I had to reinstall windows, and the Samsung galaxy (vibrant) refuses to allow me to install the drivers. I found the 64bit and 32bit (I am running windows 7 64 bit), and although it installed the drivers, the device would show up in device manager as just ‘sgh-t959’, and say ‘drivers not installed’ with a yellow exclamation mark on it.
I tried installing samsung KIES, running its ‘troubleshoot connection error’, which appeared to uninstall and reinstall the driver, and yet nothing.
FINALLY I found a solution to force windows 7 64bit to actually recognize that the drivers were installed:
- Right click on the device in device manager, and go to properties.
- Under the driver tab, select ‘update driver’
- Select ‘Browse my computer for the driver software’
- Now INSTEAD of selecting the folder with the drivers in, click on the bottom text ‘Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer’.
- Uncheck ‘show compatible hardware’, select your manufacture on the left (Samsung for mine, HTC if that is yours)
- Scroll down on the right and select the newest ‘SAMSUNG ANDROID ADB INTERFACE VERSION (mine was 188.8.131.52, from 2/5/2010, I selected the second one)
- Click next, ignore asinine warning
And viola, you have your device showing in the device manager without a yellow exclamation mark!
To test that it is actually working, if you have the android sdk, or adb, open a command prompt (‘cmd’ in the start->run box), go to your android sdk/platform-tools folder (cd c:\android-sdk\platform-tools or whatever folder your adb.exe is in), and type ‘adb devices’, and it should list your device.
Hope this helps someone- spent several days trying tons of drivers, have them all installed, yet windows wouldn’t assign the correct driver to the correct device. So +1 for forcing driver install!
2 responses to “Trouble getting windows 7 to recognize android device? Solution”
It’s a relief to find soomene who can explain things so well
That was great, excellent advice!