I have an Advent 7100 Laptop which came with Dixons OEM Windows XP Home. Which crashed, Big Time about a month ago. Had to format and as there were no discs supplied with it, A recovery disk was included in the OEM, which dissapeared with the formating. Installed my legit copy of Windows XP Home, all has gone well accept the 2x USB 2.0 ports. I am running a 200GB External Disk drive which since the format is only working as 1.0 USB and I get the message that it would run a lot faster with 2.USB.
Is there any way I can get the 2.0 USB ports to function again?
Can you check in Device Manager - USB to see if you have anything listed as Enhanced Host Controller. If you have, USB2 should be OK. If not, try uninstalling everything under USB then re-boot to let Windows re-install USBs.