Power Surge on Hub

I am getting a "Power Surge on Hub" error every few seconds or so on my Compaq Presario Laptop.

I did damage one of my USB ports. It fell with a Wireless Modem inserted :)

I change a setting in my taskbar properties to always "hide" this message but I am wondering if I should do something more permanent. Is it possible to permanently disable this port. I tried using the Device Manager but disabling any of the USB objects seems to simply disable all four.

Thanks for your interest,

Neil
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IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
get the port repaired by a laptop engineer as the internal pins may have become entangled so it may just need to be looked at by someone who knows what it looks like from the inside
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
the only options i see are :
-inspect the usb connectors for shorts.
-try a pcmcia to usb adaptor    http://www.nextag.com/pcmcia-usb-adapter/stores-html

-disabling usb disables all usb ports (correct as posted)
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nobusCommented:
another motherboard will cure it too..
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OzWalkerCommented:
I've seen this message when the device I plugged in (to a laptop) was drawing too much power for the USB port...

If you get the message when you don't have anything plugged into a USB port, then it seems to me that the port may be damaged. If you're lucky, it could just be a loose connector or similar.

If it happens when you plug in a certain device, it may be just related to that device (eg, said wireless modem)

If it happend with ANY device plugged in, it's probably the port again.

Good luck :)
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