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Old January 8, 2011, 08:27 PM
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Question Unusual behavior from XP

I have an XP Pro SP3 install that has been very stable with no problems. Last fall I updated the firmware in my optical drive (hoping the new version would let me self region free. Since then every time XP starts, it "finds new hardware" (the cd/dvd drive) and asks for new drivers. If you cancel the requests, it gives you the usual warning about "new hardware can't be installed" but the drive appears to be fine in device manager and functions ok otherwise.

This past weekend I installed another HDD. XP is now seeking drivers for that as well at boot.

I have a flash drive it does the same thing to. That I wasn't concerned about as it's a specialized item.

I'm a but stumped. There are all kinds of suggestions if it can't find the drive, but it finds it (and uses it) just fine.

I'm a bit stumped.
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Old January 8, 2011, 08:32 PM
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list out drives

go to sites fore drives seei f there are new drivers fore the drives fore XP SP 3 ?
Look fore new moutherbord chipset driver ?
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Old January 8, 2011, 08:57 PM
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Chipset drivers are up to date. You shouldn't need drivers for a Hard drive or a DVD drive.

The DVD drive is a Pioneer 218BK, the new HDD is a 1TB Seagate SATA2 (Current HDD is a pair of Seagate ES.2 SATA2 500GB in RAID-1).
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how about uninstalling it from Device Manager - rebooting - run through installing new hardware?
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Old January 9, 2011, 10:10 AM
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how about uninstalling it from Device Manager - rebooting - run through installing new hardware?
that is what I was going to suggest because this usually fixes the problem.
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Old January 12, 2011, 05:24 PM
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how about uninstalling it from Device Manager - rebooting - run through installing new hardware?
Tried that; same situation, prompts for drivers. I'm beginning to think there is one or more corrupoted registry entries somewhere.
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Old January 13, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Check the BIOS and see if you have a "Plug & Play OS" setting. Usually the setting doesn't make any difference either way but if it's not the default "No" then set it back to the default.

If it's corrupted registry, *backup* and then delete the following key:

hklm\system\currentcontrolset\enum\ide\cdrom{drive _model}

Windows should reinstall/rebuild everything on next boot (restore from backup if it doesn't). However, that key's default ACEs only allow the System to delete it, so you'll have to either use REGEDT32 to change the permission (administrators full), or run REGEDIT as System using SysInternals' PsExec (with the -s -i -d switches).

PsExec
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Old January 14, 2011, 03:35 PM
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Tried both of those already. No joy :(
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Next up in the food chain maybe a corrupt inf folder/file or the registry setting pointing to the inf folder (hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\de vicepath), don't remember if XP support multiple devicepaths so rename then copy over from another system, extract from install CD or do a repair install.
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Old January 19, 2011, 09:44 AM
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Tried all that except a repair install. I avoid those except as last resorts due to unpleasant previous experiences ;)
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