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I'm lost, or at a least my USB Ports are! Help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by passjay, Jan 20, 2016.

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  1. passjay

    passjay Thread Starter

    Jan 20, 2016
    Hi & Good morning...

    I was having a problem with my PC's USB ports. I ran into a boot loop a few months ago, and luckily was able to use my Hiren's boot CD to recover back to an earlier date in time, which did work. The recovery method in which I used stopped the boot loop. However, another problem ensued, my computer's ports power down when I get to XP's desktop. Could be a virus? Could be corrupted drivers? I do not know. The computer is fine and all I suppose, its just that the USB ports are losing power before it gets to the Windows XP desktop. Right now as I send this email to you my PC is within the XP desktop, in screen saver mode. As I am unable to use a mouse or keyboard because of the aforementioned problem. I cannot use Safe Mode either because of the USB ports. Any suggestions would be of help as I would appreciate it.

  2. valis

    valis Moderator

    Sep 24, 2004
    moving to the XP forum. It may turn out to be a virus issue, but we can move it back at that time.
  3. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    If you have PS/2 connector(s) on your motherboard you could get USB to PS/2 adaptor(s) which should let you use your present keyboard and/or mouse, just make sure you get USB female to PS/2 male adapter(s), they are also made the other way round for plugging PS/2 into USB port on the PC.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
  4. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Mar 9, 2009
    A virus may have indeed disabled your USB ports. They can be re-enabled from the registry or the BIOS. However, without a keyboard, that's rather difficult to do... Try the PS/2 connector suggested by managed. Then, we'll show you how to re-enable the USB ports, hoping a possible infection will not be preventing it...
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