My dell inspiron laptop wont pick up anything from the usb ports

I have a dell inspiron laptop 1150,got it used ,everything seems to be fine except if i plug anything into the usb ports it does'nt pick it up or anything. Its probly something simple but i dont know that much about them so anybody have some idea's what to do ? plugged a wireless modem in and it gets power cause the lights come on but the computer does'nt pick it up ,its like i never plugged anything in.THANKS ALOT FOR ANY HELP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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  1. Some things need drivers installed, like the modem. Try something simple like a usb mouse it should install that without issues, if the usb mouse works then you know the ports are ok.
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