External hard drive stalls when opening video file

  Nick101 12:27 05 Nov 2007

Have a Buffalo Drivestation 500gb with a 2.0 usb connection. Works fine with a lap top but when using on my home PC it stalls when opening video files. I go to Task Manager and the file / folder is 'not responding'. The CPU usage has spiked at 100% - no idea if that's relevant.

Please advise - much appreciated

  Technotiger 12:38 05 Nov 2007

Is your home PC USB2 or USB1, that would make a difference.

  VideoSentry 12:49 05 Nov 2007

Does the home PC have sufficient RAM?

  Nick101 13:06 05 Nov 2007

PC has 512 mb RAM though I am planning to update it to 1gb. How do I know if my PC is 2.0 USB or the old type. Thanks

  keef66 13:08 05 Nov 2007

have a look in device manager, under usb there should be an entry for usb enhanced controller if it's 2.0

  Nick101 13:12 05 Nov 2007


I will check tonight when I get home.
What happens if it isn't 2.0?
Can I change it?
Does that explain why it opens word files fine then stalls with larger files?

  Technotiger 13:12 05 Nov 2007

If you don't see the word enhanced as per keef66's entry, then you have only USB1. Assuming you know how to get to Device Manager.

  Technotiger 13:13 05 Nov 2007

It is easy to make it USB by adding a pci card with USB2 sockets on.

  Nick101 13:15 05 Nov 2007

I will check all that and get back to you all -

many thanks

  keef66 13:46 05 Nov 2007

Right click My Computer, manage, device manager.

  Nick101 20:01 05 Nov 2007

In device manager, underneath the USB Controllers, it says 'Standard Enhanced PCI to USB host controller' followed by other USB controllers but none of the others say enhanced.

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