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Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)
By  Super Admin  | Published  11/16/2007 | Device Manager | Rating:
Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. (Code 38)
The driver could not be loaded because a previous instance is still loaded. Restart the computer.
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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't fix it even tried safe mode! (I am typing this using mouse and On-Screen Keyboard!)
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    bullshit even if it did work i shouldnt have to restart my computer every time i want it to recognize the sd card...
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thats not a fix its a workaround
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory.(Code 38)" To restart the computer does not solve the whole problem. Microsoft should be ashamed to publish such incompetent advises.
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Restarting solves the problem only in a tiny fraction of this error ocurrences. Usually there is a duplicate ocurrence of a device driver (or two devices when Windows supports only one) and one copy needs to be uninstalled.
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    why should i restart my computer every time i want to connect to my sd card this is insane.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Even with service pack 3. Can't believe Microsoft hasn't solved this. Restart my cp 5-6 times a day.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Chuck)
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    The Problem: Windows Recognizes an SD Card Only After a Reboot My Windows laptop recognizes an SD card when I first insert it but then if I insert a different SD card it doesn't recognize it without doing a reboot. This problem applies to Windows Vista and XP. If you hear a quick "dong-dong" sound instead of a "ding-dong" sound when you insert an SD card you probably have an error (38) in device manager. Note an SD card should appear under "disk drives" and not as a USB device under Control Panel System Hardware Device Manager. When you insert your SD card it may have an exclamation mark next to it. "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)" The Solution: Sometimes fixing device driver loading issues with SD cards can be resolved by deleting the INFCACHE.1 file which gets corrupted and cause issues with inserting new SD cards. The file is located in the folder: C:WindowsInf folder. Scroll down to the INFCACHE.1 file and delete it. Be sure to reboot the computer afterwards.
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    bullshit solution time to buy a Mac
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by Victor)
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    This is not a solution its time to buy a Mac
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not even close to a permanent fix. It's a band-aid that doesn't even work half the time.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It is not even a workaround. Tt does not work. And since the problemis with wifi the second "solution" is moot because you need to go on the internet. The problem is that I cannot get to the internet.
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is just a short term workaround and not a root cause fix. My problem keeps reoccurring
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no solution
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Everyone knows restarting the computer "fixes" it but the problems back next time you removed and reinsert an SD card. It's just another bug eh
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Restarting the computer does not fix the problem. Uninstalling the device then restarting the computer does not fix the computer.
     
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