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Anonymous
July 23, 2005 9:09:02 PM

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This discussion applies to a system running Windows 98SE.

I recently installed a USB port and flash card reader. It didn't work
for several tries, then worked great, ONCE, then didn't work again.
The problem? Windows can't find it. When it was running, there was an
icon in the taskbar. I found the *.exe file associated with that icon,
and it is indeed related to USB. But when I try to run that file, not
enough happens.

* Maybe I need to figure out which files automatically call that *.exe
file. (In this way, I can at least turn on the software myself, if it
dopesn't come on automatically like it's supposed to.) How do I
discover that?
The file in question is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\usbmonit.exe

* Maybe I need to discover how to make windows see the USB port all
the time, instead of intermittently. How do I do that?

Thank you for all replies!

Ted Shoemaker

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Anonymous
July 24, 2005 9:08:35 AM

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Jeff Richards wrote:
> You haven't described your problem. Exactly what isn't working? Does the
> USB controller installation fail, or does it complete OK? Does the USB
> controller and port appear properly in Device Manger? Or is it that USB
> seems all OK, but when you insert the flash card, the system doesn't assign
> it a drive letter? If that's the problem, check whether the card
> manufacturer provides special software to initialise it, or confirm that it
> has a proper FAT or FAT32 file system by using it in another machine.
> --
> Jeff Richards
> MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)

The flash card reader worked once, and it worked perfectly and easily
that one time. So I will assume that all the relevant hardware was
indeed installed correctly with the all the drivers.
Also, the USB controller and port do appear correctly in Device
Manager.
The problem is that when I insert the card in the reader, usually
nothing happens: the LED on the reader doesn't come on, no drive letter
appears in My Computer, and I don't know how to make things start
happening with the card reader.
I clicked on "Media Card Companion monitor" (the tray icon associated
with USB), and it says something like "This is already working. Insert
your card to launch the application."

Thank you for your help.

Ted Shoemaker
Anonymous
July 24, 2005 9:07:48 PM

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You haven't described your problem. Exactly what isn't working? Does the
USB controller installation fail, or does it complete OK? Does the USB
controller and port appear properly in Device Manger? Or is it that USB
seems all OK, but when you insert the flash card, the system doesn't assign
it a drive letter? If that's the problem, check whether the card
manufacturer provides special software to initialise it, or confirm that it
has a proper FAT or FAT32 file system by using it in another machine.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)
<shoemakerted@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1122163742.687438.197690@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> This discussion applies to a system running Windows 98SE.
>
> I recently installed a USB port and flash card reader. It didn't work
> for several tries, then worked great, ONCE, then didn't work again.
> The problem? Windows can't find it. When it was running, there was an
> icon in the taskbar. I found the *.exe file associated with that icon,
> and it is indeed related to USB. But when I try to run that file, not
> enough happens.
>
> * Maybe I need to figure out which files automatically call that *.exe
> file. (In this way, I can at least turn on the software myself, if it
> dopesn't come on automatically like it's supposed to.) How do I
> discover that?
> The file in question is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\usbmonit.exe
>
> * Maybe I need to discover how to make windows see the USB port all
> the time, instead of intermittently. How do I do that?
>
> Thank you for all replies!
>
> Ted Shoemaker
>
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Anonymous
July 31, 2005 6:11:52 PM

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Can you insert other USB devices and are they correctly recognised?

After you insert the card, open Device Manager and choose refresh. Is a
mass storage device listed?

What does the flash card manufacturer's www site say about this problem?
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)
<shoemakerted@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>
>
> Jeff Richards wrote:
>> You haven't described your problem. Exactly what isn't working? Does
>> the
>> USB controller installation fail, or does it complete OK? Does the USB
>> controller and port appear properly in Device Manger? Or is it that USB
>> seems all OK, but when you insert the flash card, the system doesn't
>> assign
>> it a drive letter? If that's the problem, check whether the card
>> manufacturer provides special software to initialise it, or confirm that
>> it
>> has a proper FAT or FAT32 file system by using it in another machine.
>> --
>> Jeff Richards
>> MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)
>
> The flash card reader worked once, and it worked perfectly and easily
> that one time. So I will assume that all the relevant hardware was
> indeed installed correctly with the all the drivers.
> Also, the USB controller and port do appear correctly in Device
> Manager.
> The problem is that when I insert the card in the reader, usually
> nothing happens: the LED on the reader doesn't come on, no drive letter
> appears in My Computer, and I don't know how to make things start
> happening with the card reader.
> I clicked on "Media Card Companion monitor" (the tray icon associated
> with USB), and it says something like "This is already working. Insert
> your card to launch the application."
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Ted Shoemaker
>
Anonymous
August 1, 2005 9:23:52 AM

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Jeff Richards wrote:
> Can you insert other USB devices and are they correctly recognised?

Intermittently. Sometimes yes, usually no.

> After you insert the card, open Device Manager and choose refresh. Is a
> mass storage device listed?

Same answer as above.
The difference seems to be this:
When the USB icon automatically appears in the tray, things work. When
it doesn't appear, things don't work.

> What does the flash card manufacturer's www site say about this problem?

Nothing that I could find. And yes, I looked.

Thank you for your help.

Ted Shoemaker
August 1, 2005 3:43:04 PM

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shoemakerted@yahoo.com wrote:
> Jeff Richards wrote:
>
>>Can you insert other USB devices and are they correctly recognised?
>
>
> Intermittently. Sometimes yes, usually no.
>
>
>>After you insert the card, open Device Manager and choose refresh. Is a
>>mass storage device listed?
>
>
> Same answer as above.
> The difference seems to be this:
> When the USB icon automatically appears in the tray, things work. When
> it doesn't appear, things don't work.
>
>
>>What does the flash card manufacturer's www site say about this problem?
>
>
> Nothing that I could find. And yes, I looked.
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Ted Shoemaker
>

I don't know if it's relevant, but I had all sorts of problems with USB2
in win98se. There's an unofficial service pack that fixed everything
for me.
unofficial98seusbupdatesesp162en.exe
mike

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Anonymous
August 2, 2005 1:57:05 AM

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>
> I don't know if it's relevant, but I had all sorts of problems with USB2
> in win98se. There's an unofficial service pack that fixed everything
> for me.
> unofficial98seusbupdatesesp162en.exe
> mike
OK,
Where is it?
Metacrawler search found nothing by that file name.
August 2, 2005 2:36:42 AM

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bswarm wrote:
>>I don't know if it's relevant, but I had all sorts of problems with USB2
>>in win98se. There's an unofficial service pack that fixed everything
>>for me.
>>unofficial98seusbupdatesesp162en.exe
>>mike
>
> OK,
> Where is it?
> Metacrawler search found nothing by that file name.
>
>

Sheesh!
I couldn't find the file either, but two seconds with google found the
site. They've upgraded the version number.
http://www.usbman.com/win98seusbguide.htm
mike

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