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my windows xp

By bominney ·
can I get software to upgrade my windows xp to accept a USB port?

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by ctrservices In reply to my windows xp

XP is configured to automatically accept USB connections. The following URL has troubleshooting hints;en-us;Q310575.

"Remove and reinstall all USB controllers" should help.

If you still have problems, click the Add Comment button and let us know exactly what you are trying to do.

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by TheChas In reply to my windows xp

Windows XP should work with nearly any USB port or USB device that exists. You may need device drivers for both the USB port and the USB device.

There are some older flash memory readers, printers and scanners that do not have drivers so that Windows XP can operate the device.

Now, what is your specific issue in getting XP to see your USB port?

If the ports are on your motherboard, or built into your case, they might not be enabled in BIOS setup.

If the ports are on a plug-in card, you may need to install drivers for the card.

If you are plugging a device into an un-powered USB hub, the hub may not be able to supply enough power for the device.

For many USB devices, you need to install drivers before you plug in the device.

If the above general tips do not help, please post more specific details of the problem you are having.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to my windows xp

I would go along with The Chas here in every case where I've run into an XP box not reconsigning a USB device the USB ports have been turned off in the BIOS.

It seems that some system builders did this at the early stage of XP as it didn't support USB2 so they just disabled the USB Ports in BIOS to overcome any possible problems.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

I should have added this if you do not know how to turn on the USB ports in BIOS post back here by clicking on Add Comment and one of us will walk you through the process.

Lets know if you need any help.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Well as Dell don't list the 7400 just by itself this gets a bit hard but generally you need to press the Del, F1 or F2 key to enter BIOS.

But as you have said you have removed the USB ports and can not reinstall them from Windows it sounds as if they are active in BIOS at least. Try performing a System File Check by clicking on the start button and in the Run option type SFC you'll need your recovery CD and it will pick up any files missing or that have been altered since the original install.

The bad thing here is that it will also remove any patches that you have applied since the computer was built and you'll need to reinstall every Hot Patch and everything else that has been released by MS since your particular system was built.


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by jdclyde In reply to my windows xp

This may seem overyly simple, but is this a device that plugs directly into the USB port or does it have a cable?

The cable could be bad, try another or try this cable on another system.

Are you using a USB hub of any kind? Many devices play better and even recommend to plug them directly in for initial config and THEN run through the hub.

Lastly, if this is the ports in the front of the case, take the cover off and make sure that they are plugged into the mother board. Depending on who put the system together or other work that has been done since, it could have become unplugged or never plugged in in the first place.

I see this for CD/DVD players that don't have sound all the time.

Good luck.

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by bominney In reply to my windows xp

how do i bring up the BIOS?

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by bominney In reply to my windows xp

well I uninstlled all my usb ports, now it won't let me reinstall them, I am trying to hook up an hp psc 2210 all-in-one to a Dell 7400. And now my printer is flashing "remove and check cartridge. I would appreciate any help I can get. I just renewed both cartridges

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by 3xp3rt In reply to my windows xp

The windows XP recognize the USB ports, but the USB 2.0 will be recognize by XP just if you have installed min. SP1. Usually the motherboard driver CD have no USB drivers for XP but have a readme.txt file where are this information.
It?s possible that you have connected your printer to USB 2.0 port and this is not configured by XP.

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by bominney In reply to my windows xp

my computer is a Dell 4700 instead of 7400 sorry my mistake

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