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Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 - 9:22 am:   

I am attempting to install USB drivers to Windows 98SE. I have a Via based motherboard running a 300mhz AMD Athlon. When I attempt to install a generic USB hub using the Add New Hardware utility, I get messages saying that all is going well, and that my drivers are correctly installed and since it's a Plug&Play device it will begin working immediately. However when I go to look in the Device Manager there are no signs of USB devices/hubs at all!
I have heard that Via based usb hubs can cause problems with Windows 98SE and found a patch on the Microsoft website. However this patch is only for when the drivers are already installed. Which they are not. I decided to run it anyway and it decided to wipe my Drivers Database. Once I had got the database restored I found that whenever I tried to add new hardware from it I would get an error from rundll and the Add New Hardware util would shut down.
I then promptly reinstalled Windows, and am finally back to square one. The drivers still won't install.
I have an Advansys Ultra Narrow SCSI Host Adapter that our Yamaha CD-RW and Pioneer DVD-ROM drive run from that requires IRQ Switching to be OFF. I have read that USB hubs require IRQ Switching to be ON. Is this true?
Thanks for any help.
Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2002 - 10:33 am:   

Ther is a USB filter driver for VIA chipsets at this may help.
Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2002 - 10:37 am:   

It would probably be a good idea to enable Assign IRQ to USB in the bios if you haven't done so already.

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