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USB problems caused by external hardware

Hello, I have been having trouble with USB ports not functioning (wireless dongle not configuring or dropping out, scanner not working etc). I have finally traced this to my Canon iP4600 printer having power on (including auto switch off). To avoid a reboot after using the printer I have to disable my wireless connection before turning on the printer (scanner is normally off).
Is there a better solution?
System is a Dell Dimension 2400 running Windows XP sp3.
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  1. Best answer
    Hello,

    Have you tried using a different USB cable for your printer? I've seen bad USB cables locking up computers, and a simple swap out with a new cable fixed everything.
  2. Best answer selected by stephenpike.
  3. Chainzsaw said:
    Hello,

    Have you tried using a different USB cable for your printer? I've seen bad USB cables locking up computers, and a simple swap out with a new cable fixed everything.


    Thanks Chainzsaw. Should have thought of that. Problems seem to have disappeared and all is now working correctly.
  4. Sweet dude. No problem. Thank you for the best answer!
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