Ok, here are the facts of my problem:
1. Cannot get Droid to communicate with one of my Win XP PCs.
2. It goes through USB discovery, but does not complete discovery, stopping at the point is finds the A855 USB Device.
3. In Device Manager under Disk Drives, it lists the A855 Mass Storage Device.
4. Under Storage Devices, it lists Generic Device.
5. IF I TRY TO CHECK PROPERTIES OF THE DROID IN DEVICE MANAGER, THE DEVICE MANAGER TASK HANGS. THINGS KIND OF GO SOUTH FROM THERE.
6. Under Windows Explorer, no disk device letter is assigned (so I cannot even get to the point of mounting the SD Card and looking at it on the PC).
7. Yes, I did mount the SD card, and it makes no difference.
So, in essence Windows sees the device initially, gets confused, upset or just plain gives up and as a result I cannot connect the Droid successfully ...
I boot windows xp is SAFE MODE. When I do that and connect the Droid, Windows completes the USB discovery and will make a disk drive letter available to it. When I mount the card, I can see it.
So, this says there is a conflict in the USB configuration manager when running in Normal Mode. In Normal Mode, more drivers are loaded and more programs are started. I also think there is more virtual device mapping. I have tried clearing the registry of all USB device info, and letting Windows rediscover all of the devices, and it does not help in Normal mode. Maybe I have a rogue driver on the system that is causing the problem.
So my question is - has anyone else expereinced this level of problem? Is anyone out there a Microsoft Expert that may be able to help me? Or am I a cast away on the island of Droid surrounded by Blue Meanies from Redmond?