USB Port Stopped Working

USB Port Stopped Working - Computer Repair

A computer’s USB port is essentially the floppy or CD drive of this generation. So many of us load information (computer programs, pictures, music, documents, etc.) to a computer through a flash drive that connects to a USB port. Even more importantly, many of us use USB ports to connect our peripherals (printer, keyboard, hard drives). Needless to say, if you have noticed that your USB port stopped working, you have a significant problem on your hands.

The following are a few ways you can attempt to remedy this situation.

Restart The Computer

On occasion, your computer will simply not load the drivers correctly. If your USB port stopped working, the solution might be as simple as restarting your computer. This gives the machine the opportunity to load the drivers correctly, and if it does, your USB port would again be able to detect any hardware that is plugged in.

Try this first. If it doesn’t fix the problem, here are some other possible solutions.

Install Windows Updates

If you are using a computer with Windows as an operating system, make sure that all current updates have been installed. To do this, go to the ‘Start’ menu and take the following path:

All Programs > Windows Update

The updates could provide your machine with what it needs to allow the USB ports to function properly once again.

Check Your Device

Say you plugged in a flash drive and it appears your USB port does not work. Make sure to try the flash drive in another USB port to see if it works. It could very well be that your device is damaged instead of the port.

Check USB Ports

If you find your USB port stopped working, it might not be a problem with your drivers. It could be that the physical USB port has been damaged or broken. Inspect the port to make sure nothing has broken off. If you find that it has been damaged, consult a professional that is able to replace them. Without a firm knowledge of building computers, this is not a do-it-yourself task.

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