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Strange USB behavior on laptop

My laptop has been having problems recognizing USB devices recently. Either it takes a really, really long time for the device to be recognized, or it's recognized nearly immediately but the device doesn't perform correctly. For example, I have a wireless bluetooth mouse that used to work, but currently the USB receiver is recognized (it makes the connection sound) but it doesn't read input from the mouse. I attach my phone, and either it's not recognized at all (despite making the connection sound) or it's recognized as a CD Drive instead of as a removable drive. No major changes to the system recently, aside from having the Norton subscription that was on here run out and replacing it with MSSE. The problems started before switching the AV software, however. It's a Win7 64 bit system. Other information available if needed.
posted by codacorolla on Sep 29, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I figure out what this USB device is?

I've got a Windows laptop computer I'm working on that has a small usb device plugged into it, and I can't tell what it is. It has a little red square with an icon of a six-armed gear, and it's one of those low-profile things that only sticks out a quarter-inch or so. I'd almost think it's a wireless mouse receiver, except that this thing also has a wireless mouse receiver plugged in. Is there a program I can run to tell me what USB devices are plugged in?
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me go wireless.

I want to be able to access my hard drives wirelessly, and I don't know where to start. Plus bonus question. Help! [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Aug 23, 2012 - 19 answers

Help! Photos trapped inside my camera!!

Can someone point me in the direction of a driver that will work in Vista to allow me to get my photos off my camera? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Do usb and firewire outlets exist?

Can I set up usb connections, dvd/cd drives, and other computer stuff in separate rooms? Do usb and firewire, and dvd/cd drive outlets exist that can be mounted in wall-boxes? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Driving something with a boot the size of my thumb.

Creating a bootable copy of Windows 7 64 bit on a USB drive. [more inside]
posted by 517 on Aug 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Full deluxe duplex

A computer recording question. What will I need to turn a modern desktop PC into a multitrack studio? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Jul 15, 2010 - 14 answers

how can I get data off this drive?

I am trying to recover data from a WD3200ME-01, a WD 320GB USB-powered drive but the physical drive does not have SATA or IDE connection - only a mini USB connection soldered to the circuit board - and the drive is not recognized via USB anymore. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 16, 2009 - 9 answers

USB 3.0 or not

Looking at getting a new computer. Is it worth waiting for USB 3.0? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jan 19, 2009 - 15 answers

can I setup usb on linux to only support input devices?

Does anyone know a good way to make input devices be the only thing recognized by usb on linux? [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Jun 4, 2008 - 8 answers

KVM that doesn't suck?

Do you know of a USB/DVI KVM switch for 2 computers that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on May 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Free my files!

How do I get ~40GB of data off my outdated PC? [more inside]
posted by kwaller on Mar 8, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me find a bluetooth usb dongle for purchase.

Help me find a bluetooth usb dongle for purchase. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Thumb Drive Life Cycle

Thumb Drive Life Cycle [more inside]
posted by KRS on May 24, 2007 - 2 answers

Can you identify this connector?

Can you identify this connector? It's actually for bluetooth in the Mac Pro, but I want to figure out what this 10-pin connector is officially called so that I can buy a male analog of it. [more inside]
posted by floam on Jan 27, 2007 - 16 answers

Where can I find a USB lock?

Where can I find a device that locks a USB port to a specific mouse or keyboard? [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Aug 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Looking for a USB conntector

I am trying to purchase, online or in the Seattle area, a Type A (female) right angle dual stacked USB connector. I have been unable this far to find someone willing to sell be just one (as opposed to a ship container full from China). Anyone knoew where I might be able to? Radio Shack and Westlake Electronics do not carry them and Radar Inc did not have any right angle ones.
posted by Riemann on Jul 24, 2006 - 8 answers

USB key anomaly

There should only be 5 mb of data on my 1 gig usb drive, but it says there's 493 mb used up. what's going on? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on May 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Can you spin down an external hard drive?

Can you spin down a hard drive in an external USB or Firewire enclosure? [more inside]
posted by knave on Nov 25, 2005 - 10 answers

hot-swap query

Hot-swap question, PCs to Macs and vice-versa... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Sep 5, 2005 - 3 answers

Where can I get customized USB drives for a good price?

Where can I get customized USB thumb drives for a good price? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Must have programs for a USB card

I'm looking for programs that are able to be stored on a USB memory stick that will allow me to run them off the stick and stay on top of things wherever I am. Anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by nosophoros on Jun 21, 2005 - 19 answers

USB Drive

So I just got a 512MB USB key drive as an early christmas present, and I'm looking for interesting things to put on it (other than, you know, files). I know about Portable Firefox and Portable Thunderbird, but is there anything else I should check out?
posted by kaefer on Dec 24, 2004 - 11 answers

Can you suggest a decent, cheap external firewire or USB CDRW that works with OS9?

My mother has an older iMac running on OS9. I'd like to upgrade her to a new one but can't afford it right now. I need to buy an external firewire or USB CDRW that will work with OS9 so she can easily back up her digital photography; can anyone suggest something decent and cheap?
posted by luriete on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Problem with XP recognizing a USB connexion

My computer (Windows XP) will not recognize the USB connection I've added to it. [more...] [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Dec 27, 2003 - 3 answers

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