USB front ports via cables are well known to be less steady than the rear USB ports. If the maker won't support this, and it is important, ask for a refund.
Same story about the card reader. I know to replace it with the usual 10 buck item like this -> http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=64
I fear that no driver can fix those known problem areas.
This request for some guidance contains 2 parts:
1- I am trying to troubleshooting the USB 2.0 card reader and a couple of USB ports that are "built in" to my Polywell tower (Poly 939N4-SLI Dual PCIE). The OS is Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3). I assume the USB ports are generic and am unable to identify the brand/manufacturer for the reader.
2- Assuming the card reader and/or USB ports are going "bad", how difficult is it to swap them. [N.B. Neither a rank beginner/novice nor someone who fantasizes about building his own computer, I am moderately good with my fixing things.] Lastly, do any preferred brands/manufacturers provide extra value or are generics a viable option.
Reason for the request.
Erratic performance by both the card reader, as well as and hardware attached to the USB ports via cable (e.g., Corex Business Card scanner, Logitech Bluetooth BT mini-receiver, Netgear Wireless 54 Mbps USB 2.0 Adapter, Nikon D70 DSLR) prompted this request.
Stated simply, erratic performance is sometimes it works, and other times it doesn't. And while changing the cable and/or connecting at a different port generally -- but not always -- fixes the problem.
Attempts to troubleshooting prior to this posting.
Windows Device manager and PC Wizard generated reports indicating the card reader and USB ports are fully functional.
Any suggestions are welcome.
Victor S Barocas