Lady Wu wrote:I have an ancient laptop that was working great until this afternoon, when none of my USB devices worked. When I plugged in my keyboard, flash drive, mouse, and external drives, the lights came on but it seemed the computer wasn't reading any information---none of those devices were recognized.
What could potentially be the problem? And is there a work-around?
(Unfortunately, "get a new laptop" is not a feasible solution.)
Lady Wu wrote:No, the chime sound doesn't play. Things worked well in the morning, then I left the computer on and went out for a few hours. When I came back I found that my mouse wasn't working. That's when I tried a few other devices and found that nothing was talking to the computer. I do remember, however, that either that morning or the day before, my laptop shut down on its own for no reason, so I somewhat suspect that there was a power surge or something that fried the ports. However, since the ports were still conducting power (my laptop fan works when I plugged it in, and keyboards, mice, external drives and whatnot light up---it's just that no information is exchanged between the devices and the computer), which made me reluctant to give up on this machine. I did check all the drivers and they were updated.
Lady Wu wrote:Thanks James and Adrian.
I had already checked the Device Manager, which claimed everything was working properly. I tried updating the drivers too but the system said everything was up-to-date already.
A dummy question since I've never had to deal with PC cards before... are they all the same size?
PS: Now that I think about it... that time when my laptop just shut itself down may have to do with the USB drawing too much power from it, perhaps? Do these adapters come with external power?
Starscream wrote:My 2 year old PC is on the verge of collapse soon too. The beep during the bios bootup takes minutes when it should be heard within seconds from power on. This has been on and off for the past half year. Then today, my pc hanged when I was surfing the net halfway. When that happened to my old pc years back, it died of motherboard burn out. So this time, I am backing up my data just in case if this is the last time it is going to boot up again.
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