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My usb ports are going out one by one. I have 3 total in my HP pavillion laptop. 6 months ago one of the just stopped working, for not apperent reason. Acouple of months later, the other one went out, and this one is on the other side of the laptop. Now I only have one left to work with, but I would like to figure this out. I have tried updating drivers, but it says it can't find them. I rebooted my operating system (I don't know if that was neccessary buy I'm desperate), and my drivers recovery CD did not help either. Any ideas?

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  • dserdio Jul 10, 2008

    Hi Johnyu_05,

    I tried it, but it didn't work. I also did a driver recovery, an application recovery, and an Operating System reboot all over again, just in case.

    I have come to the sad conclusion that the USB's must be broken. I don't know how that happens. Although I did notice that connecting my iPod sometimes it would not recognize it, and I would have to restart the computer for it to recognize it. That happen in all of the USBs, so I'm not sure if it is related, since I still have one working.

    Anyway, I have given up on the fixing since I can't replace the mother board, so now I'm looking for a plan B.

    Do you have any advice for USB expansion that is not thru the last USB I have?
    Some one told me about docking stations, but most are USB or express card, which I don't think I have (I have a PC card slot).
    The other option I saw was the HPQuickDock, but I'm still not sure if it will work with my HP model (pavillion zx5000) which is considerably old. Are there any cables that could connect to the expasion port or the PC card slot and give me more USBs?

    I'm in serious need to run external hardrives, scanners, printers, and others at the same time, so if you have any idea, no matter how complicated, please let me know.

    Thanks for your previous advice, at least it gave me hope and direction!

  • dserdio Jul 23, 2008

    Thanks, the card that uses the PCI slot really worked out. It actually expands my PCI slot to 2 USB and firewire too.

    I have to carry the card, and the power cable around (they are not that big), but I don't have to worry about my last USB port getting messed up.

    Thanks again.


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Hi dserdio,
im not sure of the availability of the item in your area but there is an expansion card (USB) that uses PCI slot. from there, you can attach external usb ports so that you can have more usb ports for your printer scanner etc

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Hi dserdio,
Right click my computer
then select properties
hardware tab and then device manager
scroll down and expand Universal Serial Bus

do you see USB root HUB?
right click and un-install them.
reboot your laptop and wait for the system to recognize the USB root hub, it will auto install the drivers for it...

just make sure you dont have anything plug in to it.

ill wait for your feedback. hope its a fix. :)

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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