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external HD previously recognized, currently not

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by skunkwater, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. skunkwater

    skunkwater Flightless Bird

    I have an inspiron 8500 with XP SPK3 on it. The laptop came with XP Pro and
    the SPK's were added later. I have a buslink CO-80-U2FE that worked with
    Windows 98 and initially with XP maybe up to SPK2. I use it infrequently so I
    didn't find out until much later that it is no longer recognized after some
    of the upgrades. It has an external power supply. When I plug it into the USB
    port, nothing happens. Same thing when I plug it into another computer with
    newer OS, hadn't had the opportunity to try older. It doesn't show up in
    device manager either. Any suggestions for TS steps?
     
  2. pip22

    pip22 Flightless Bird

    1. Have the power adaptor tested first -- even if it lights up that's no
    guarantee it's working properly. The drive won't be detected if there's
    no power getting to it. The drive should make a few slight noises when
    first connected to the power so if there's no sound at all I would say
    the power supply could be faulty.

    2. Try a different USB cable.
     
  3. skunkwater

    skunkwater Flightless Bird

    Thanks pip22, the power cord is fine. The power light is on, the "access"
    light is not. I tried several USB cords, none work. This unit has one USB
    outlet and two 1394 outlets, none work. I'm wondering if I am using the
    CORRECT cord, should there be a particular cord for this unit?
    --
    skunkwater


    "pip22" wrote:

    >
    > 1. Have the power adaptor tested first -- even if it lights up that's no
    > guarantee it's working properly. The drive won't be detected if there's
    > no power getting to it. The drive should make a few slight noises when
    > first connected to the power so if there's no sound at all I would say
    > the power supply could be faulty.
    >
    > 2. Try a different USB cable.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     

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