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I had to reload Windows XP on this machine and now it won't recognize a thumb drive or an external USB drive so I can load the drivers back on it. Any ideas? It appears that the USB drivers should be native to Windows.

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That was the problem. I was trying to use an ancient version of Windows XP that didn't support USB 2.0. I had to burn a copy of SP 2 onto a CD and run that. – Paul Nov 8 '11 at 22:52
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You will need to install all of the updates, particularly up to SP3 in order to resolve some of the issues XP has with USB2.0 devices.

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Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. – Paul Nov 9 '11 at 4:57

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