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USB/Serial port enumeration

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by danno101, Jan 9, 2009.

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  1. danno101

    danno101 Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2009
    I have peripherals that attach via USB/serial cable. Each time I plug into a USB port, apparently XP is assigning another Com # to it. The peripheral software can only be configured up to Com10. The only USB ports in constant use are printer, mouse, and scanner. These are always connected. I can go into the device manager to access the ports and try to reassign a lower com # but the port is being reported as "in use" rendering it unavailable for anything. How do I clean these out or reset com #'s ? or stop the enumeration process ?
    I have, in safe mode, tried to remove all USB ports, hub controllers and serial ports for the pc. I have also removed all instances of the drivers for the serial/usb ports as well as the software requiring it use. Upon restarting, all ports are reinstalled including the phantom ones. XP insists on remembering.......
    Thanks in advance for any guidance here.......
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