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    IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    While printing to a new HP Laserjet 2015, my computer suddenly rebooted. The printer needed a new toner cartridge. However, since then, neither of my USB ports function. They both power a device but don't detect any device I try. Not any of my other printers- Canon, nor USB storage stick, nor our Logitech Quick Cam. I did a system restore to before the HP printer was installed, but that still didn't fix it. Any suggestions? I have a Thinkpad X40 and without my USBs it's value is extremely limited as there are no built in CD, DVD not to mention the inability to print.

    Thank you in advance for helping if you can.

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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    I don't want to be the bearer of bad tidings, but from what I read in this thread on another forum, it is a known problem and may require a replacement of the motherboard. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    Thank you for your guidance. Very sad to have to give up my friend my computer. Since i now need to buy a new one, what's the feeling on staying with XP vs moving to Vista?

    Thanks.

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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    I'm sorry you've had this significant problem. Over in the Vista Forum ( <post:=726,393>post 726,393</post:> ) which I closed, you said you have your eye on a machine that comes with XP. Windows XP has proven itself to be a very good OS and if Win98 with all its "warts" is any indication, XP will still be around and ticking for a long, long time.

    However, I'd think long and hard before buying a NEW machine that doesn't come loaded with VISTA! I think that most or all OEMs have Vista at their disposal, so the fact that the machine would sell with XP "might" be an indication that the hardware is pretty outdated or incapable of handling Vista. That doesn't mean it's not a good machine, or a capable machine, just that it might be on the older end of the hardware spectrum. If it doesn't come down to a matter of <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> I would look for a machine equipped with Vista, if it were my choice.

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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    Thank you for your advice and help.

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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    While I have not move over to Vista (I'm reluctant to say up to Vista) my feeling is much the same as Al's.

    The hardware advancements since XP came out are significant and Vista requires a much more robust PC to "show it's stuff" so to speak. A system set up to run Vista at it's optimum performance level will run XP like a rocket. The only issue might be finding drivers to make the new hardware work with XP. As the OS gets a little long in the tooth, hardware vendors find it less and less cost effective to write drivers for their new equipment to work with an older OS. If you are attached to XP you might look into getting a system that is loaded with both operating systems from the factory or at the very least equipped with hardware that will work with both. But, moving forward, Vista is probably the better choice.

    Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> and opinions vary.
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    Re: IBM Thinkpad USB stopped working

    Another thing to think about is that Vista is much more stable and secure than XP. It has had fewer security patches than XP at a similar point in its life. I'm pretty sure that even now Vista has fewer security patches than XP when measured over a quarter.

    My own experience in running Vista at home for over 18 months is that I've never had even one system crash. Sure some applications have crashed but never the system.

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