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Your Computer May Hang If You Unexpectedly Remove a PC Card Storage Device While the Computer Is in Standby
Article ID: 311822 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q311822
If you remove a PC Card storage device while the computer is in standby or hibernation, the My Computer window may be displayed in a black or white window, and the computer may stop responding (hang) when it resumes. This problem can occur with PC Card storage devices such as CompactFlash, Flash ATA card, and Memory Stick devices.
This problem may occur if My Computer or any other Windows Explorer-based tool that refers to the storage device is running when the computer enters standby or hibernate, and if your computer is configured to return directly to the desktop when it resumes. The computer hangs because the Windows Explorer disk-verification process is triggered before Windows can complete the surprise-removal process.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
Date Time Version Size File name -------------------------------------------------- 04-Jan-2002 14:13 5.1.2600.26 86,912 Atapi.sys
To work around this problem, turn on the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby option in the Power Options tool in Control Panel. If you turn on this option, the computer returns to a password screen instead of to the desktop even if My Computer or Windows Explorer is running. To configure this option:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1.