PLEASE HELP! Problem with adding USB devices on my Vista pc. If I add one to a free port, it cra

  kt0104 22:03 18 Aug 2013

Need a little help please!

I had struggled to install a USB network WiFi stick thing - which wouldn't work. However, when I unplug another USB device (a hub) it seems to work far ~ I have WiFi. Yay! However, the minute I plug in another USB device, I lose the WiFi ~ and it's murder getting it back! It cuts out completely, then goes to limited service. A free USB port would be handy for obvious reasons ~ and I'm not overly confident that the WiFi will hold, given the 7-hours it took me to get it to work in the first place! My machice has three free USB ports, but it can't handle another USB device. I've disabled all other apparent WiFi devices that I can ~ there's one I can't disable, which I've drawn a line at uninstalling. It could be fluke; but disabling them seemed to get me online! I did have an issue with a USB device before which I stupidly removed and replaced hot ~ which I'm guessing may have contributed to the problem. That said, I installed a Windows update 12-hours before these problems started occuring, so there are a lot of possible causes to choose from!

My concern is that I originally thought it may be best to install new drivers (which I've not done yet) ~ but I can't do that without an internet connection. I also had an intermittent Code 12 Ethernet controller issue ~ I couldn't repair it, so have since disabled it (thought it wasn't helping resources as the CPU seemed awfully 'busy'~ I'm not confident that the WiFi will hold and have no ethernet option if not. The CPU still seems really 'busy' ~ it's like it's working on something pretty major in the background. To add to this; some programmes are also very sluggish now ~ Outlook for one. The PC's clearly not happy!

Does anyone have any suggestions. Please!


PS My knowledge is rudimentary at best ~ please be gentle and not too techie if possible! :)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:07 18 Aug 2013

A couple of things you could try

Refresh USB Ports Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry click here device manager Uninstall EVERYTHING under the heading USB, reboot the PC let XP find and install new hardware. Your equipment should now be recognised.

Remove all USB devices

Download and run USB device View

Uninstall ALL devices that are shown as not connected.

Reboot the machine.

Plug in your USB device and windows should then find new hardware and reinstall the drivers for the device.

or In

  rdave13 22:16 18 Aug 2013

Sounds like a weak Power Supply Unit in your PC. Is the USB hub you connect to the PC with its own power supply? If not then I'd recommend buying a USB powered hub.

For reference only but check if a powered hub (comes with own power AC supply transformer).

  rdave13 22:21 18 Aug 2013

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