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One of my ports isn't working!

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Anne58 Mon 05-Jan-15 16:34:46

Afternoon all.

There are 2 USB ports on my PC, and one isn't working.

This means that I can either use the keyboard, or the mouse, but not both together.

I have to keep unplugging one, eg. when typing like this, obviously I have the keyboard plugged in, but when I want to submit the post, I will have to unplug the keyboard, then plug in the mouse to that I have a cursor to click with!

It is very frustrating angry ! I have tried sort of wiggling it a bit, but no luck. I'm hoping it will not be an expensive job!

tanith Mon 05-Jan-15 16:44:07

How about buying a cheap wireless mouse Phoenix I use wireless everything.. it works fine.

Ana Mon 05-Jan-15 16:53:42

Don't you need a USB port even for that, though? I use a wireless mouse but had to programme the little thing that came with it that you stick in the port.

pompa Mon 05-Jan-15 16:59:22

You can get a 4 port usb hub for about £10. Plug it into your working usb port and you will then have 4 ports

Anne58 Mon 05-Jan-15 17:19:01

I've got a wireless mouse and as Ana said, it still needs to plug the doo dah into the port.

pompa that sounds like a good solution, thank you!

Any suggestions where might be best to order one from?

tanith Mon 05-Jan-15 17:40:08

I have to go check but I'm 90% sure that my wireless mouse and keyboard don't have anything plugged into my PC ... I may be proved wrong though grin its been ages since I've been able to use it due to a certain someone inhabiting my computer/spare room grin

Anne58 Mon 05-Jan-15 17:48:59

Just had a quick look on Ebuyer, there are some hubs that look pretty good for around £5!

Have also contacted the local independent computer shop to see if they have any in stock and see what sort of price they are (like to shop locally if poss.)

vegasmags Mon 05-Jan-15 17:58:20

I find Maplins very good for this sort of thing.

Nelliemoser Mon 05-Jan-15 18:03:20

If it is just a new USB socket needed I doubt if it will be too expensive you can buy new ports for about £12 (I have just looked.)

If it is just about unplugging or unscrewing the failed one and replacing it its largely just wires on the end of a socket.

The tricky bit is knowing exactly which of the screws to move.

Nelliemoser Mon 05-Jan-15 18:06:48

My wireless mouse has a very tiny little widget plugged into one of the lap tops USB sockets.

Rider Mon 05-Jan-15 20:21:17

If you decide to overcome the problem using a USB hub, I think powered hubs are reckoned to be better than non-powered ones.

Type 'powered vs non-powered usb hubs' into a search engine for more information.