There are many PC users who are wondering and are asking the question “why my USB ports are not working on my laptop?” We will consider several of the most common reasons together with some options tried by PC users to fix “USB Ports Not Working” problem.
There are two common reasons that PC users find outs when it comes to the question “why my USB Ports are not working on my laptop?” If you are now being troubled by problematic USB ports, you can try to consider the first reason which is incomplete interaction of a USB device to the laptop. This is the case when you are already tried attaching the USB device to your laptop and it works fine by then, but you are now suddenly troubled by problematic USB ports or your laptop is fails to recognize your USB device whenever you tried connecting it to your laptop.
The second reason is device driver related, where the device drivers in question might be missing/uninstalled, corrupted/deleted, and outdated. The culprit is either the specific USB device drivers or the USB Host Controller drivers of your laptop.
Manual Options to Fix USB Ports Trouble
If you’re wondering if it is an incomplete interaction between your USB device and of your laptop, then you can try several of the options below.
- Reattach your USB Device to your Laptop. Make sure that this time, the USB device is properly connected to your PC.
- Reboot your Laptop before reattaching the USB Device. This time, you need to let your laptop restart all the installed device drivers including the required USB device drivers/USB Host Controller drivers.
- Remove the Battery/Unplug your Laptop before reattaching the USB Device. Sometimes, rebooting your laptop is not enough to restart the required device drivers and reset your USB hub or your motherboard. First, turn-off your laptop, unplug the cable from the power supply, remove your battery, wait for 2-3 or even 5 minutes before returning your battery and turning on the power of your laptop, and then attach your USB device again.
If the above options failed to fix your problem, then the reason for your USB Ports trouble is most probably device driver related (specifically: missing, deleted/corrupted, and outdated device drivers.) Whichever device is at fault, you can fix your USB port troubles by installing the correct device drivers on your PC. For example, if the USB device that you’re trying to connect to your PC is a printer, then you can try to reinstall the set of drivers using the installation CD of your printer. But if you find out that there are multiple problematic devices listed under the category of “USB Host Controllers” in the Device Manager, it only shows that the fault lies with your USB Host Controllers. You can fix this by reinstalling the USB Host Controller drivers on your PC.
The installation CD of your USB device or of your motherboard is a great aid for you in case of device driver related issues. If you don’t have the installation CD, you can try to search online and find the device drivers that you need, but you must be aware that you might end up installing wrong/incompatible drivers to your PC. You must also remember that just searching and downloading online from not trusted websites might lead your laptop to be infected by malware and computer viruses.
Automatic Option to Fix Device Driver Related USB Ports Trouble
Well, you can always use the aid of Driver Detective, a reliable and trusted Automatic Driver Update Software available online. To know more about the benefits of using Driver Detective, you can read about “Fix Unknown Device Driver Problems with Ease.” Using Driver Detective software will save your time and energy from searching for the correct USB device/USB Host Controller drivers online.
So, as discussed, you can try the manual options to fix your USB ports trouble if you’re thinking that the answer to your question “why my USB ports are not working on my Laptop?” is the incomplete interaction between your laptop and your USB device. You can also try to reinstall the required device drivers if it turns out that the problem is device driver related, and you can do this by using your installation CD, searching manually online, or through the aid of Driver Detective software.