Many laptop computers and some of the older desktop systems shipped with the USB setting in the BIOS disabled. This will cause the USB port not to be recognized within Windows. So here’s how you can access the computer setup (BIOS) on many brand name computers:
To access the Dell Setup (BIOS) utility:
- Press the DEL key when rebooting. If the computer is a 486, the F2 key may be used instead.
To access the Dell Latitude Setup (BIOS) utility:
- Press and hold the F2 key before starting the computer.
To access the Compaq or HP Setup (BIOS) utility
- Press the F10 key on boot during the memory count to access the setup or BIOS.
If your computer brand is not listed above, there are some other common key functions that can be used to access most brand name computers Setup (BIOS). Many PCs will display instructions on how to access the system Setup (BIOS) while the system is booting. To access the computer’s Setup (BIOS), you will need to press a key or a combination of keys before the operating system begins to load. Some common keys are ESC, F1, F2, F10, Ctrl-Del or Del. For more information, check the manufacturer’s documentation that came with your computer to find out how to gain access to the computer Setup (BIOS).
So how do I enable the USB port once I access the Setup (BIOS)?
Because computer manufacturers have individualized and varying configurations within their systems, the best source for information regarding your USB controllers setting is the computer owner’s manual. The USB port setting can be located in either the Advanced Settings section, Peripherals, Communication, or Input/Output sections. Locate the USB controllers setting in your computer Setup (BIOS) and change the status to Enabled. Save the changes and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.