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Can't boot with USB hub

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  1. crosby12

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    Hello,

    I've recently got a few peripherals that only have USB connections (camera, printer, mouse). I only have 1 USB post on the back of my computer (HP Pavilion 8150C). I bought a 4-port USB hub, thinking this would solve my dilemma, but I can't boot the computer when the hub is attached.

    Computer turns on fine, goes to the blue "Hewlett-Packard" screen and sits there. Nothing, nada, zilch. No boot to windows.

    HP Pavilion 8750C, winXP Home, 512MB ram, pent. III

    Any suggestions? If this is a bios problem, I'm going to need step by step instructions on what to do.

    Thank you in advance for any help!
     
  2. Triple6

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    There were a few DELL model's that had trouble booting with a specific printer attached through the USB because it had a card reader(I think) that the system tried to boot from; that was fixed by a BIOS update with those models.

    A few things to try:
    Connect only the HUB, and no devices to it.
    Try connecting the devices one at a time, then in pairs if the first works.

    In the BIOS, press F2 or DEL or F10 on bootup, and find the boot order/settings. Set up the boot order only has the Hard drive (IDE-0, HDD) in the boot order and nothing else.

    Another issue may be power. Some older chipsets don't always put out enough power if you are using a non-powered USB hub.

    Lastly, USB ports are always in pairs, is there another one on the front somewhere? It might be used from something internally too.
     
  3. CAPSLOCK

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    USB hubs are supposed to have the capability of supporting up to 87 devices.
    That is in theory.
    I get calls everyday with people having trouble with devices plugged into these 4-port hub expanders.
    We plug the device directly into the single hub and viola'
    If I were you, take the 4-port back and buy a PCI card with 4 or 5 on it.

    Also, on your motherboard there should be another USB connection you could wire one up to the front.
     
  4. crosby12

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    i've tried the hub with no devices attached...it still gets stuck on the blue "Hewlett-Packard" screen.


    not sure what you mean by "pairs". there's a usb port on the front of the machine and another one on the back. i'm trying to connect the usb hub to the port on the back of the machine.

    i guess i thought this would be like connecting an extension cord to an outlet, but apparently it's not that simple.

    any help is much appreciated...is it fairly easy to connect a PCI card with extra usb ports?
     
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