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Are My USB Ports Fried?


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#1 AngellettiNJ

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:11 PM

Hi There...
So after an itunes 8 update which i thought i was thrilled with i encountered a few probs. They Started when i hooked my girlfriends ipod shuffle up and it immediatley crashed my system..got it back up and running now my ipod wont register as recognizable hardware nor will my 8gig jump drive...but...my wireless connect runs through usb and works fine...as does the two other pieces of hardware i just mentioned...how can i find out what the real problem is that i'm experiencing

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:20 PM

Well, the main similarity I see is that your iPod and your Flash Drive are both Flash drives. They both use Flash technology. Is this your front or back buses? Have you tried using your connection USB on the "fried" usb Ports?
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:26 PM

thanks for the reply!! but im not really sure what u mean by busses...if ur asking about whether their location is in the front or back of my pc than the answer is in the back...i have 6 ports total and i've tried all 6 but it seems only my netgear wireless will work...i'm self taught in computers so i do apologize if my understanding is not up to par

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:39 PM

thanks for the reply!! but im not really sure what u mean by busses...if ur asking about whether their location is in the front or back of my pc than the answer is in the back...i have 6 ports total and i've tried all 6 but it seems only my netgear wireless will work...i'm self taught in computers so i do apologize if my understanding is not up to par


It's fine. And yes, you got it. The front or the back. And then that may mean that you might have fried your USB that have flash technology within them. Try another item that uses USB *a printer or scanner* and see if it works.

I find it strange only the Netgear Works..
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:40 PM

gotcha...i'll post back shortly with my findings
thanks again

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:42 PM

gotcha...i'll post back shortly with my findings
thanks again


Thanks. If the printer works, go right ahead and Download Safari or Opera. The current version is 9.6 for Opera, and Safari is 4.0 Beta.

Just google each and you'll find their main websites.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:09 PM

OK...I DONT HAVE A PRINTER AT HOME BUT I HAVE JUST TRIED BOTH MY DIGITAL CAMERA AND MY BLACKBERRY IN MULTIPLE PORTS WITH NO SUCCESS...VERY CONCERNED...

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:17 PM

ALSO...THESE DEVICES WILL BEEP OR MAKE A CONNECTION SIGNAL ONCE PLUGGED IN BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE THE EXTENT OF MY USB CAPABILITIES..

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:59 PM

Alright; we'll go onto the A-M and the A-V section of this to rule this out. (Beeping sounds are never good.. unless it's music.)

Alright; here we go.

InstallMBAM into your computer. You can search it, or go to download.com, and search MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Continue to follow the installation process. After you are done installing, Run the updater. Install all updates, then go to the main menu for MBAM.
In here, press Quick Scan. Post your results here when you get them

Now onto A-V's.

Go back to download.com. Download Avast Anti-Virus. Install it, and then, when it's on the memory loading part, press the Registration Page. This is free, and will give you a 12 month license. Now, fill out the form there (it's really short, just E-mail and Security Code, one of the non-spamming things.)

Now go into your e-mail and get the registration Code. Copy and paste that part into the Registration License area.
Now, run the updater, by pressing the Eject sign on the top left corner. It will be under Updates. Run both the Virus one and the Program one.

Now, you should be set to run. Click on the hard drive sign on the right hand side. It looks like a Hard Drive. It's the top one.
Now, after this, you are ready to scan. Press the play button the left side of the interface. If you do get a virus, delete the instance of it.

Now try your USB's. If they make the same sounds/do the same thing, then we can know you did, indeed, FRY your USB Drives. If they seem to operate, then you had a Malware or Virus in your unit that prohibited you from doing so.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:27 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1814
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/2/2009 9:27:01 PM
mbam-log-2009-03-02 (21-27-01).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 103686
Time elapsed: 15 minute(s), 3 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:32 PM

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.34
Database version: 1814
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

3/2/2009 9:27:01 PM
mbam-log-2009-03-02 (21-27-01).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 103686
Time elapsed: 15 minute(s), 3 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)


So your empty on Malware. That's definately a good thing. How about your AV Scan? Yield any sort of signs?
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:59 PM

Swordie...i ran avast as well and found 0 infections

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:06 PM

Well, I just got some new info:

It might be your PCI USB 2.0 Card. This card looks similar in size to a Wireless Network Card, and I believe it is inside the computer. I'm not completely sure that is the problem, but it seems it might be. I'd try uninstalling your drivers if you haven't, reboot, then reinstall. If it doesn't work, then PCI Is your next choice.
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:41 PM

For me, it's just an experience lesson.

Of all the motherboards I have owned or bought for others...onboard video is easily the most reliable component provided.

Onboard NICs fail and there's no way of figuring that out, other than deduction and loss of Internet connectivity. Same with USB.

Fortunately, those two functions are readily available in reliable PCI form...rather cheaply.

I like onboard system functions...I just don't like to be at their mercy on any given day :thumbsup:.

And often the time that a user spends trying to troubleshoot either USB or NIC failure...is more valuable than the cost of an easy-to-install/implement work-around, if not replacement.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:44 PM

If you have a nearby Circuit City closing, you could pick up a NIC or PCI for 5 or 10 dollars.. They have like tons of those.
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