I'd consider adding an USB PCI card. They're cheap. For example...
I didn't need to install any drivers for it either.
I have an Insignia D400A running Windows XP Home SP2
Board: Intel Corporation D845GVSR AAC45439-302
BIOS: Intel Corp. VA84510A.86A.0056.P20.0605040337 05/04/2006
I have been having numerous problems with this thing lately...had the RAM replaced, installed a ATI Raedon 256 MB PCI video card. When the computer would go either to screen saver or if I disabled that and just had the monitor auto shut off after 5 minutes...sometimes the display wouldn't come back on. This got me thinking that my onboard video went bad.
Then the USB external WD 250GIG started giving me error messages when I would plug in my iPod. I would get these strange "Delayed Write Failed" for some file named (I think) WF$T or something like that. I checked the settings for that drive, and Delayed Write wasn't enabled. So when ever I wanted to change something on my iPod, I would click the disconnect icon in the system tray and stop the external drive, then plug in my iPod and all was ok.
Several people were suggesting that I update the BIOS for this thing. Well, I did that today and LOST my USB ports. They aren't in my hardware profile, I tried to add new hardware & it doesn't find them. I even tried installing the USB 2.0 drivers again. Nothing worked. So, I went into the BIOS setup and USB Legacy is enabled (don't know how to disable that), but when I go to the USB part of the BIOS setup, there is nothing there.
I tried an earlier version of the BIOS update and still no USB. Now for both versions of the BIOS update program, I used the windows file, and both of them worked no problems...the computer re-boots, windows comes up and the little "BIOS Update Was Successful" message came up both times.
Any ideas how to fix this? I already tried the Intel help site, and there is no email support for this particular mother board (translation, I have to call them and pay) I don't know.
So, does anyone have any ideas how to fix this?
I was thinking that my mother board is just slowly dieing out on me, and now with this problem I think that I am convinced the mother board needs to be replaced.
Everything else seems to be working ok...I can get online after the BIOS updates and my sound card still works (I have heard of problems with those things and BIOS updates)
Thanks for your replies and help.