Posted 22 March 2006 - 11:17 AM
This could get quite lengthy...but here goes. It all started when I created an account for my son. I set him up as a limited user, and off he went. During the course of his ventures to the unkown, the computer apparantly crashed. He shut it down and got back on just fine. Later that evening, I went to sign on and my account, with administrator rights, could not be accessed. I did not have a password for this account, so I don't know what the reason behind this was. So I tried to access windows through the administrator account, which turned out to be disabled. The only way to at least get on line was through my son's account. However, since it was limited, there was nothing I could do to access any of my files, etc. After reading through countless forums for countless hours, trying everything outside of purchasing a program, I decided to install a new copy of XP to see if I could get to my stuff that way. Well, as they say, hindsight is 20/20, and not having partitioned my hard drive for just this sort of thing, well, I had to install it on the same drive as the old XP (naming it windows2). Everything seems to be running pretty well, so far. I found my files, of course, (whew!) I figured the best thing to do was to copy what I wanted from the old XP, and then reformat the whole thing so I wouldn't have the two OS's fighting eachother, probably causing more headaches then I am prepared to deal with. At first I thought it was just my mouse that was giving me a hard time. (I seem to be able to destroy them in about 6 mos) It is an optical wireless mouse and keyboard setup (Microsoft Photo Explorer, I believe), and so I just plugged around with the keyboard. When I got some things together and put them in files to be copied, but when I tried to copy them to my flash, it wouldn't work either. Needless to say, none of the USB ports are working (I have 8 of 'em). I checked the bios and the bios said I had all 8, and the mouse and one other device (my flash drive) were listed also. Device manager showed yellow ? on "other devices", namely, the 'sm bus controller'. I've tried to reinstall the drivers using the XP cd and the motherboard (Azus) cd, but they didn't work. I have disconnected and reconnected and rebooted and remain confused. Can anyone steer me in the right direction as to what the problem may be? I have spent way too many hours trying to cypher this one out, and am at a loss. This is what I have:
Pentium 4 2.4 Gig
Intel 5.00.1012 chipset
Azus ppym1503 bios
Intel PCI to USB enhanced host controller ICH5
Windows XP Pro
Hope I given enough info and I thank you for your time! Kath.