USB Ports- Power Surge?

January 15, 2005 at 08:59:12
Specs: Windows XP, 1 gig ddrm ram

I have been using my computer for a year now..and everything has worked fine. We have two USB ports on the bottom front of our tower. Recently when i plugged in the ports i got an error message that there was A "power surge" and i had a choice to reset or close..

Are my USB ports broken? WHat can i do to fix them? How much is that gonna run me?

PLease and thanks in advance for looking at my post.

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January 15, 2005 at 09:05:23

Sounds a bit improbable to be honest.

You actually got a message when you plugged something into the USB port that said "Power Surge" ?

I've never seen or heard of such an error message.

What did you plug in ?

Please expand on your post.

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January 15, 2005 at 09:07:27

If you have recently installed SP2, check this out.


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January 15, 2005 at 10:04:58

Does your comp have USB 1.1 and did you try to plug in a USB 2.0 device? With that you'll get something that sounds like "USB Power exceeded" or something like that.

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Windows XP Home v2002 SP2
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February 2, 2005 at 23:32:41

I have had the same problem with a CMS backup drive. Was working fine, then started to hang the machine when I plugged it in, sometimes gives me the message "a usb device has malfunctioned and exceeded the power limits of its hub port"

The work around (see above email) suggests an external power supply - tricky for a notebook backup drive that powers off an external keyboard socket that is not on my inspiron 8600.

Ideas are welcome.

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