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revised Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
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answered Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
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comment Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
Update: I talked with reseller I bought the scanner from. He said the issue is not with Windows 8.1 but the USB chipset. It's not supplying the full 500mA that the scanner needs. I bought a PCI-E USB card and installed that. The scanner works a much higher percentage of the time now, but I have still run into the occasional disconnect (or failure to be recognized at start up).
Mar
19
comment Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
I ordered in another USB cable for the scanner and tried that, no luck. I'm starting to think this is more hardware related than software. I am able to use the scanner without issue on a different Windows 8.1 box. However, I have problems running it from a laptop and a desktop (both running 8.1). The one that works is an older motherboard (X58 chipset). The two that don't work are newer. I don't know what this could mean, but it's something. I have a PCI-E USB card coming. I'm going to try that and see if it helps.
Mar
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comment Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
Good idea. I ran through the suggestions in the blog post. The device was showing up as being connected to a root USB hub. I had to add the EnhancedPowerManagementEnabled DWORD to the Device Parameters (it wasn't already set as the blog suggests). No luck. I'm still getting intermittent disconnects. It was a good thought though.
Mar
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comment Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
@ps2goat, thanks for the tip. The device is made to work without any additional drivers (it is recognized as a USB HID device and works like a keyboard). The driver you see on that page is the USB-to-Serial emulator. In fact, I am using that driver now and it works well, but it's tangential to the issue. The scanner doesn't require it to operate and I'm seeing the issue with and without the driver installed.
Mar
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Mar
17
comment How to check a radiobutton in PDF form using PDFBox in Java
+1, this helped resolve an issue where I got "Expected a Name Object" errors after using PDFBox to fill out a form with radio buttons. If I just called field.setValue() the correct radio button would be selected, but I would get the error when I tried to submit the form. Calling the check() method resolved the error. Thanks.
Mar
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comment Form field values set with PDFBOX not visible in Adobe Reader
I seriously wish I could give this +1000. Thank you for putting together such a helpful answer.
Mar
13
comment What would be required to mount a Duplicty archive via Samba
Thanks for the tip. I wasn't aware of that project.
Mar
12
comment Put style.css below other css in wordpress
I don't think style.css is automatically enqueued by WordPress. There must be some other function (or template file) that's loading the stylesheet. You might look in your theme's header.php to see if it's hard coded in there.
Mar
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asked What would be required to mount a Duplicty archive via Samba
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comment Can anyone help me with an Unrecognized device: Device descriptor request failed error on Windows 8.1?
I'm running into the same issue. Were you ever able to resolve it?
Mar
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comment confirmation dialog (alert) after form submit
+1000, thanks for saving me 2 weeks of my life. :)
Feb
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comment Why doesn't this video play on iOS?
It should be noted though that it isn't recommended to use more than 5 reference frames for live action footage (avidemux.org/admWiki/doku.php?id=tutorial:h.264), so this could maybe use some tweaking. Also ffmpeg have updated their compatibility docs: trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/Encode/H.264#Compatibility
Feb
18
comment Revisiting site optimization rules of thumb: JavaScript still necessary at the bottom with modern browsers?
This may be a bit of a tangent, but you might want to read this post on modern js loading best practices: igvita.com/2014/05/20/…
Feb
12
comment WordPress: Deregister script that lacks handle?
Where is the js that loads the file queued? Could you deregister that script?
Feb
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awarded Notable Question
Feb
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comment How to pass parameter from another php file using wp_localize_script
You're welcome. I'm glad it worked. I added the solution as an answer below.
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