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Disregard last USB posts, MUST read this.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by akira77, Sep 30, 2003.

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  1. akira77

    akira77 Thread Starter

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    Okay okay okay. Its not the USB port, and its not the Headset.

    The computer doesnt even acknowledge the USB ports' existence.

    I checked under the list of ports and etc. There was 2 COM and 1 LPT port, but no USB. This is odd because their ARE 2 USB ports right on the back with everything else. I even hooked the headset into both ports.

    So, why doesnt my computer read, recognize, or acknowledge the 2 USB ports right on the back? The headset works on other computers just fine, so its not the headset. I've downloaded and updated all the Windows Update etc. under the Tools, Windows Update menu in Internet Explorer.All the driver's are updated and etc. Everything is finis'.

    So why, why oh why does my computer not recognize the 2 USB ports sack dab on the back in plain sight and use???? ARGH!

    I have Windows XP and an old TIGER computer with an AMD K6 processor.
     
  2. GwizJoe

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    Were the USB ports enabled in the BIOS?
    Do you see a "Universal serial bus controller" in your Device Manager?

    You can have all sorts of I/O,sound,video,and Lan ports "in plain sight",but unless they are enabled in the BIOS,the computer doesn't even know they are there.And,if the computer doesn't know they are there,Windows won't load drivers for them,or set up the device for you to use at all.
     
  3. compilerxp

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    USB ports are not listed under "ports" with COM & LPT...

    Its listed at the bottom as:
    Universal Serial Bus Controllers

    What kind of computer do you have? Make sure they are enabled in BIOS.

    Read instructions for Headset *BEFORE* plugging in.

    With many USB devices, if you plug them in FIRST, you cannot install the software drivers for them automaticly.
     
  4. akira77

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    Uh, what and where is BIOS?

    Like i said, i have a Tiger computer with an AMD K-6 processor.

    And no, the Universal Series Bus Controller isnt in my device manager.
     
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    When the computer is booting up it shows all the info and says press F1(F2, F10, or DEL) to enter setup. Do that and find the entry for USB(may be more than one, so get the one that enables USB not USB legacy) and enable it.
     
  6. compilerxp

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    On very OLD Computers, they may have USB 1.0 or Pre 1.0 ports... and therefore not compatible with Windows and or the device.

    I remember when USB was new... it was OUT for the PC for over a year before the Imac... but like the chicken & the egg - there were no devices... there were NO drivers... By the time Windows98 came out with USB support, there were some problems and USB 1.1 came out (hardware). Hence, even thou Win95 can be "patched" to use USB - most devices won't work with Windows95 anyways or the hardware it shipped with.

    Try the BIOS thing, see if USB is turned off....

    Options:
    1 - buy a $30 USB card
    2 - Upgrade to new computer $500~700

    WindowsXP is very hard on the K6 system, you'll get better performance going back to Windows98...

    I see Dell even has a little system for $350 (No CD-Burner) and 128mb RAM.
     
  7. akira77

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    Well, I checked the BIOS menu, and was quite shocked at what i found:

    The USB enable thing wasn't even there.

    Nothing in the menu said anything about USB or USB related things. I checked in all the other enus, but saw nothing about USB.

    So...i cant enable USB in the BIOS menu because it isnt in there. What do i do now?
     
  8. compilerxp

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    Options:
    1 - buy a $30 USB card
    2 - Upgrade to new computer $500~700

    As stated before... they were building on USB ports onto motherboards before the software was ready. A BIOS update may enable them... but most likely they are off spec and will not work with any devices.
     
  9. akira77

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    Tell me more about this BIOS update.

    I want to try all my options before bringing money into the mix.
     
  10. compilerxp

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    I doubt it would work...

    As stated before... if your motherboard is that old, it will most likely be a USB 1.0 setup which has problems. You need to track down the maker of your motherboard - use aida32 from www.aida32.hu

    See what BIOS files they have available... again, it must be for YOUR board specificly. Download it, unpack it, read the instructions, run the BIOS update utility.

    - DOing so can also KILL your board if you do it wrong.
    - Some BIOS updater programs have bugs... especially with older stuff, who knows. I've seen "BIOS MISMATCH ERROR" when both products *DO* match...

    1 - buy a $30 USB card
    2 - Upgrade to new computer $500~700

    Question... why did you buy the headset? Why not a normal regular headset? note: your USB headset is EMULATING a sound card... correct? If so, it will require quite a bit of CPU time to work. Even on the best of systems, the results are not great... with some of us shaking our heads "why bother?" Yes, such products have their place.

    Start saving money... The more you want to do with your computer, the harder it'll be getting to do so. This is one example.

    If you get a digital camera... you'll need more power and proper working USB ports anyways.
     
  11. ~Candy~

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    Did that system come with the USB ports or did you add them later??????
     
  12. gotrootdude

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    My old celeron [email protected] motherboard won't recognize the ports without installing the motherboard drivers.. Try finding out who made the motherboard and visiting their website to find the motherboard drivers...
     
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