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VM Workstation -xp sp3 - drivers for USB Host Controller

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I am trying install AnywhereUSB on a VM of XP sp3. (running on VMWorkstation) When I connect to it, it doesn't show me the devices plugged into the USB ports.

In the Device Manager, under Universal Serial Bus Controllers, it shows 2 AnywhereUSB Host Controller entries, both with 'corrupted drivers.'

The same install procedure works with windows 2003 on VMWare, just not xp.

Can anyone help?
asked Aug 11, 2008 in USB Serial by jt79 New to the Community (0 points)

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Apologies for the delay in my reply. Our support forum seemed to be experiencing a technical issue yesterday.

The following workaround is required for installing an AnywhereUSB in a Virtual Machine:

1. Make sure Windows is configured to show file extensions. In My Computer, click "Tools / Folder Options" then click the "View" tab. Scroll down and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" (unless it's already unchecked) then click OK.

2. Search the Windows CD (that matches the OS of the Host PC) for a file called "usbd.sy_" (it should be in the i386 folder). For example, if the Host PC is running Windows 2003, then use a Windows 2003 CD.

3. Copy "usbd.sys_" and paste it in "c:\windows\system32\drivers" (or c:\winnt\system32\drivers for Windows 2000), then rename the file to "usbd.sys". Be sure to paste it in the "drivers" folder, not just "system32".

4. Open the AnywhereUSB Configuration Utility, click "View / Driver Information / Uninstall" and reboot the Virtual Machine when prompted.

5. After Windows loads, re-install the AnywhereUSB software and follow the normal installation procedure - you should go through a total of 5 found new hardware wizards, and the 5 port LEDs should be solid green once the AnywhereUSB is installed and connected to the Host PC.
answered Aug 12, 2008 by jeremym Veteran of the Digi Community (1,687 points)