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Front usb freeze computer

Ok so you were right and I did lose an IDE channel, so I bought an IDE to SATA conveter and just plugged the HD into one of the SATA slots. I have all the drivers installed and went through the device manager and updated everything. The problem is, I get the computer up and running and want to start putting files from my backup back on to this pc. I have a mouse and keyboard plugged into the back and nothing else. When I plug an external hd in to get my files off, the computer freezes, mouse and keyboard stop functioning and I have to restart the computer...any suggestions? thanks

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  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    xp pro sp2

  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    I dont understand what you are explaining. Can you elaborate please? Thanks

  • skypirate Mar 27, 2008

    ok I understand now, but what is the purpose of doing this? The freezing occurs when any of the ports are used regardless of using front or back panel. The only peices of hardware plugged in that work are the mouse and keyboard.

  • skypirate Mar 28, 2008

    ok I tried everything you suggested, and its still instantly freezing on me...what to do...what to do?

  • skypirate Apr 01, 2008

    ok, so im sure i tried all the drivers available, and am still getting the freezing problem with the front two usb ports. fortunately i have 6 usb ports in the back and have enough for everything, and have an extension running upfront for quick access. if you happen to think of any thing else just let me know. thanks for your help so far!

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    Which Operating system did you install?
    and which service pack?
    Right click on my computer icon, left click on properties, this will bring up the system specs and on the page thats displayed it will show what OS and SP is installed.

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams May 11, 2010

    Which Operating system did you install?
    and which service pack?
    Right click on my computer icon, left click on properties, this will bring up the system specs and on the page thats displayed it will show what OS and SP is installed.



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Update sp2 to sp3 link
Download everest home from this link, run the program, click on motherboard then chipset, ID the northbridge and check for updates (google it) This should update all usb controllers and hubs to eliminate the "freeze".

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams Mar 27, 2008

    Just another thought...The front usb controller is near the same chips that control the IDE bus, so if you have a usb A male to A female extension cable (I get mine from a Dollar Store or Big Lots) plug it into the back usb hub and connect it to your external drive.



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