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USB/SD Cards no longer Responding/Recognized

So, a couple months ago our mouse just suddenly crapped out, along with anything else that required a usb hookup (keyboard excluded).
We've since come to realize that the front ports and the SD/etc. Card Reader slot also no longer works.

While this is not a necessity it has hindered many of our options with the technology.

So far I have checked out and done all I can in device manager (driver install, uninstall, reinstall, update, rollback, rub it's belly and pat it's head), the device manager at first stated that the devices were not being recognized on the harddrive.
I was recommended to try reformatting if nothing else worked, and even a reformat didn't do it.

Do you think this is a hardware problem; should I just try and find a new usb/card reader drive, and if so, can you point me anywhere? I'm having the worst luck.

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  • marimother May 26, 2009

    Oh thank you both so much!

    I am going to try this first thing in the morning, and announce how it went.



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From my experience, the problem is reistance and corrosion. Most connections on the motherboard are pushon. Open your computer, find the wires from the front USB devices and 1 at a time gently pull them off and push them one at a time. The rubbing of the two parts should give good contact again and get your devices working. The same happens with hard drive and CD/DVD data cables. It won't hurt to give it a try, just be carefull not to mix up connections or break anything.

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If you open up the pc case you will see the bundle of wires that lead from the front reader to the motherboard. Make sure they are tightly plugged in. If that does not work there should be another USB connection on the motherboard near it, unplug it from the original connection on the motherboard and plug it into the second board see if that helps.

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