I have a printer , 2 usb disk drives , and a zip attached to USB slots on a Gateway 507GR . At first they worked just fine but now, they drop off and cannot be seen. If I unplug and replug they sometimes come back and sometimes they do not. I get messages like USB device not recogonized and can't write to drive. Can you help me with this problem? Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
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Re: USB devices not always working on Gateway 507GR
Truthfully, I've found this to be true about most USB ports -- when more than two devices are installed. I'm not sure there is a real fix for the issue. It's kinda like wifi. It works and it works good, BUT it's not 100% (all the time). It's just the nature of the technology.
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Any external USB hard drive will work with your Gateway. Drivers for these USB hard drives are not required unless your Gateway is running with Windows 98. External USB hard drives come in various disk capacities, select a hard disk with a capacity that suits your requirements
is the usb drive still attached? if so, unplug it from the pc and see if this fixes the boot issue. If so, you most likely have your bios set up to boot from usb first. You can either change this order or remove the usb drive every time you reboot.
Before calling it quits on the motherboard, try disconnecting ALL non-essential devices from the motherboard.
This includes drive cables, all slot mounted cards, etc.
Leave the processor and ram in place. Make sure ALL power cords from the power supply to the motherboard are properly plugged in. Some power supplies have 2 cords to the motherboard, a large plug and possibly a separate 4 pin that plugs in near the CPU. After checking your plugs, see if the board will power up. If so, you should get some beeps or status lights. If not, then it is likely the board has failed. Since you have replaced the original power supply, (assuming the replacement is compatible), it is not likely you have 2 bad power supplies.
If the board DOES power up, then plug in 1 internal device at a time to determine what might be "killing" the boot. A bad hard drive or DVD/CD drive can cause this as well as a shorted USB or firewire device.
Aside from what you're trying you can also use ubcdwin4 to create a boot cd which may give you access to the data on your friend's hard drive (with network support for copying the data to another PC), it might be worth a look.
As far as your WD is concerned, if you have the ability to remove the drive from it's external case and plug it into the system via the IDE plug you may have better luck. You may also want to try changing the bios in order to boot from USB device and plug the WD into one of the USB ports.
The 16x is the long one and the 1x is the reallly short one. Most likely the card that you get will fit the big slot. Be careful not to upgrade too high though, because if you do you may have to upgrade your power supply as well. Ask someone at gateway or a local shop for a recommended card for your system.