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Subject: Re: Driver in XP, no long file names

Re: Driver in XP, no long file names

From: Neon John <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 22:54:46 -0400

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 01:41:29 +0200, "roland" <> wrote:

>hi !
>that`s a weirdness (bug?) i experience from time to time, too.
>(after plugging/unplugging several times, or after suspend/resume of my notebook)
>maybe this is a explorer-bug - but it`s not related to archos/rockbox, because i saw it on my other portable hdd, too.

Same here. It always happens if I don't select "open explorer" in the popup
after connecting the unit.

>open taskmanager, kill all explorer.exe and start explorer.exe again.
>works for me.

How do you restart explorer, since killing the last instance of it kills the

My workarounds:

Most of the time, selecting "my computer" from the desktop, right clicking in
the window and selecting "refresh" will do the trick.

Almost always, control panel->system->hardware->device manager, clicking on
any device, right clicking and selecting "scan for hardware changes" will do
the trick. This forces winders to do a plug'n'pray scan just like when the
hardware is plugged in. sometimes the above steps are also necessary.

If that fails, open the USB device tree and remove (click and hit DEL) the USB
driver for the Archos. Usually identified by the internal drive name such as
"Hitachixxxxx". Then right click and "scan for hardware changes". This makes
plug'n'pray find the "new hardware" and install the driver again. This brings
the drive back about 99.999% of the time.

When it doesn't, reboot.

If it's so fouled up that rebooting doesn't help, go back to device manager
and nuke the entire USB tree, then do a "scan for hardware changes". It'll
take some time for plug'n'pray to run through all the "new hardware" and
install the drivers. I've only had to do this a few times but it has always


John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2004-06-25

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