power surge on hub port

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August 18, 2010 at 00:22:28
Specs: Windows XP
I was recently given an old PC and checked to see if it had any faults. I then found out that as soon I plugged a USB flash or a usb external Hdd to it , it would cause a problem. XP pro came up with this message
"Power Surge on Hub Port: A USB Device has exceeded the power limits of its hub port."

It has 2 usb ports at the front and 4 at the back.
I tried all, but noticed when I plugged usb storage devices in the back, the pc would re-boot itself ,so the ports on the back were in worse condition than the ones on the front.
Also the mouse would freeze when I plugged storage devices in the front. However usb mice and keyboards work OK in all the USB ports.

Would this be a hardware issue ? not software related ?
Also I noticed the pc has a program installed in it called "S3 USB enable" ,could that be the problem that is causing this ?

My mouse pointer works again when there are no other usb devices plugged in and I unplug/plug the
mouse cable again.
How do I get the USB ports to function with USB drives ?

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August 18, 2010 at 00:34:14
Do you have an external power supply for the external USB storage?

If yes, connect it to the USB storage device, then connect the storage device to one of the USB ports and see, what happens.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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