My USB port blew out - is there a way to use usb connected hardware

Hi there,

I'm not a techy so I don't know how to go into the motherboard and tweek this and that.  So do you have any advice for a non-techy how to try to either easily fix my usb problem or to work around it.

I tried for over an hour to get various hardware pieces to run off of the usb port.  i see for instance that the computer doesn't see the mouse when I plug it in.  I've shut down, removed then reinstalled the hardware items.  

I really think something blew out because I did smell something smoking a little inside the cpu.  everything else on the computer seems to work except accessing the usb port.

is there a work around.  for instance is there anything i can buy that will plug into the older ports that we used to use for keyboard and mouse (ps-2?) to convert to a usb hub?

any advice would be helpful because right not I'm SOL and can't use my computer.

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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree with getting the PCI-USB card.
I also recommend getting a PS-2 mouse and keyboard.
Despite it's popularity USB has never been all that reliable.

Note: USB ports are normally limited to 0.5 amps (500 miliamps) per port (jack).
That is the TOTAL for all devices plugged in even through a hub.
If you use many USB devices I recommend you get a USB hub that provides power to take the load off your ports.
[ If the hub doesn't have an AC adapter with it then it isn't the kind I'm talking about. ]

mdg1Author Commented:
Are these cards all internal drives - ie I need to have someone open up the cpu and install.  are there any type of cards for someone like me who just wants to plug and play?
I think you'll find that it's pretty simple to install one of these USB port cards/hubs.  Most are essentially plug-n-play -- in that Windows XP will automatically detect the device and install the necessary drivers for you.  Once that happens, you're good-t-go with brand new USB ports.  There's really no other sensible alternative.
>>   I need to have someone open up the cpu  <<  you can't open the cpu !
you have to open the case, install the PCI card in a free slot, close the case, and boot up.
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