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HP Photosmart printer has disabled all my USB ports!

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#1 cmh123


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Posted 30 October 2011 - 11:23 AM

Hi, I recently bought and installed a HP photosmart B109a printer/scanner, which has been working fine. The problem is now when I plug in any other device to my USB ports I get a 'USB device not recognized' message.

This happens when I plug in my digital camera, web cam, and a USB memory stick.

It's definitely the new HP printer that has disabled the USB ports from working, because all worked well before installing the printer - and I have disconnected the HP printer and uninstalled all it's software and now the other USB devices work normally.

I have looked on the HP web site but can't find any info about this. I tried unplugging the computer from the mains to reboot the motherboard, as I read some articles on the web that said this might reinstall the USB device drivers and fix the problem, but it had no effect.

So at the moment I have uninstalled the printer and my other USB devices work fine, but I have no printer! How can I get the photosmart printer to install without disabling my other USB ports? (I'm using windows XP SP3)

Thanks very much for any help :)

Edited by cmh123, 30 October 2011 - 11:26 AM.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 11:54 AM

Just for the heck of it, have you tried another USB cable on the printer?
Thats about the only thing I can think of to try.
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:21 PM

Well...it could be a bad USB port causing the problems, if you haven't tried the printer in all the ports.

In any case, I would uninstall the current USB controllers...reboot...and allow them to reinstall. This is how to reinstall the USB drivers.


#4 cmh123

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:42 AM

Hi, thanks very much for your replies. I tried reinstalling the printer with a new USB cable and it worked! All the USB ports are working as normal now :)

Thanks! :thumbsup:

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