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I have a Dell dimension computer dual booting Mandrake Linux and Windows 2000.  There are 2 usb ports on the back of the box and 2 in front.  When in Linux, devices plugged in the back ports are recognized, but not the front ports.  All four port work in Windows.

Is there a setting in Linux to recognize the front two?

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by:victorbx
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Try to power off your computer between the boot procceses
( even remove the power cable from the wall )

it may work


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by:jlevie
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I wonder if the front and back USB ports might be on two separate USB controllers? If that were to be the case Linux might not be recognizing that there are two different controllers. If your Dell BIOS allows disabling on PnP mode that might allow Linux to find the second controller.
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by:wilch101
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Unfortunatly the BIOS does not have a disable PnP option.  I also tried unplugging the computer.

Still does no recognize the front USB ports.

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If you boot into windows does the system show that there are one or two USB controllers. And if two are both the same hardware device?
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There are two controllers.  I booted back into linux and looked at HardDrake to see what it said.  It reconized that the front usb ports were there, but did not recognize the vendor so could not load a module.  

Easiest thing to do is buy a usb hub and plug it in the back.


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That's sorta what I thought might be the case.
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