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Your Computer May Stop Responding with IEEE 1394 DVD and USB Storage Drives

Article ID:304708
Last Review:September 28, 2004
This article was previously published under Q304708
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


If you attempt to shut down a computer that is running Windows Millennium Edition (Me) and a Universal Serial Bus (USB) storage device and certain IEEE 1394 digital video disc (DVD) drives are attached to your computer, your computer may stop responding (hang) and your screen may be black or illegible after a delay of 15 seconds or more. If you press a key on the keyboard, your computer may shut down. When you start your computer again, the ScanDisk tool may run.


This problem can occur if an input/output (I/O) request racket is issued for the IEEE 1394 drive after the drive shuts down. Because the drive no longer exists when the I/O request is issued, the packet times out after 15 seconds.


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English-language version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date    Time  Version      Size    File name  Operating system
   8/9/01  7:08  41,643  Cdvsd.vxd  Windows Me

After you install this hotfix, you must create a registry key value for the 1394 drive to enable the fix that resolves this problem.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To create a registry key value for the 1394 drive:
1.Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2.Locate and click the following key in the registry:
To determine the correct registry key, examine the DeviceDesc value in each registry key. The correct registry key has a DeviceDesc value that contains the name of the affected IEEE 1394 drive, as displayed in Device Manager, for example:
3.On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
Value name: Enable Q304708
Data type: Binary
Value data: 01
4.Quit Registry Editor.


To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
Disable the Auto-Insert Notification feature for the IEEE 1394 DVD drive.For additional information about how to disable this feature, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
126025 How to Disable the Feature That Allows CD-ROMs and Audio CDs to Run Automatically
Stop the IEEE 1394 DVD drive before you shut down your computer. To do this:
1.Click the Unplug or Eject Hardware icon on the status area of the taskbar.Click Stop IEEE 1394 CD-ROM - Drive (X:) or similar text (where X: is the drive letter that is assigned to the IEEE 1394 DVD drive).Repeat the above steps if you have more than one IEEE 1394 drive attached to your computer.
2.Click Stop IEEE 1394 CD-ROM - Drive (X:) or similar text (where X: is the drive letter that is assigned to the IEEE 1394 DVD drive).Repeat the above steps if you have more than one IEEE 1394 drive attached to your computer.
3.Repeat the above steps if you have more than one IEEE 1394 drive attached to your computer.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


This problem has been reported with many different computers that have one of the following IEEE 1394 DVD drives and USB devices attached to the computer:
IEEE 1394 DVD drives:
Logitec LDV-P832F 1394 DVD-ROM drive
Addonics 1394 DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive (model AEMDVRW8XFW)
Other IEEE 1394 optical drives that support the Media Event Status Notification (MESN) method of detecting the presence of a DVD or CD-ROM in the drive.

USB storage devices:
Sony USB Memory Stick Reader/Writer
IOMega USB Zip 100 drive
Other USB storage devices such as flash memory adapters or USB hard drives
This problem does not occur if the only USB storage device attached to your computer is a USB floppy disk drive. The problem has also not been reported to occur with IEEE 1394 CD-ROM or CD-RW drives. Sony Corporation refers to the IEEE 1394 bus as the "i.LINK" bus. The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
For additional information about Windows Me hotfixes, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
295413 General Information About Windows Millennium Edition Hotfixes

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