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USB Flash Drive: Doesn\'t work anymore

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September 4, 2012 8:03:58 AM

Hello, I was using my usb flash drive and i think it may have stopped working when my laptop got moved around with the usb plugged in. I went into "my computer" and the device wasn't even there. So I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it said device could not be installed. There is a light on my flash drive, and when I plug it in, it lights up but then the light goes off after 1 second. If you could help me in any way I really appreciate it, I have all my important documents on it. Thank you. My email is southpaw0027@gmail.com
a c 288 G Storage
September 4, 2012 10:09:43 PM

You may have a dry solder joint at one of the pins of the USB connector.
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September 4, 2012 10:55:54 PM

What can I do about that, is there anyway I can fix it?
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a c 288 G Storage
September 5, 2012 1:19:08 AM

If it is a dry solder joint, then you would need to resolder it ...
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September 5, 2012 1:45:06 AM

Ok can you tell me what that means? Because I'm new to this and don't know what that is
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a c 288 G Storage
September 5, 2012 2:04:01 AM

Here are several examples:
 hoto&tbm=isch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/images?q=%22dry+solder+joint%2...

For example, here is a bad solder joint at one of the pins of the crystal in a USB stick:
http://softsolder.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/cimg5578-...

The other pin doesn't look good, either.

Here are cracked solder joints:
http://home.comcast.net/~jcoxdesigns/Kenwood/Crop/IMG_8...

The solution is to crack open the USB stick and resolder the bad joints.
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September 5, 2012 5:22:35 AM

Ok I cracked open the usb casing, now what exactly am I supposed to be looking at here.
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September 5, 2012 6:14:10 AM

Question, if i took it to bestbuy or a computer store do you think they could fix it?
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September 5, 2012 6:56:36 AM

I opened the link you sent me and all I got was a description in a tab
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a c 288 G Storage
September 5, 2012 7:27:33 AM

Sorry, I can't help you.
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