These are the main components:
ABIT AV8 Motherboard
AMD 3000+ 1.84 GHz Processor
400W Generic Power Supply
The rest shouldn't be adversely effecting my situation.
After mounting the board to my case, and installing other components, I ran the computer for a while, pleased with its functioning. I hadn't thought to test out the USB ports, mainly because I didn't know there could be an issue.
I had a version of Windows XP Pro including SP1, which I had from college, so I installed that as the OS after reformatting the hard drives.
Everything works great as far as I can see, but when I thought to connect a thumb drive to a USB port to transfer some information from my old system to the new, I found that my computer wasn't recognizing my USB ports at all.
No error messages or anything. Just... nothing happens.
So, I researched, and found that a Windows Update from January (2004?) expanded Windows' capability to recognize USB 2.0. So I thought to check the Device Manager to see if the ports were recognized, but not working, and unfortunately, they're not listed at all. I tried downloading all of the updates that the Windows Update provided me with, including SP2 at some point, but the Devide Manager continues to not recognize the ports.
I've installed all the drivers included with my motherboard as well, so at this point, I'm not sure what to do.
I located a Windows Service Pack 1a, which I don't believe I ever downloaded, but I'm working with SP2 now, so it's a little late to get 1a. The update that included USB 2.0 support supposedly was an update on SP1, so I'm worried that I'll have to uninstall SP2, download SP1a (130-odd MB), and then redownload SP2 (111 MB).
I read through a couple other USB-related issues here on the forums, but most of the advice didn't seem applicable to my situation.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm going back to school in the fall, and I use my thumb drive a lot to take my work out of my room, so the capability borders on a necessity.