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Why Won't Flash Drives Work On My Windows 98SE Computer?

 
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HeyMan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Why Won't Flash Drives Work On My Windows 98SE Computer? Reply with quote

I hope someone can help me. I have purchased two flash drives from different companies (Sandisk and PNY) and downloaded the Windows 98SE drivers from their websites, but my computer still won't recognize them. The first one just wouldn't install and the second one caused my Compaq computer to have the blue screen of death.

These companies say that the flash drives work with Windows 98SE, but it's not working for me. Can anyone tell me what the problem might be? Is this a common occurance? Will the generic driver on this site help with this?

Short of transfering files on a floppy (because I don't have a CD burner), is there anything else that I can use to transfer files from my Windows 98SE to XP. Cable? External hard drive (which also needs a driver)? Or am I just going to have the same problem.

I would greatly appreciate if someone can help me with this.

Thank you.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like your problem is more related to the USB controller drivers than the drivers for the flash drives themselves. I would recommend seeing if you can download the latest drivers for the USB controllers (often included in the chipset drivers) and installing those. You can try the Generic Windows 98SE USB Mass Storage Drivers, but I don't think it will make any difference, but it shouldn't do any harm.

If both your PCs have network cables then you can transfer via a cross over network cable. If you have a lot of data to transfer, this will be the quickest method and the cables are relatively cheap.
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