Why does my USB port now only work with one device?
May 26, 2010 1:28 PM Subscribe
My USB port works with my printer, but has stopped working for all other devices.
posted by Flying Saucer to computers & internet (7 answers total)
I have a Sony VAIO running Windows XP. I have two USB ports in the front and two in the rear. I used to plug in all sorts of devices in the front, including my printer (which is unplugged the rest of the time). The printer cable works in either front port, but the following devices are no longer recognized:
Three different thumb drives
All of these worked before, and all work in the rear ports, so it isn't the devices or cables themselves. Something has happened to the front ports.
I've looked at similar AskMeFi threads, various tech message boards, and Microsoft support, and tried all the Device Manager fixes they suggest, but nothing works. So here I am.
I guess the question boils down to whether this is a software problem or a hardware problem. The former I could probably fix myself (with instructions) while the latter would probably mean taking the computer in.