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I got a partially functional usb port. Whenever I plug storage devices like flash drives or external hard disks, it doesn't read. However, I/O devices like mice or keyboards seem to work fine. I could just use this port for I/O forever, but it's in a rather convenient location for connecting storage devices. Any ideas on how to fix this? I've tried many different storage devices and they don't work.
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might have broken a solder connection, check device manager before and after plugging a flash drive into it, update chipset drivers.
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I did check device manager and nothing came up. Then it kept making the usb connect and usb disconnect sounds. Also tried updating everything in the usb controller in device manager and it says it's up to date. Guess I'll have to RMA?
Edited by strikeblue - 3/22/11 at 1:10am
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post #4 of 8
sounds like a faulty controller / or a broken solder point on one of the USB pins inside the connector... you could try to re-solder it.. that will be a PITA though, unless you have access to a really small tip solder iron and are familiar with electronics.

Or get some liquid solder open the laptop up pull mobo if you need to and add some to all the usb pins, DO NOT SHORT anything with that stuff.

Even if you do that it could be the controller/ microchip and you cant fix that just replace the mobo.
Edited by Killam0n - 3/22/11 at 1:12am
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I'm still under warranty, so I don't think I'll be trying anything like that. I've got a broken left ctrl too, so I guess I'll RMA. Thanks for your help.
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np, for sure RMA if you still can.. also laptopkeys.com is a good place for missing keys, saved my current ASUS laptop from a whole new keyboard replacement.. would have cost alot, hard to find kbd, and discontinued. OUCH.
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Oh, it's not missing.. I broke it when I tried to "fix" it because it was making annoying squeaky sounds when pressing on it xD. I dunno, I guess I'll say I spilled juice on it or something. My accidental warranty is almost up in a few weeks anyways, might as well use it now
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Originally Posted by strikeblue View Post
Oh, it's not missing.. I broke it when I tried to "fix" it because it was making annoying squeaky sounds when I pressing on it xD. I dunno, I guess I'll say I spilled juice on it or something. My accidental warranty is almost up in a few weeks anyways, might as well use it now
LOL yea.. the metal hinge can cause squeak against the plastic keys on some keyboards. WHY do they make them so easy to break.. IDK. but I think idiots design laptops, except OLPC -one laptop per child, its a modular laptop design for easy on the go fixing/ replacement parts.

well.. they also like to complicate them so people dont want to fix them and sell more garbage laptops with bad designs.... my brain hurts.
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