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Back USB Ports Not Recognizing USB Drive Answered

I recently (2 hours ago) made a case for USB drive because the case "broke" off. Anyway, my main USB ports on the front are on the bottom, with a stiff port cover over them. This makes it virtually impossible to use my USB drive now, as I cannot fit it in the tight space. So I want to use one of my 4 ports on the back. My problem is that when I plug the USB drive in, it just will not recognize it. I tried it it in my mouse port, keyboard port, everything. I tried it with another USB drive to make sure I just didn't ruin my first one; it wouldn't recognize it either. Maybe I'm missing something, or being ignorant, but I can't seem to figure out why it won't recognize it, and what can be done about it. Is there some menu like in the Control Panel (though I checked) that enables the ports, or what? I really to have to go case-less. Thanks! Edit - I'm running Windows XP Home.


Check your BIOS settings, under the Integrated Peripheral section. Depending on your version, you should be able to Enable 2 or 4 or 6 USB ports, or disable them (or no such option altogether) There is also a possibility that may have to disable the front ports in order to enable all 4 ports at the back. For now i would simply suggest you look for the option to enable all 6 ports in BIOS. See how that work out first..

BIOS? Integrated Peripheral? I can't seem to find mention of those.

The screen that you first see when power on the computer should tell you which button to tap to enter BIOS setup. Some would say:
Hit <key> if you want to enter setup.
<key>= Setup
Or some other variations.

Like nachomahma said, the key differs, could be Delete, F12, F3 etc. You may have to tap a few times. If you happen to reach the Windows loading screen, that means you've missed it, you gonna have to power down and try again.

The Integrated Peripheral section in BIOS is where you can individually tweak/enable/disable integrated components on your motherboard (ie network adapter,sound, modem, USB controller etc).

There's no harm in taking a peek into BIOS, navigate around with your keyboard buttons (Arrows,Enter,Esc). When done,Press ESC to exit, and choose to Quit Without Saving, whatever accidental changes will be discarded.

Unfotunately, some BIOS unable to recognize USB Keyboards. Let's hope thats not the case with yours. If not, you gonna have to use a PS/2 Keyboard.

> If you happen to reach the Windows loading screen, that means you've missed it . Great tip. Sorry I forgot to include it in my post

. You should be able to get to the BIOS setup by pressing a key at the beginning of a boot. Which key differs, but F12, Delete, and F3 are popular. Power down the computer (not always necessary, but since you haven't done this before, it's a good place to start). Power up and start tapping (once is usually enough, but some BIOSs have a slight delay before they will recognize the keypress) the required key. The BIOS setup should appear. . Be VERY, VERY careful when messing with the BIOS; you can really muck things up. . Look around (no harm in looking) for the stuff gyromild mentioned. . If everything looks OK, LV is probably right about blown fuses.


10 years ago

I would take it to the the geek squad, thats just me and the fact I have a 3 year anything warrenty on my laptop.

Have you checked your hardware profile (in the System control panel) to verify that you have the proper drivers for all of your USB ports?

Tried it. I'm not sure what I did or changed (or if I didn't), and my drive now gets recognized in the mouse and keyboards ports, but the problem with that is that I can either use the mouse or the keyboard if I have my drive plugged in. So I have two Type-A ports that for some reason I cannot use. They say they work, but they don't recognize anything, even the mouse and keyboard. Thanks for the help!

You could just buy a hub to plug your mouse and keyboard into and then have one free working port. I know i have so many devices, i have hubs plugged into hubs ;-P

So the drive doesn't work in those two ports either? If not, you may have, at some point blown the fuses on those ports. USB uses very tiny SMC (Surface Mount Component) fuses on each line of each USB port. I wouldn't recommend to the layman to try to replace those fuses though. The easiest solution is to simply add a powered hub to either of the two working ports.