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jl25
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Dell Inspiron 1501 USB Ports

Hi!

I have an inspiron that is about 4 years old. In November, the disc drive broke so I bought an external drive. Now, none of the USB ports work. I am looking to get a new computer in the near future, but is there any way to temporarily fix the usb ports so I can get my files off?

Thank you!

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ieee488
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 USB Ports

I suspect that your external USB DVD drive is power hungry and require an external power supply or 2 USB ports to work.

 

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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 USB Ports

jl25,

 

Try...

 

Go to device manager(right click my computer, left click properties, left click hardware, left click device manager)



Go to the USB Controller section and click the + sign.



Starting at the bottom, USB Root Hubs, and working your way to the top, USB Universal Controllers, un-install everything in that section.



Restart your computer. Windows will find everything again and correct the problem one. Please be patient. The new hardware wizard may work 3-5 minutes before it's done.

 

 

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jl25
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 USB Ports

PudgyOne-

I tried that and it did not work Smiley Sad

When I plug anything (ipod, printer, flash drives) in any of the 4 usb ports, the computer will not recongnize it.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 USB Ports

Try reinstalling the chipset driver and then rebooting.

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