you might try using Device Manager and REMOVE the USB ports.
power down the computer, wait 3-5 minutes.
power it back up and allow vista to find and install the usb ports, then give the drive a try again.
"tina" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:2F53DF59-2CE2-42C3-B31B-5B563D3AEAE2@microsoft.com...
i have Vista home premium and its been running fine until i try to use USB
devices..it chooses when to recognise them.. i have a 250gb external hard
drive that when i plug it into any of the 3 USB ports on my computer nothing
happens (no noise to say its connected , no autoplay or the drive name doesnt
appear in the computer section) there have been occasions where the device
connects as i hear the little sound that is heard when you connect a device
but nothing appears so i cant physically access the device. this also happens
when i plug in my internet..i plug the ethernet cable and the USB cable from
the modem to the laptop (which i have done many times before and have had no
problems) and nothing happens i cant get ointo the internet. the only way
that i can sometimes connect (incuding this time!) is if i restart the
computer. i have done this when trying to connect any of my devices and there
is about 1 in 3 chance it connects.
ive gone into the device manager in window and clicked on all of the ports
which say they are working fine. but have also plugged the devices into other
computers and have no problems.
is there any way of scanning the USBports or does anyone know how i can fix
this and connect my devices without having to restart time and time again???
thank you very much!!!!!