very strange USB issue
hi, i'm new here and i appreciate anyone who takes the time to try and help me!
i'm a rather enlightened computer user. i've been building and fixing them myself for a few years now, but this is by far the strangest problem i've had on my home machine.
i'm running an ASUS PC-4800E Deluxe w/ an Intel P4 3.2HT, socket 875.
for the first few months, the machine ran great. about a month ago, my USB devices stopped working. i would plug in and unplug them, nothing. it's as if they didn't exist. after a few minutes, i would get a USB error in the bottom right hand corner, where it usually says 'new hardware found' - and it would say something about USB error, and windows can't recognize the malfunctioned piece of hardware.
this happend to all my devices.. printer, webcam, keyboard, mouse, etc.
i formatted, and it actually started working again.
then two weeks ago, the same thing happened, only this time my machine suddenly froze, and upon a reboot, i got the same errors. i rebooted again, and as i went to plug in a usb device, the machine just froze. no indication of why, just a screen frozen, nothing even responding kinda deal.
i just formatted about 30 minutes ago, and the SAME thing is happening. upon connecting the device, the computer freezes and i'm forced to soft-restart.
it makes no sense and i can't figure out for the life of me.