Solved my usb ports are physically broken

May 17, 2012 at 05:54:40
Specs: Windows 7
all my usb ports are broken physically. besides buying a new laptop or sending it away to repair the motherboard, are there adapters out there that i can plug into my card slot, or any slot, that dont require power from a usb port since i dont have any usable usb ports. i have seen usb to memory card adapters online but they all seem to require extra power from another usb port, which i dont have. help!

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May 18, 2012 at 11:28:14
"expresscards are not the answer. they require power from a usb port. "

They DO NOT require power from a USB port, but they DO require that your laptop has an ExpressCard slot, which it may or may not have. The ExpressCard USB controller adapter gets it's power from contacts in the ExpressCard slot.

If it's an older laptop that has a PC Card slot, not an ExpressCard slot, you can buy PC Card (PCMCIA ) USB 2.0 controller adapters that you can plug into that slot.

In either case, in most if not all cases, the USB controller adapter can only supply a total of 500 ma of current for all the USB ports in it - it can't supply 500 ma per port. In that case, an external hard drive or an external optical drive, which require that the USB port can supply 500 ma, may ONLY work when it's the ONLY thing plugged into the ports in the adapter.
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Make sure that there are no contacts inside the supposedly damaged USB ports that are touching each other or that are touching the outer metal shell of the USB port.

If you live in a reasonably large place, local places that can repair laptops can probably fix physically damaged USB ports without you having to send the laptop away somewhere. If they don't already have the same USB ports in stock, they can order them.

By the way, there can be things wrong with a laptop that cause all the built in USB ports to not work, other than they're physically damaged.
E.g. I've seen that problem when the laptop has been dropped.



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May 17, 2012 at 21:06:17
expresscards are not the answer. they require power from a usb port. which as i stated, are broken

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May 17, 2012 at 22:05:28
They require power to power the ports. If your device doesn't require a powered connection, you should be fine.

Optionally, you could get some USB ports from an electronic parts store, learn to solder, and learn how to dismantle/reassemble a laptop.

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May 18, 2012 at 11:28:14
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"expresscards are not the answer. they require power from a usb port. "

They DO NOT require power from a USB port, but they DO require that your laptop has an ExpressCard slot, which it may or may not have. The ExpressCard USB controller adapter gets it's power from contacts in the ExpressCard slot.

If it's an older laptop that has a PC Card slot, not an ExpressCard slot, you can buy PC Card (PCMCIA ) USB 2.0 controller adapters that you can plug into that slot.

In either case, in most if not all cases, the USB controller adapter can only supply a total of 500 ma of current for all the USB ports in it - it can't supply 500 ma per port. In that case, an external hard drive or an external optical drive, which require that the USB port can supply 500 ma, may ONLY work when it's the ONLY thing plugged into the ports in the adapter.
....

Make sure that there are no contacts inside the supposedly damaged USB ports that are touching each other or that are touching the outer metal shell of the USB port.

If you live in a reasonably large place, local places that can repair laptops can probably fix physically damaged USB ports without you having to send the laptop away somewhere. If they don't already have the same USB ports in stock, they can order them.

By the way, there can be things wrong with a laptop that cause all the built in USB ports to not work, other than they're physically damaged.
E.g. I've seen that problem when the laptop has been dropped.


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May 18, 2012 at 15:16:38
dont have pccard slot or expresscard slot

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May 18, 2012 at 17:45:59
In that case, you have no choice except to repair whatwever is wrong with the USB ports.

See the last part of response 4.


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