Tuesday, June 15, 2004

USB Device Stops Working or Won't Resume

WinXP by Default turns off USB Root Hubs to Conserve Power causing some devices not to resume correctly after Windows resumes from sleep, hibernation or computer inactivity

In the Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus Controllers > USB Root Hub > Power Management, Uncheck the box per the illustration below. Uncheck all boxes on all root hubs.

What hardware is on your machine?

One solution for Windows XP, from Bryan Powell:

1. Right click on my computer and select "properties"
2. Click on the hardware tab
3. Click on the button that says device manager

A caller suggested the program Advisor, available from Belarc.com.

Disabling ports in Windows XP

A caller wanted to disable port 25, used for email purposes but subject to malicious attacks. Try working with the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) as described here.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Stinger virus protection

Stinger is an alternate virus scanner/checker. Find it here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Swap files on an external drive

A caller asked about using an external hard drive to store swap files (temporary files used by browsers and others). This can in theory increase speed and efficiency by slowing fragmentation of the main hard drive. Here are Guy Moore's references for swap files for Windows Swap files and Mac OS X Swap files, version 1 and version 2.