So, my computer is not reading my USB drives unless I have something (flash drive, keyboard, speakers, printer, etc.) plugged in and then I restart. We had a power outage during the storms this week, so I am not sure if that affected anything. If I plug in a flash drive... nothing. I have to restart and then it will read it. Also, curiously, I have a Samsung color laser printer and if I turn it on, it just stays on the warming up screen until I unplug the USB cord and then plug it back in and it's fine. Obviously, this is all a big pain, because I use this computer mainly for working purposes and I don't want to restart every time I need to print a page or transfer something to/from my flash drive.
My computer is a refurbished HP 6000 Pro running Windows 7 64-bit.
Hopefully, this is enough info to get started... I've done all of the typical power cycling and such. All of the latest Windows updates are installed. I went back six days to a restore point. I unchecked the power saving option that lets the computer shut down the USB ports to save energy. Nothing.