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So y ou NEED all your ports  working. Here's what you can do to check out your USB port and some tips on fixing it. Physical examination The first thing that you want to do is to see if the USB port is physically damaged. A simple test is to put your USB Flash Drive into the port andsee if it wiggles up and down really easily. Be gentle doing this! Youdon't want to create a hardware problem if you don't already have one.If you're not sure how sturdy the USB port should be, do the samething in a port that you know works and compare the two. If it isdefinitely loose, you'll probably want to move right to the end of thisarticle where we talk about dealing with USB port hardware issues. If not, follow the steps we have here. Restart computer Before you get carried away with Device Manager, try the old techsupport standby - turn it off and turn it on again. Sometimes that works by forcing the operatingsystem to scan for hardware, like the USB port, and makes it work again. If that doesn't work,then it's time to get into Device Manager. Check Device Manager  You can launch the Device Manager in a few different ways, but here's the quickest one: Click onthe Start menu and type devmgmt.msc then hit Enter. Device Manager should start up rightaway. You'll see the following window: *Device Manager: Device Manager shows all the categories of devices that can be installed in your computer. At this point in time, you want to look at the Universal Serial Bus controllersentries. Click on the arrow head to expand the selection. You will see something like the window  below: *USB controllers: This might not make much sense to you, but there is some usefulinformation here. See where it says Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family USB EnhancedHost Controller? That is the specific type of USB Host Controller for my computer. The key wordsare USB Host Controller. Find those in your Device Manager. If you cannot find any, this may beour problem. Click on the Scan for hardware changes button in the toolbar. You can see it highlighted in theimage below. This will force your computer to check all of your hardware again. If you're lucky,this will pick up the USB port, and you'll see a USB Host Controller in the list. If not, then theproblem isn't fixed yet. Oct 24, 2013, 03.04 PM IST more Connect with us RR 27/2 4.0 ovSRH 134/9 20.0 ov LIVE MATCH 30 RR need 108 runs in 96 balls at 6.75 rpo FEATURED TODAY IN HOW TO How to set up a remote desktopHow to backup iTunes podcastsHow to make your passwords more secureHere's how to opt out of those annoying targetedads in your GmailHow to stop video ads on Facebook from playingautomatically Subscribe to our Newsletters Hi there, Login with your Facebook ID to seewhat your friends are reading onTimes of India. 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That will bring up a small menu like this one: *Uninstall USB host controllers: Click on Uninstall. Repeat that process for any remainingUSB Host Controller. Now restart the computer. This will force the computer to poll for thesecontrollers and, hopefully, pick up the one that isn't responding.  While you're in the Device Manager, did it seem like there were an awful lot of devices installedthat might no longer be in your computer? Sometimes the drivers stay lingering on yourcomputer, long after the device is gone. This is a good time to clean those out, and we have justthe article on easily removing old drivers from Windows. Did that work for you? No? Let's go deeper then. *Disable Selective Suspend feature: The USB Selective Suspend Feature is a power savingsetting in Windows. What it does is suspend power being sent to a USB device, in order to save battery life of the computer. This is a good feature in theory, but on rare occasions the featuredoes not wake up the USB Device. If that's the case, then it would appear that your port is dead. You can disable the USB Selective Suspend Feature through a registry key. It's a good idea to dothis on any computer that always has power to it, such as a server or desktop computer. Youmight not want to do this with your laptop, but if you do, you'll be able to turn it on again easily. To get to the Registry Editor, click on Start and then enter regedit in the Search box and hit yourEnter key. The Registry Editor window will open. It looks like this, if you haven't seen it before: *Registry Editor: Navigate to the Disable Selective Suspend key by clicking onHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then SYSTEM, then Current Control Set, then services, then USB. Where it says Disable Selective Suspend in the right-hand window, right-click and click Modify. Inthe Value Data field enter the number 1. This will disable the selective suspend feature and power will go to your USB ports constantly. If the USB key doesn't exist in your registry, it's easy to create it. Just navigate to the services key,and in the toolbar click on Edit > New > Key. Call it USB. *Edit New Key: In the USB key, right-click in the right-hand window. You'll only have the New option. Click on that and select DWORD (32-bit) Value. It may just be called DWORD Value on your system. Name the new value Disable Selective Suspend. Just like above, right-click and click Modify. In the Value Data field enter the number 1. There! You have disabled the selective suspend feature. You may need to restart your computerfor the setting to be applied. This is a good time to mention that if you ever feel the need to block your USB ports from working, there is a tool to help with that. It's called USB Manager and we have a short article onhow it works. Is your dead USB port working now? No? Then you might well consider that the USB port isphysically damaged. *Fix damaged hardware: If it's still not working, it may very well be a hardware issue. USBports are pretty fragile and USB Flash Drives can act as levers on them, wreaking havoc on theelectrical connectors inside. This is seen very often in laptops, where the user will pack up thelaptop and not disconnect the USB Flash Drive. It can usually be fixed. The takeaway  There are several ways to try to repair your USB port. Hopefully, it's just operating system ordriver related as that's the easiest and cheapest fix. Don't dismay if it is a hardware problem -those can be fixed fairly simply and inexpensively too. 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