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PC freezes after usb use

londonles

FPCH Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2007
Messages
48
Location
Essex
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#1
I have a Acer Power F6 running xp pro every time i plug my Nikon camera in to the front usb port and then remove it My PC either freezes or the usb port will not work again and i have to restart it

Any Ideas

Thanks

Les
 

RandyL

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Jan 22, 2003
Messages
4,878
Location
USA, Nebraska
PC Experience
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#2
Hi londonles;
Actually I don't think that is uncommon. When unplugging external USB devices you should turn off your computer first.

When I used to use an external CD burner via USB on Windows ME the software installed an option to unplug without shutting down first. With Vista and HP the option is built in for all external devices.

Even if I use a card plugin such as a compact flash on my new computer I need to use the safe method of unplugging it or my optional drives will fail to read right.

The point is any and all peripheral devices should only be removed when the computer is off to advoid any instability or corruption. Unless appropriate software is also installed.

RandyL
 

maynardvdm

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2007
Messages
3,117
Location
South Africa
#4
You have to stop the usb device before unplugging it, all usb device i use i never need to switch off the pc, i just have to use the safely remove hardware icon at the bottom right. Well it is only really the ipod i use on usb. sometimes windows just need to stop the device first.