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January 4, 2012 10:57:04 AM

Hi. Recently i changed the motherboard in my system from Pentium 4 to AMD Athlon dual core processor. But now both my internal harddisks are read as usb ports. and can easily remove the harddisks by using "Safely remove hardware" option in the right bottom corner of desktop. plus if i use any external usb or pendrive, it is not recognised.

What should i do? please help me!!
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January 7, 2012 11:25:58 PM

Did you reinstall your operating system when you switched platforms? Are you using Windows XP?

I installed Windows XP on a few machines and sometimes it did this. I never cared so I didn't fix it and I don't know if it can be fixed.
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January 8, 2012 6:15:24 AM

ya i reinstalled the os. i've XP in one hard disk and windows 7 in other
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January 12, 2012 1:57:32 PM

I don't have a solution to the problem besides ignoring the problem. It shouldn't be anything more than a nuisance anyway so just don't remove your hard drives.
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January 12, 2012 2:05:15 PM

blazorthon said:
I don't have a solution to the problem besides ignoring the problem. It shouldn't be anything more than a nuisance anyway so just don't remove your hard drives.





The problem is i can't use any other usb drives like pendrive, etc. It is not read by the computer.

When i check in manage devices there are ony two ports which are occupied by the hard disks. Before changing the motherboard i had 5 ports detectable... What to do now?? How to make the ports detectable??
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January 12, 2012 5:16:49 PM

Are these front or rear ports? If they are rear ports you might have a driver problem or they may be broken. Check drivers CD, do a Google search to see if this is a recurring problem with your motherboard model. If broken contact the vender you bought ffrom and/or the manufacturer.

If they are front ports then you need to check if you plugged the adapter cable into the motherboard. Front USB headers are usually located near the bottom of the motherboard, sometimes along the side the faces the front of the case with the optical drives.

You also need to be sure they are plugged in properly and into the correct header. Some headers look similar to USB headers, especially Firewire headers. Both have two rows of pins, one row with five pins and one row with four pins.

If they are front USB ports and plugged in properly to the motherboard but still don't work that once again means you might have a driver problem or the ports are broken.

Also, the chipset (I think the south bridge chip controls USB) might be defective.

Do you have a working USB mouse connected to your computer, or a working USB keyboard? If so then the ports they are connected to are working fine so they aren't broken and the motherboard/chipset is fine leaving it a problem with either the flash drives or their drivers.

Assuming you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, if their ports work then remove the keyboard and plug in a flash drive to the same port. If it works then the ports you already tried it with are broken. If it doesn't then there is a problem with the flash drive and/or it's driver(s) or your Windows installation, for whatever reason, doesn't like flash drives.

Problems like this can have so many possible causes... The few I mentioned are just some of them, the most easily fixed.
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February 2, 2012 2:45:57 AM

If you have anything else to ask then please do so through PMs as I'm done checking this thread every day, my web browser gets to many tabs if I leave threads from several weeks ago open with all the new ones I'm working with. I hope you have resolved your problem, so good luck.
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February 9, 2012 2:49:40 AM

blazorthon said:
If you have anything else to ask then please do so through PMs as I'm done checking this thread every day, my web browser gets to many tabs if I leave threads from several weeks ago open with all the new ones I'm working with. I hope you have resolved your problem, so good luck.




I couldn't solve the problem. My system still can't read usb's.


Anyway Thank you for the reply.
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