Posted by Winston Lee at 7:11 pm
These days, the USB port has become one of the most important steps in connectivity. The iPad (as well as its sequel, iPad 2) was criticized for its lack of a USB port. Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, the USB port is undoubtedly a universal requirement.
It goes without saying that a problem connecting to your USB port can spell a disaster. After all, nearly every peripheral device these days requires a USB connection. Unless you’re in an all wireless household, your smooth workflow relies greatly on your USB port working properly.
So let’s say you plugged in your USB device, and yet it isn’t recognized by your computer. Now that’s a problem. Here are some things you can try to fix the issue:
1. Check for loose wires. It might be a loose connection so just push the cable in and make sure that it’s plugged in firmly.
2. Test with a different USB cable. Attach the unrecognized device using a different cable.
3. Test the USB port by connecting a different device. This will let you know if it’s the port that isn’t working. This works as a process of elimination, identifying which piece in the puzzle is damaged.
4. Make sure that the Device Manager is working. Click “Scan for hardware changes” and the computer will immediately sweep and look for attached peripherals.
5. Update your device driver. You can try and look for device driver updates online, or you could install a driver update software like Driver Medic that automatically searches for and updates your device drivers. This eliminates the hassle of keeping track of your device drivers and their respective updates.
If not of the steps mentioned above works, you may have to take your device to a professional. When it doubt, it’s still best to check with experts rather than attempt to fix anything on your own.