mysterious disappearance of usb
Posted on 2002-04-29
I have a WinME/Linux Toshiba laptop with built in USB support and 2 usb ports. The other night I was playing around with the following pocketpc, a printer, a usb mass storage device and an non-powered 1->2 hub. At some stage, I`m not aware what the circumstances were exactly, USB just stopped working. I didn`t do anything physically violent with the cables. It wouldnt detect any plugged in devices under linux, and under windows, the USB controller appeared as disabled in the devices menu. When I tried to reenable it, it said device is not working or disconnected.
I have never had any trouble with USB on this machine in the past, either on linux or windows.
I guess this is a hardware failure, but I very much hope that it isn`t. Please tell me if there`s anything I can do short of sending the computer in for repairs.
Also, if it sounds like I did something unsafe with
the combination of devices/hubs I was using, please tell me so that I know not to repeat it. I had been under the impression that USB was pretty foolproof but hey, I`m probably more of a fool than most..