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Back USB ports

I usually use the USB ports on the side but recently couldn't get a jump drive to work in one of those ports. Tech Support for the jump drive suggested I put it in one of the back ports. They said it was a common problem that the side ports didn't work sometimes. He thought it might be because the side drives aren't as strong as the back drives. Anyway, when I attempted to plug into the back ports, it wouldn't go in. The back USB ports were too small. I would think USB drives are standardized. What is going on?

Posted by Sylvia Morris on

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  • arispe47 Sep 10, 2008

    usb ports don not work,on the side

  • friemering Nov 07, 2008

    I have this same problem, they work randomly. Any suggestions?

  • gorge548 Jan 08, 2009

    I have the same problem. Sometimes the side USB ports work, but most of the time they don't.

    I agree with the answer to the back USB ports. You are probably putting the flash drive in upside down.



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I think maybe you are puting the usb connection in upside down or you are trying to put it in an iee1394(firewire) port or the LAN connector.

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