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Enabling the USB port in the Xp machine!

by STEFFU / June 9, 2010 6:26 PM PDT

Hi there,

I am using an XP machine in my office and has the administrator rights.I wanted to enable the USB ports in the machine.I have gone through a lot of sites which says how to enable the USB ports by making changes in the registry and all,but all for vain.

Please can someone help me in this regard.Also is there some software which can enable the USB ports automatically.

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Re: enabling USB ports
by Kees Bakker / June 9, 2010 6:30 PM PDT

The difficult question is how to DISABLE USB-ports. If you know how you did that, just undo. If you don't know, do it the sure way: a clean reinstall of the OS. By default, all ports are enabled. Be sure to install the motherboard drivers also or they might not work.


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(NT) Is the USB perchance disabled in the BIOS?
by Edward ODaniel / June 12, 2010 11:09 AM PDT
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No Bios
by STEFFU / June 12, 2010 4:33 PM PDT

I have no idea whether its disabled in BIOS!If so,is there any way to find it out!I didn't find any options to go the BIOS!I am not the one who disabled the USB ports, so cant go the way back..Also the option of re-installing the OS won't work because no CD Drives and of course no USB ports..

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Re: Bios
by Kees Bakker / June 13, 2010 5:01 AM PDT
In reply to: No Bios

There surely is a BIOS (that's a necessary component) and most likely there is access to the BIOS setup. That's done by pressing the 'magic key' very early in the boot process. Usual keys are del or F2, but depending on the make of the motherboard it can be a lot of other keys (or even key combinations) also. That's why most BIOS'es (but not all) tell it on the screen (something like 'Press del to enter setup' at the bottom of the screen during that very early phase of the boot.

If not shown at all, it should be somewhere in the manual that came with the motherboard or the PC or on the support site of the maker. If you know make and model, google might find it for you. Or ask whoever provided you with the machine.


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Let's answer that question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 12, 2010 10:03 PM PDT

"is there some software which can enable the USB ports automatically."


Frankly, such disabled systems are often in need of an OS reload. You later write there is no CD. That's easy to correct by adding one. Someone had to have one to install the OS the first time. If they didn't then you ask how they did that.

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