My USB ports are not working either.
I am running WIndows 98SE and my ports don't work. I plugged in a MadCatz Game Controller and it doesn't recognize it. It used to work, now it doesn't. My USB ports are on the motherboard, and there isn't any USB options in my BIOS.
I've tried both of my available ports...didn't work.
I've tried removing the USB devices in Device Manager...didn't work.
I've tried adding/renaming a custom controller under Control Panel\Gaming Options.
I've even tried removing all USB devices in SAFE mode and removing it from registry as shown in 25-steps at the following link to microsoft. It I ignored the Sidewinder parts(cause I don't have one) and focued on the USB parts...didn't work. http://support.micro...kb;en-us;216096
I'm trying to play a game that requires a gamepad...not workin' for me.
I also made sure the controller works on another system (XP), and it does work.
I don't know what else I could try other than a good ole fashion formatting.