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New USB card locks up computer - why?

By fredriley ·
I have installed a Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 5-Port PCI Card and I am having problems with the computer locking up when I hookup one of usb devices.

Here is what I have done to try and solve the problem:

1) Followed the Trouble Shooter that comes with Windows XP.

2) Gone to your Belkin site and read all the FAQs

3) Downloaded and installed Belkin drivers for the above card

4) Gone to the Control Panel and made sure each USB is working and it says all are working o.k.

5) Tried plugging in one device at a time

6) Tried different ports to see if one might not be working
My Equipment"

1) A Compag 4000 series desktop

2) Windows XP w/service pack 2

3) An external Maxtor hard drive

4) An Epson Photo R200 printer

5) A Cannon scanner

Would anyone be able to help? Thanks, Fred

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by sgt_shultz In reply to New USB card locks up com ...

my guess would be you need a powered usb hub...

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by willcomp In reply to New USB card locks up com ...

Sarge may sorta be on the right track. Each port on a PCI card is powered though, so shouldn't need a powered hub.

Where he may be onto something is whether or not you have an adequate power supply. Compaq usually doesn't install more than absolutely necessary, so power output may be marginal.

What is watt rating of your power supply and how much on 5v rail? That may tell us something.


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by house In reply to New USB card locks up com ...

It is most definately a power issue. I've had problems using a dsl modem, my MX Duo, etc... any usb device on my computer will either seize my system or cause memory errors. When I've moved my LAN to ethernet, and keyboard and mouse to ps/2, I've seen no problems whatsoever.

I agree %100% with the above comments. Get a better power supply. You probably have a 280 or something like that.

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