Problems with usb ports

Hewlett-packard Hp compaq nx6325 tl-60 1...
March 1, 2011 at 07:18:53
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb
Often laptop needs to be re-booted to make usb ports work

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March 1, 2011 at 08:30:04
Thats not uncommon, and has more to do with xp having to load the drivers for the usb devices. Vista and win7 do not usually need the reboot. In most cases the device will work even if you don't reboot, but it is best to reboot and let windows do its thing.

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March 1, 2011 at 08:37:47
Actually, this IS uncommon for healthy hardware & a healthy OS. Was the unit dropped or damaged in any way? Make sure your USB Contoller is seen in Windows Device manager first.

Try other USB ports on your laptop (if applicable) and other USB devices. If that doesn't work, Boot into Windows Safe Mode and test the USB.

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Make sure you're on XP SP3 (I still occasionally see SP2 machines out there).

Update your computer BIOS, if applicable. If nothing works, the USB ports can intermittently malfunction which can be a sign of an impending failure.

Just another stupid saying...

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March 1, 2011 at 08:44:04
Right click My Computer, or Computer;

Either on your Desktop, or Start Menu.

Then click on Manage, or Properties.

Now click on Device Manager, or the Advanced System Options, or the Hardware tab, then the Device Manager.

Now simply right click on any of the hardwarez and click on: "Scan for Hardware changes"

Your USB should now work.

This problem also happens when you force shut down your computer alot, just resart and then shut down via the start menu power button, not the computer button

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