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Moving device to different USB port = NIGHTMARE!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Pinksteady, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Pinksteady New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
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    Hi all,

    Is anyone else having this problem? I have 6 USB 2.0 ports and a 4x Hub plugged into one of them, and if more any device from one USB port to another, Windows thinks I'm plugging in a new device, and needs to go through the whole process of installing both the drivers and the software (in correct order yada yada) EACH time this is done.

    I have 4 cables plugged into the 4 main USB ports, and everytime I unplug them all to open the case, I never know which ones went in which one so I whack them all back in, boot up, and have to go through settings them all up again! Its a NIGHTMARE! :mad:

    Examples so far that needed reinstalling when switched USB ports:
    Vimicro Webcam - cannot just choose drivers again, need to reinstall off cd (even though cd recognises drivers are already installed - windows doesn't!!)
    Logitech MX700 mouse - movement of mouse is automatically enabled, but MouseWare software needs to be reinstalled
    Belkin USB 802.11g adapter - Complete and total nightmare, needs fully uninstalling and manually uninstall service before reinstall

    The list goes on... I thought USB was plug and play!! Not only is it not plug and play (you need to install drivers/software, then plug in, then install drivers again!), but you can't even swap ports, they are considered by windows to be totally seperate and unconnected devices.

    Any opinions/workarounds/advice/flame?
  2. werty316 New Member

    Sep 14, 2005
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    How many USB ports can you motherboad support. My Neo2 has 4 on-board and 2 external. Most newer motherboards come with a PCI USB bracket for extra USB ports. Why don't you just use the 6 USB ports instead of a USB hub unless you need more than 6 USB connections? I am not sure how USB hubs work but you are saying yours is plugged in a USB port on the IO of the motherboard right? It should just work like a daisy chain I think.
  3. bobyjo New Member

    Aug 20, 2005
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    NC Texas
    Please make a "sig" so we can see what brands and models of hardware you have.
    This way we may have a better idea of how to help you.

    Everything we use are USB appliances.
    We even disable all the serial and parallel ports in our systems because they are not being used.
    I have had this problem upon a time, normally I just plug in the USB cables and everything works like they should.
    We have used a HUB before, we found that HUB's work much better if they are powered HUB's.
    The ones that use the power from the board do not work as well as you need.
  4. zAAm


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    I've found the same thing. But only with my mouse. So I just remember the port it's usually plugged in and that saves alot of time and trouble! You could just label the cables? Just a thought... ;)

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