I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 that is having a problem with recognising USB peripherals through either of the 2 ports.
I suspected that the there was a fault with the ports as although they would provide power to
A. an external DVD player
B. a wireless mouse
C. an external WD passport hard drive
None of these were recognised and installed.
The laptop after a format and reinstall (Win XP SP3 with all updates) is still a perfectly servicable bit of kit so I purchased a PCMCIA 4 port USB adapter.
The wireless mouse is now recognised and installed.
The external DVD is seen and windows keeps trying to load it when I look at the 'Safe to remove hardware' dialogue box.
The Western Digital Passport USB external hard drive shows that it is receiving power but the built in automatic installation programme on the disk will not start.
Nothing shows in 'My Computer' for either the DVD or external hard drive.
What can I try next?
Thanks for your time