Usb Ports Not Recognised


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HP Envy 17-n065na laptop.

I removed the hard drive to copy a load of photos from this laptop that wouldn't boot. However, putting the drive back and attempting to boot with a usb stick to reload Windows 10 is proving impossible as no USB port is working. There are 2 on each side, connected to the motherboard so it's not a loose cable. I have checked the usb stick and it's fine but there is no light from it when I plug it in.

Any ideas?
 
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One thing to be aware of is that many Notebooks have a BIOS that only supports USB 2. Also important is the BIOS entry for USB is set for Legacy and USB is included in the Boot list, I usually set USB as the first boot device and no problem unless a USB drive is plugged in, takes a bit longer for the BIOS to locate boot files. I have an Envy 17 TouchSmart running now in the other room, it's a rehabbed machine that works quite nicely.

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I didn't respond to the "wouldn't boot" part. There could be problems with the motherboard that prevented booting and may still be a problem or have caused the problem with the hard drive.
 
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The USB ports are not recognised at all by a Windows or Linux installation USB stick. It's got to be a board problem
 
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