USB 2.0 hub quit working

Asus / K8n-e-delux
January 13, 2009 at 07:15:51
Specs: XP Home Edition SP2, Athlon 3700--2.45 GH
Hello all--
The other night I plugged a friend's flash drive into my hub to download a file and it wouldn't transfer, though it recognized the flash drive. So I unpluged a periphal from the back of the computer and plugged the flash drive into it. It worked and the file was transfered. The next day, after restarting the computer, the hub was lit up. But my computer wouldn't print. I unplugged it from one of the hub's ports and into another in the hub. The lights went out. When I unplug and plug the hub from the power, the power light comes on very briefly but goes off. Any idea what is causing this? Does the hub just need to be replaced?


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January 13, 2009 at 07:33:52
USB hubs don't work very well. That is why the latest version of motherboard may come with as many as 10 USB ports. At any rate using a hub usually degrades the connection to USB 1.1 speeds.

If you need more USB ports I suggest you add in a PCI based USB card instead.

USB ports have a limited amount of current they can supply. A device like a printer needs all of that power.

Remove the hub and test the port directly. If it doesn't work then you may need to remove the USB controller/s from Device Manager and reboot. Windows should find new hardware and install it.

If you are interested in a USB add-in card ask for help and we can provide links.

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