USB Trouble Win ME

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thinkingout

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Hi,
Problem is the USB ports are not recognising the newly purchased USB Card Reader/Writer on my WinME system.
I have tried it on my Win98 system and it is fine there.
So what do I do? When I plug it in to the port, there is no red light on. According to the information supplied by http://www.veritech.com.tw I don't need to install any drivers from the supplied disc on Windows ME .

System shows no exclamation marks, and says the USB ports are working okay. I checked for drivers on system and it reports back that I have up to date drivers.

I might add that I use the same USB ports to connect a budget price digital camera. That is capable of loading piccies onto my pc provided I turn on the battery power at the camera.

So, what do I do next?
 

thinkingout

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I am having another push at getting this problem solved. It is REALLY annoying. I can't believe that no-one has had this problem before.
The supplier told me to "Have a look in the BIOS by pressing the delete key on boot up and then go to integrated peripherals and make sure that USB is enabled."
It turned out that USB was not enabled, so I enabled it and saved. The ports were still not recognising my USB flash card or USB mouse, so I removed USB at control panel, system, and rebooted. The system recognised them again and reinstalled them. But I still could not use them.
The supplier said, "It might be worth doing a Windows update to make sure you have all of the latest updates. If that doesn't work re-installing Windows might help."
So I said, "I have reinstalled Windows ME three times in the past year and installed ALL the Windows updates."
Now the supplier is saying, "But you haven't re-installed Windows since you enabled the USB ports."
Now, I am under the impression that reloading Windows from my discs, will entail spending a whole day downloading Windows Updates, and another whole day reloading all my applications and documents, so before I go down this route, can someone out there please give me a second opinion?
 
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you can do a repair install of me providing you have the original os installation cd. if all yopu have is a recovery cd then you will lose everything on your hdd. have you gotten updated drivers for your motherboard? that might solve the problem.
 

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If the motherboard is old then maybe the USB ports are only USB 1.0 which had some issues.

As mentioned above you need to install the drivers for you mainboard which should include the USB ports- I assume the USB ports are built-in to the motherbaord and not a seperate removeable card?

If you post the model of you motherbaord, you can use AIDA32 to identify it: http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

In the BIOS, see if there's an option to ASSSIGN IRQ to USB - if there is make sure its set to ON or YES.

As a last resort you can buy a PCI USB add-on card that will give you 2, 4, or 6 USB 2.0 Ports like this: http://www.startech.com/ststore/itemdetail.cfm?ProductID=PCI225USB&topbar=topbaruf.htm
 
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Another alert is that sometimes when not using a ps/2 mouse there is an issue that devices can sit on IRQ12 and appear to be working fine, this IRQ is reserved, pop a ps2 mouse in and the devices are bumped to a workable IRQ.
 
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