If you experience issues with a USB device not being recognized under Windows 7, there might be a simple solution to solve this. For example the MSI USB 2.0 All IN 1 Card Reader aka MSI StarReader is recognized as eHome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR) using Windows 7. The device works great using Windows Vista or even the Windows 7 pre-release versions. Unfortunately, with the final Windows 7 the device just won’t work.
A quick look into the Device Manager will show that the device is recognized as eHome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR). When connecting the first time Windows 7 won’t give any notice that the installation of the driver failed or that the device is not ready to use. It will simply not work.
- Start Device Manager
- Right-click the eHome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR) entry
- Select Update Driver Software
- Choose Browse my computer for driver software
- Choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
- Make sure the Show compatible hardware box is checked
- Select the USB Composite Device and you are done
After a few seconds the driver should be installed and the device should be ready.