USB ports no longer show in XP

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I have an Acer notebook PC with several USB ports. I've used them to
access a scanner, and my mouse is attached to one of them.

The other day I tried to attach a new printer via a USB port. XP
indicated that it recognized the device, and I used the installation CD
that came with the printer to install the driver, etc..

When I tried to print, I got an error message that the printer was not
ready. After a little digging, I discovered that somehow the printer
had been assigned to LPT1! In scolling down through the list of ports I
found that there were no USB ports listed.

I attached the printer to my desktop PC and it worked fine.

Should I re-install Windows, call Acer, or...?

John in Oakland

Re: USB ports no longer show in XP wrote:
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If I read this correctly, you attached the printer, then installed the
driver?  Normally, that is if the printer vendor did not explicitly
require attaching the printer then installing the driver, the process
required by Windows Plug and Play is to install the driver/software,
then connect the printer the first time.  You'll need to review the
instructions on this site to correct the botched installation: /


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