USB message without anything in a USB

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by laurenkran, May 4, 2009.

  1. laurenkran

    laurenkran Guest

    This morning my laptop started giving me a message about faster ports
    being available for a device with USB 2, but I haven't plugged anything
    in to any of the ports. This message has been popping up all day,
    complete with the sound effect of plugging and unplugging a USB device.

    Any ideas?
    laurenkran, May 4, 2009
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  2. Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!

    Lol. I get this from my printer sometime. It's got a set
    of usb card reader slots and if I insert a card then disconnect the
    laptop before I remove the card it acts wierd...
    the wharf rat, May 4, 2009
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  3. laurenkran

    Rob Moir Guest

    Event log and device manager may show the device in question. Some internal
    component of the laptop is probably using the USB bus (do you have a built
    in camera or media card reader? Those are the best suspects) and could be

    To get to device manager & event log try this (I'm using Windows 7 but the
    steps should be similar/identical for Vista) - you may get several UAC
    prompts from this... that's fine.

    1) Open Start menu, right-click on "Computer" and select the "Manage"
    2) Computer Management should open.
    3) Event Viewer contains the logs I was talking about above, try looking
    under Windows Logs, system to see device issues.
    4) For Device Manager, select that option in the computer management list,
    and look inside the Universal Serial Bus Controllers area to see if anything
    is listed as a problem. To find devices that use USB, with device manager
    selected in computer management, Click the VIEW menu at the top of the
    computer management window, and select "Devices by Connection". Hunt around
    until you find the USB stuff again, and it should now be arranged in a
    manner that tells you what is plugged into the USB bus whether internally to
    your computer or externally.
    Rob Moir, May 4, 2009
  4. laurenkran

    Jim Guest

    Try a reboot .
    Jim, May 4, 2009
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