If the hot-plugging of a FireWire/USB device fails in Windows XP…
To hot-plug (hotplug) means plugging in the drive while the computer is running instead of when it is shut down.
You have a computer running Windows XP with a FireWire (IEEE 1394) adapter card installed Whenever you hot-plug a new external DVD-RW drive into one of the card’s FireWire ports, it doesn’t appear under My Computer. You have tried restarting the computer and reattaching the DVD-RW drive, but that has failed. You therefore want to know if there is remedy for the problem.
First, check that your FireWire adapter is installed and functioning properly. You can check the Device Manager by right-clicking My Computer and choosing Properties. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager. If your FireWire Controller has an exclamation mark beside it, then you need to highlight the entry, remove it, and then reinstall its drivers.
If your IEEE 1394 FireWire card is installed and is functioning properly, you should know that Microsoft has recognised that this fault can occur when hot-plugging a FireWire or USB CD/DVD-ROM drive into a computer running Windows XP. [color=red]Microsoft says that the fix for this is to install Windows XP Service Pack 1.[/color] Note you may require the same fix if you attach a digital video 1394 device that supports non-S100 data rates, and you see only a black window in Windows Movie Maker.