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USB ports recognition

I have just replaced the motherbord and processor of my computer. It's now a PIII 550.
I am working on this system with defferent harddisks.  Al of them are removable so that there is always only one disk in the system.
Since I have the new motherbord a have a few problems.
On one of my HD (Quantum 20,4MB) the system does not know my 2 USB ports, so the hardware connected is also not seen.  When I take a look at the hardware profiles in the System (Configuration) screen I even see no entry for the USB ports.
On all my others HD's the USB ports are recognized and working well.
Does anyone know how I can install the USB ports in my Windows (Windows 98SE on all disks).
Find hardware does not find anything.
The second problem is not so hard but very strange.  Booting from some disk, the system has a delay of about 5 minutes during the boot sequence after the execution of the autoexec.bat.  The screen stays in dos mode on the C: prompt for about 5 minutes before the Windows Logo screen appears for the last time.
Can you tell me wat is happening at that moment.  I see and hear no disk access during this delay.
1 Solution
Make sure the USB ports are enabled in the bios.
Are the hard disks running fresh installs of you O/S after the new m/b was installed?
1 AS above first check that your USB ports are configured in your bios.

then go to the control panel and install the USB port again.

2. first check that your cables are connected properly on both your hardrive and from your hardrive to your mother board.

you may need to reinstall your operating system.

look in the registries of both HD's. the key your looking for is HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG
compair the hardware profiles in the two. the key for your USB prots might be missing from there.

Can't help you with the second part of your question.
The easiest way to solve your problem in my opinion is to take the one hard disk that is working good in your opinion and have it "Ghosted" to your other 2 hard disks. All 3 drives will be identical therefore acting the same.
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