This rig has quite a few USB ports, eight I think — 2 in the front (up top), and 6 at the back. My keyboard and mouse are USB connected to two of the back ports.
Both front ports work since we (Mike & I) have used USB keys on this from day one.
So in away, I don’t need a hub. But, I had a spare hub. I got one, a Saitek, with color-changing LED, for free, from newegg.com with something that I bought. Maybe it was the power supply.
I had plugged it in a few days ago. Got a message to say that a ‘Generic Hub’ was recognized and successfully installed. I didn’t bother to plug anything in.
I plugged my USB key into the hub for the first time today. NOTHING.
Messed around. Tried all the ports. Tried my new Sony Walkman MP3 player. Nothing.
Being the consummate professional, I then tried the USB key on all the ports without the hub. Worked fine, each time.
Through Device Manager got Windows 7 to check for driver updates. Said I had the latest … but it was from 2006! Hhhmmm.
I then tried a Belkin F5U407 (which I ‘borrowed’ from my wife’s PC).
Nothing. Windows 7 won’t even recognize it as a HUB!
Yes, I visited Belkin. No drivers.
Yes, I Googled. It appears that others have had Windows 7 driver problems with USB devices. In a way I am lucky. All the USB ports seem to work.
Well, I am hoping Mike can solve this mystery. It looks like a driver issue.
I will keep YOU posted. Cheers.