcChips W30 Mobo
    DiabloTek 550W PSU
    1GB generic RAM
    1 120GB HD
    2 250 HDs
    GeForce FX 5700 GPU
     
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    I'd start with looking for a driver related issue. Have you un-installed/re-installed your USB drivers?
     
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    I have heard something about Windows having trouble with their drivers. Try going to their website and dl a fix.
     
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    Thats a negative... i'll try that. I have no idea what drivers i even have... i'll look into that.
     
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    Happens to my GF's computer as well. Might be a grounding problem with your motherboard. You're inserting a USB cable directly into the mobo, if either is not properly grounded it can short out. Just a guess though.

    A more practical answer is probably a driver conflict. I plug in the camera to my PC all the time and it's never happened.
     
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    Another common cause:

    Forgetting to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" button before you yank a device:

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    Usually, you can get away with this a few times. But the more you do it, as far as I can tell, it creates a cumulative error in Winblows. Pretty soon, almost any time you try and plug in or remove a USB device, especially a "Mass Storage Device" (most cameras etc. count as this - windows just reads the memory stick), Winblows suffers a terminal brain fart and packs it in for a nap.

    My Old Man is really good at making a valiant effort to turn his $2G Media Center PC into a paper weight by doing this. A Lot.
     

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