Hi. I have recently been fixing an HP Compaq v3000 laptop. It was dropped about a year ago and it was thought that the hard drive was bad. Turns out the hard drive is fine and all I had to do was reinstall Windows XP. Everything on it is working properly except the USB ports. I have all the drivers straight from HP's website even the chipset drivers but to no avail.
The mouses and external hard drives I have tried are reviving power from the ports but are not being registered by windows at all. I have heard that this is a problem sometimes when doing a fresh install of XP and have even tried to find drivers for the mother board itself (30B5) but could not. I have even tried Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows 7 on this laptop and was still never able to get the usb ports to work. The only thing I can think of is to do another install of XP and then install the chipset drivers right away bc last time I did not do it right away and I was told that it's the first you're suppose to do. That or the Mobo is dying. Any help would be greatly appreciated.