New USB Port needed everytime I hook up my Sierra Compass
I am not sure if this is an issue with the usb/vista itself or the actual broadband card but here goes. For the last couple of days I have had some issues getting my card to be recognized, I always put it in the same slot and never do anything different. Recently its not been recognized by the computer as the smartview connection manager will ask for the device to be connected.
I move it to a random different usb port and then eventually when I find one that works it will install the drivers again, and begin functioning. It only does this for this item as I have tried the ports with other usb connections like mice etc.
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I have a singer quantum xl5000 embroidery machine. One Thing I can tell you is that you have to use the original cord that came with the Card writer. The cables that come with the card writer is a null modem Cable. It suppresses the modem signal through the computer to the cable. Then you can adapt it to say USB with another cable. You hook your new cable to the cable that came with the card writer. The original cable must be hooked to the card writer first. Then use an adapter or the new cable to hook to the computer. The new cables Must also have a fdti chipset in them. If you have all that your computer will be able to talk to the card writer and it will work. If it still doesn't work then your USB port needs a new driver. You might check the USB port first to make sure the drivers good. That's very simple just go into the control panel on your computer click system folder and go down through the list until you see the USB ports your porch should be listed. Just click on the file and see if it says working properly if it doesn't realize the driver
I am not sure about the compatibility issues regarding vista and your software. BUT, If you do have a USB then that means you can use a portable memory card reader. It is always easier to transfer files via USB (with card reader) than by connecting the camera and using a specific software.
Plus, portable memory card readers are very cheap and very useful!
This can be the camera, the cable or the port (PC). Try it in another port and then if nothing a different computer. If you leave the cable plugged in then sometimes the port doesn't wake up and show a device detected or the cable gets yanked stepped on etc and is damaged. The camera itself can have its port fail.
The majority of the time just changing the port "fixes" this. The next usual suspect is the cable. The data cable is fairly cheap and available at most stores think walmart for cheap and camera store for expensive replacements. If the camera is the problem, and you will only know for sure after trying the ports and possibly a new cable you have a couple of options. It isn't that common but does happen.One is getting the camera replaced or repaired (check for any warranty) or just remove the memory card and use a card reader on your desktop or laptop to transfer. This is actually quite a bit faster than the cable anyway.
The ports on the pc can go out but that can be a driver needing to be re-installed or an actual hardware issue. If the port works with other usb devices such as a printer etc then it isn't the port. You can buy a usb port card for under $20 if it is.
Did you try installing the usb network card to another usb port?? for exm, the front, another usb port? If so, and you still get the same result then it's a operating system issue. I had the same promblem with my Hp using windows vista with a external wifi card. I'm 90 percent sure it's a driver issue, when you installed, was there any option to which o/s and bits you are installing this device too, if so, try correcting the right o/s and bit (32 or 64). If after correcting it and you still get this, the rest of it is a driver issue, either it's incompatible, or driver needs updating. Other then this, I'm not sure too.
Could be a bum board or specifically, bum usb controller on the board. Make sure you update your BIOS, and make sure the BIOS says the front USB is activated. You also want to make CERTAIN you have the USB drivers from the motherboard mfr site, because windows native drivers might not be as good as mfr drivers. Also, put a flash drive in the front USB and try to boot from it (youd prolly have to get some linux bootable OS thing to do that with, but im sure its out there somewhere), because if you can boot from a flash drive, it would mean the issue is in the windows OS, and not your bios or usb firmware. Finally, make sure there are no broken USB ports on the board itself, a messed up port on the board might corrupt the rest of them. If all that should fail, you could bypass the problem by dropping an external USB hub on the top of the machine and plugging it to the back. I know thats ugly and causes clutter, but it would solve the immediate issue: the lack of ports. Youd likely be better off with another board though because it seems that the front usb controller is simply not functioning correctly. If you do have to replace the board, get a board from the same mfr with similar features, so that windows vista will be able to start it, or you may have ro reload the OS.
I had the same concern a month ago when I bought my USB Stick reader. As you mentioned, the manual says there is no guarantee... I don't have a USB hub but I do use the USB port that I connect the USB Stick reader for other things. No problem. In fact I did not even have to use the supplied CD that came with the reader to install the driver for it. As soon as I pluged the reader to the USB port. Windows ME (yes I'm running WindowsME) found the device and install the built-in driver itself. Why don't you just wait until you get your camera and try it out first. Good luck.