Thanks for the offer but, with great foresight, or supreme pessimism, I bought a spare powered 4 port USB2 hub, from PC Solutions in Douglas, the day after I replaced the last one. However, since I don't like throwing good money after bad, I'll try the PCI card route. The odd thing is that the two that have failed have been quite recent powered USB2. Unfortunately each was the link into which two ancient powered Belkin 7 port USB1.1 hubs fed. Perhaps these weren't of Chinese origin. The oriental versions don't seem to be fit for the claimed daisy chaining.
Speaking of good money after bad; it looks as though the money spent on the PCI Expres x 1 slot Matrox G555 Dual Head was wasted. Matrox, by far the best support group I've come across, have reproduced my problem in the office. They even dound it applied to an ATI card they tried. They think there's a conflict between their drivers and the Nvidia drivers for the main graphics card, also that it's insoluble. They reckon that with PCI Express it's looking as though only second cards from the same manufacturer will be compatible. One forum member has managed two from different makers but only by going back to quite old drivers. Whenever I start my machine, with no second card, it tells me that since it can't find a second card it has disabled SLI. Since I only have one PCI Express x 16 slot I thought the warning looked daft. Perhaps its the case that the mobos now expect us all to be going for SLI and are set up with that in mind.
Gerry Winskill Bones wrote:
I may still have a spare powered 4 port USB hub (Belkin) if you need one. bones -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill Sent: 15 December 2006 21:37 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: AAAAAAARG!!!!!!!!!! Yet Again Blasted Chinese! The replacement powered hub seems to have bitten the dust. Would I be better installing extra USB sockets, via my PCI slots? Gerry Winskill Gerry Winskill wrote:Alex, Thanks for the info. In a way I'd hoped that a solution on the Pete Doson forum might be the answer. Ap[parently corruption of Simconnect is a known FSX issue. I followed the steps to repair it but no help. I'd suspected it wouldn't be because FS9 is also affected and doesn't, as far as I know, use Simconnect. It's also the case that, since trying to run the so far unregistered WideFS, the usb socket lights are unlit, on a couple of power hubs, though the power light is on. The GF Autopilot works but that doesn't route via a hub. I've also just moved the Pedal connector from a hub to a front USB2 port and that's now active. All of which suggests yours is the correct solution. Could it have been caused by attempting to run the WideFS, from the networked machine? Turning to your server solution, is it possible to avoid the effects of finger trouble by using the XP disk to do a repair? Gerry Winskill Alex - Reheat.org wrote:Hi Gerry, It is quite common for the USB controller to become corrupted in XP, however most users dont normally notice it as they just unplug, put it back in and it works again. However with multiple input interfaces this doesnt always work. I would recommend re-installing the USB drivers, these are stored in your i386 folder in XP (or on the disk depending on your install options) To uninstall first you'd need to go into the device manager and find your USB controller(s) and uninstall from there (preferable in safe mode) Worth trying, I normally end up doing it several times a year as I often put any combination of devices in different ports whenever I plug them in (a big no no in XP as it assigns a driver to a specific port for a specified device) All the best, Alex Gerry Winskill wrote:Suddenly, in either FS9 or FSX, my GF yoke, pedals and some of the other switches don't seem to be working. I've tried a Restore, to a couple of days ago. Fearing the installation, but not registration, of FSUIPC 4 and WideFS, I've uninstalled them. The only other thing that I can think of is that the USB connection route is corrupted. Is this possible? Gerry Winskill