Actually, I did find out that it is a general problem with the nVidia nForce
Here's the skinny as I'm understanding it now: there are multiple reports
on the nVidia forums that give the same issue, Vista refusing to recognize
USB devices. The common thread is that it's with systems running greater
than 2gb of memory (like I do). If you have 2gb or less, it's fine, USB is
recognized and the drives work at USB 2.0 speed. BUT...
If you have greater than 2gb, Vista barfs, doesn't want to recognize the
drives, and spits at you for even thinking about it. You can drop the USB
down to version 1.1 on the motherboard and it'll work, but that's the same as
deciding to copy your DVD to floppies... if you want to spend a few hours
moving the data, be my guest.
Apparently someone reported it to the Vista developers, and got a 'Not Our
Problem' for the resolution. NVidia knows about it, but can't say if it'll
be fixed when they release official nForce drivers
. So... Yes, it's a
problem, no, it's not fixed, and no, I won't go to Vista until it is fixed.
I don't care to lose either the USB drives (that's half a terabyte right
there) or 1gb of memory (which eases the pain of using Vista).
"Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
> It is a known issue with some usb drive enclosures. I have read reports of
> other causes, including not having any IDE devices internally. Search on
> the vista.general group for some discussions about a month ago. If the
> drive enclosures are matched the firmware may be the issue. If they are
> from different manufacturers then probably not. I doubt that the ports are
> the issue.
> "Raymond Lang" <RaymondLang@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > Here's the problem I've been running into: I have been trying to load the
> > RTM version of Vista (for testing) on a drive in my current system. The
> > motherboard is an Abit KN8 Ultra, which works fine under Windows XP x64.
> > Loading the 32-bit version of Vista presents two issues, one of which I
> > already see folks complaining about (lack of audio drivers for the RealTek
> > AC97 chipsets). However, I have two external USB drives that I use.
> > Neither
> > drive is recognized in Vista at all. Booting the system up with the
> > drives
> > off and turning on the drives causes Vista to hunt for a very long time
> > (over
> > 10 minutes) before claiming that the devices are installed for use, but do
> > not show up either under My Computer or under Drive Manager.
> > Is this a known issue with the USB ports with Vista, or is Vista simply
> > sitting here with it's arms crossed refusing to cooperate? Until I can
> > get
> > the USB issue resolved, I have no reason to go to Vista as I use the USB
> > drives just as much as the internal SATA drives.