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Problems using usb ports

I have recently started having problems with my usb ports. First I tried to install a new multi-function Epson printer. The scanner part installed ok but the printer didn't seem to install. I had a lengthy discussion with the Epson help desk where we tried uninstalling the printer drivers and removing the usb ports via device manager. No luck. They recommended contacting the manufacturer.

Since then I've bought a Freecom mobile drive which works fine on several pc's but not the problem one. It just makes a funny clicking sound when you plug it in.
I also had problems with another external hard drive which is connected to the firewire port. This was not being recognised at all, although it seems to be working all right at the moment.

I've tried restoring a known good backup of the operating system but this hasn't fixed the problem. Could this be a hardware problem? Is there anyway to diagnose it? Do I need to replace the motherboard?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

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  • lance1 Nov 18, 2007

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, these are the built in ports. When you say install another usb port via a dongle is that like adding a pci card with usb ports?




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I assume these are the built in ports you are
having trouble with.Do you have a terminal to
install another usb port via a dongle It may be
that the inner terminals of the usb receptacle
are not making good contact (defective) If you
have a junk board with same setup you
might be able to desolder the port,and
replace yours. I haven't had the occassion to
try this yet, but it might work

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

  • Eugene Merritt Nov 19, 2007

    PCI card should work okay
    may have to disable onboard usb
    card instructions should explain if
    not get back with me

    The dongle is like a port cover with 2 usb
    ports built in with 1 or 2 set of wires with
    a plug or 2 on the other end that connect
    to the motherboard via a set of terminals
    simllar to a com port,but you cant guess
    at it the plug and terminals must match
    Mothboard manual would give that information



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