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USB won't work

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jtn3833, Oct 1, 2008.

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  1. jtn3833

    jtn3833 Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2000
    I'm dealing with a friends old Compaq running WinXp home. She's trying to get a new HP printer working with it using the USB connector. I've looked at it and I can only come up with the idea that none of the USB ports on the computer work.

    I attached another USB printer and it never detected it. I've reinstalled the drivers for the printer several times and it seems to install fine until the install package tries to detect the printer, then it says installation failed.

    I also installed a PCI - USB card and that didn't work either (never detected the printer). There doesn't appear to be anything internally unplugged or loose either and no problems according to the Device Manager.

    The biggest problem with the computer is that it's only running with 256M or RAM. I'm going to install 1G RAM this weekend - could the low RAM be the issue?

    In retrospect I should have plugged in my jump-drive to see if it would would be detected, but I didn't think of it at the time... I'll give that a try this weekend when I install the RAM

    Any thoughts?
  2. shinybeast


    Sep 29, 2008
    Hello, check the USB controller status in Device Manager to make sure Windows knows about them and they are functional. If they aren't functional they may be disabled in BIOS.
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