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USB Ports

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MrsJodikins, Oct 6, 2003.

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  1. MrsJodikins

    MrsJodikins Thread Starter

    Aug 2, 2003

    I think my USB ports are bad...no, I know they're bad. I have had my HP Pavilion 751n for about a year and this is the first time I tried to use them today.

    3 of the 4 don't work at all. And the 4th reads anything I plug into it, including an HP Printer and the Wireless Network Adapter (which I know works cause it's on this computer right now) as an Unknown Device.

    HP, of course, tell me that the issue is me. I don't know what I'm doing. Funny how I had no problems setting up hubby's computer to run on a wireless system.

    Anyone know if this is a major repair? Should I scrap the idea of having a printer (I could, of course, create a network and use the one connected to my hubby's computer) and just go buy the wireless PCI card as linksys suggested?

    Thanks for the thoughts!

  2. Kerri Ann

    Kerri Ann

    Aug 18, 2003
    well, i don't know much about wireless networking, but I do know this- I don't like HP printers AT ALL. I have one, a 1210 all in one, and I can't even use the stupid thing on this computer. It's a long story, but that printer is the whole reason I joined this forum. I would scrap the idea of having an hp printer, and get an epson or whatever...
    The tech support for hp won't help you, they told me the same thing. It's the software that's the problem. and you have to use their software to use your hp printer.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    FWIW, I have had several Epson printers in the past few years, and I refuse to have another. Their software drivers stink, and I'm being nice! I've had my ancient HP-LJ3 for many years, and all it does is sit there an print. I also have the HP PSC-750 multi-function printer, and it's an excellent color printer. HP has a very nice feature, the ink nozzles are on the cartridge, so when you replace the cartridge, you also get a new print head. The Epson is a PITA when the head gets dirty.
  4. Krall


    Sep 30, 2003
    You could try going to staples or another type of store that sells computer stuff and buy an internal USB card. They have between 2 and 4 ports on them , run about $25 (I think) , and if it doesnt work they are returnable. This way, you can just stick the card into one of your PCI slots on the motherboard and it will give you 2 new usb ports without having alot of exspense and without having to give up your printer.
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