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Enable USB ports in BIOS/CMOS?

By Btesone ·
I am running an 1800+ AMD chip on an I-Will KA266R MB, Win XP (pro) SP1, 256 M DDR Ram, 120G HDD, and a new BIOS chip from Award/Pheonix. I have already spoke (long distance) to the BIOS chip, and probably have to call again. I installed the new chip, and was having problems with boot time and USB ports. Chip people suggested a reload of winXP. I did not only a complete reload, but also re-formatted. Still same problems. The USB ports on MB work fine. Added USB PCI card is recognized, butdoes not work when adding devices: Zip drive, ext HDD, etc.
I also told them going back to my old BIOS chip after clearing CMOS did not work (that is why I reloaded).

Thank anyone in advance,
Bob Tesone
Louisville, CO

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Enable USB ports in BIOS/CMOS?

by TheChas In reply to Enable USB ports in BIOS/ ...

A couple of ideas come to mind.

First, are you sure that the PCI card functions properly?

Try it in another PC and see if it functions there.

What about PCI buss voltage and speed settings?

If the PCI buss speed is too slow, USB 2.0 may have problems running at speed.

The USB card needs 5 volts to power the USB devices.
If you have a 3.3 volt PCI buss, then the voltage to the devices may be too low for them to operate.


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Enable USB ports in BIOS/CMOS?

by Thamer In reply to Enable USB ports in BIOS/ ...

Make sure you have the latest BIOS, reset the CMOS, then load any reccomended drivers provided by the mobo manufacturer- WHQL certified ones if possible. In somewhere like Integrated perhepials/devices section of the BIOS you usually find USB options. Check device manager for IRQ and other conflicts/problems if any.

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Enable USB ports in BIOS/CMOS?

by jim_valerie_archer In reply to Enable USB ports in BIOS/ ...

I also have USB conflict problems. The problem seem to be some sort of incompatability between the hardware and Win XP. Something I did that helped but not completely cured the situation was. I download the latest USB drivers from the chipset manucfurer, (VIA in my case) VIA had also a filter patch that helped as well. The patch is supposed to help initialise the chipset when XP loads. Apparently XP does not initialise some USB chipsets properly. By the way I have been through the BIOS ugrade and reload and would also suggest that you should be careful when loading XP upgrades.


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by zoka11 In reply to Enable USB ports in BIOS/ ...

TheChas is OK for voltage

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Enable USB ports in BIOS/ ...

If all the baove answers don't solve the problem try getting new Win XP drivers for your USB card.

The only remaining thing could be a card based incompatibility. I have seen some boards where the use of off-board services will not work until AFTER the on-board equivalents are disabled. This can be checked by disabling the on=board USB and seeing if this allows the card to work properly. If this is the case approach the BIOS and MB manufacturers with your problem and they will most likely issue an update to fix it.

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