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USB ports can't be Activated in Win 98 SE or BIOS without fatal exception

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by video martyr, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. video martyr

    video martyr Thread Starter

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    I have just been given a Pentium 3, 450mhz 56 mg of Ram. There are 2 USB Ports on the rear but system information shows them as inactive "no USB Devices". In the device manager there is no branch for USB as I have seen in other similar PCs. I have tried to enable the USB function in the BIOS and it appeared to work until I powered down and got a blue fatal exception notice. There is clearly a conflict in the IRQ steering. There is a PCI device that seems to be playing a part in this.

    Unfortunately, I don't know enough about this machines past to find answers that way.

    I have listed my self as an intermediate, after this, my status may slip.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Determine the make and model of the motherboard and download the drivers for the motherbaord chipset. Without those it probably will be upset, it will not know what it has.
     
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    How do I determine the make and model of the motherboard and chip set. Will bios tell me that or do I need a utility program for that? Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Thanks! I went with Belarc and that seemed to work fine. Here is what It found. I've edited this for just the pertinent information. It may be hard to read because I converted it to a text file, so the formatting is shifted. Other than the actual USB ports there looks like there is no supprt for USB. How can I fix that? Buy a PCI card?

    *Computer Profile Summary*
    /Computer Name: /
    /Profile Date: / Wednesday, January 25, 2006 9:54:36 PM
    /Advisor Version: / 7.0t


    *Operating System* *System Model*
    Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) PCCHIPS M741LMRT
    Asset Tag: 0000000
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    *Processor ^a * *Main Circuit Board ^b *
    450 megahertz Intel Pentium III
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: PCCHIPS M741LMRT 1.4
    Bus Clock: 66 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 62710 07/15/97
    *Drives* *Memory Modules ^c,d *
    10.79 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    3.82 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    SONY CD-RW CRX230ED [CD-ROM drive]
    Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

    Generic IDE hard disk drive (10.79 GB) -- drive 0, No SMART
    <http://www.belarc.com/smart.html> Driver
    IOMEGA ZIP 250 [Hard drive] -- drive 255, rev 51.G 56 Megabytes
    Installed Memory

    Slot '0' has 64 MB
    Slot '1' is Empty
    Slot '2' is Empty
    *Local Drive Volumes*


    c: (FAT32 on drive 0) 10.79 GB 3.82 GB free

    *Network Drives*
    /None detected/
    *Users* (mouse over user name for details) *Printers*



    Acrobat PDFWriter on LPT1:
    AdobePS Acrobat Distiller on C:\WINDOWS\All Users\Desktop\*.pdf
    AdobePS Acrobat Distiller on HP_0B0295_IPX
    HP DeskJet 600 on LPT1:
    HP LaserJet 1200 Series PCL 6 on HPLaserJet1200_copy_1
    HP LaserJet 5P/5MP PostScript on LPT1:
    Net-It Now! on \\PrintServer01\Port2
    Visioneer PaperPort on LPT1:

    *Controllers* *Display*
    Standard Floppy Disk Controller
    Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller SiS 620 [Display adapter]
    Gateway 13.8 [Monitor] (13.8"vis)
    *Bus Adapters* *Multimedia*
    /None detected/ CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
    Gameport Joystick (no joystick connected)
    Wave Device for Voice Modem
    *Communications* *Other Devices*
    HSP56 AUDIOMODEM RISER


    AOL Adapter
    DAVICOM 9102 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
    primary APIPA Address:

    Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    PS2 (PS/2) [Mouse]
     

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    Looks like a PC Chips PCCHIPS M741LMRT

    However I would run Everest, its better at hardware identification.
    Belarc gets mine wrong, Everest gets it correct, hence the recommendation.
     
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