Power Surge on USB port



wenzlow9@yahoo.com
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
Thank you in advance!

Richard Urban
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
You want it to just go away? You are not concerned about the warning of
possible hardware damage? I think I would contact Acer about this if I were
in your position!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


<wenzlow9@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1116367312.534828.65220@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
> which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
> power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
> about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
> ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
> ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
> window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
> use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
> that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
> Thank you in advance!
>

Chuck
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Sounds like the Laptops internal power supply regulation leaves a bit to be
desired.
(It may be getting ready to quit.) One of my daughters had a laptop that
started acting in a similar manner, then died with a fried internal power
supply.
"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:emvbqzyWFHA.2256@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> You want it to just go away? You are not concerned about the warning of
> possible hardware damage? I think I would contact Acer about this if I
> were in your position!
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you think you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> <wenzlow9@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1116367312.534828.65220@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
>> Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
>> which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
>> power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
>> about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
>> ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
>> ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
>> window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
>> use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
>> that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
>> Thank you in advance!
>>
>
>

Steve N.
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Chuck wrote:
> Sounds like the Laptops internal power supply regulation leaves a bit to be
> desired.
> (It may be getting ready to quit.) One of my daughters had a laptop that
> started acting in a similar manner, then died with a fried internal power
> supply.

I agree with Richard and Chuck, there is a possible problem with the
power supply and/or the charging/regulator circuit on the motherboard
and/or the battery and/or the USB circuits on the motherboard. Contact
Acer for tech support. This should not be happening.

Steve

> "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:emvbqzyWFHA.2256@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>
>>You want it to just go away? You are not concerned about the warning of
>>possible hardware damage? I think I would contact Acer about this if I
>>were in your position!
>>
>>--
>>Regards,
>>
>>Richard Urban
>>
>>aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>>
>>If you knew as much as you think you know,
>>You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>>
>>
>><wenzlow9@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>news:1116367312.534828.65220@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
>>
>>>Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
>>>which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
>>>power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
>>>about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
>>>ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
>>>ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
>>>window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
>>>use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
>>>that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
>>>Thank you in advance!
>>>
>>
>>
>
>

NoNoBadDog!
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
The pop-up you are getting is a serious issue. Either the Power Supply or
the Motherboard has a bad regulator circuit, and this can destroy your
motherboard. You should bet it serviced immediately. This is *NOT*
something that can wait.

Bobby

<wenzlow9@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1116367312.534828.65220@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
> which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
> power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
> about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
> ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
> ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
> window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
> use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
> that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
> Thank you in advance!
>

Peter Foldes
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
And if he does not want more of a major damage then if I was in his shoes I
would have called Acer yesterday

--
Peter

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"Steve N." <me@here.now> wrote in message
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> Chuck wrote:
> > Sounds like the Laptops internal power supply regulation leaves a bit to
be
> > desired.
> > (It may be getting ready to quit.) One of my daughters had a laptop that
> > started acting in a similar manner, then died with a fried internal
power
> > supply.
>
> I agree with Richard and Chuck, there is a possible problem with the
> power supply and/or the charging/regulator circuit on the motherboard
> and/or the battery and/or the USB circuits on the motherboard. Contact
> Acer for tech support. This should not be happening.
>
> Steve
>
> > "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:emvbqzyWFHA.2256@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >
> >>You want it to just go away? You are not concerned about the warning of
> >>possible hardware damage? I think I would contact Acer about this if I
> >>were in your position!
> >>
> >>--
> >>Regards,
> >>
> >>Richard Urban
> >>
> >>aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
> >>
> >>If you knew as much as you think you know,
> >>You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
> >>
> >>
> >><wenzlow9@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> >>news:1116367312.534828.65220@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> >>
> >>>Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
> >>>which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
> >>>power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
> >>>about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
> >>>ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
> >>>ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
> >>>window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
> >>>use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
> >>>that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
> >>>Thank you in advance!
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>

Electric Cowboy
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
You should always turn off your laptop computer before
pluging in the external power supply, to avoid permenent
irreverseable damage to laptop, battery, and power adapter.
Also never leave your laptop on for more than 8 hours at a
time to avoid permenent irreverseable damage to your
battery and harddrive.

"wenzlow9@yahoo.com" wrote:

> Greetings. I use an Acer laptop with 3 built-in USB ports, all of
> which are USB 2.0. I will normally turn on my laptop without the AC
> power plugged into it to begin with. After the laptop has been on for
> about an hour or so, I'll plug in the AC power. At this point, I get a
> ballon telling me that there has been a power surge on one of my USB
> ports, though nothing is plugged into any of my USB ports. I open the
> window, reset the port, and all is well the rest of the time. I only
> use a USB 128mb flash-drive, nothing else, and even when I plug it in,
> that balloon has never appeared. What can I do to get this to go away?
> Thank you in advance!
>
>

wenzlow9@yahoo.com
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Wow! Thank you all for the postings. I will get this thing in Acer's
hands and get it fixed right away. Again, I appreciate the help!

Craig

wenzlow9@yahoo.com
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
Greetings. I have a follow-up from this problem. I went to Acer's
website and it explains that this error is nothing at all. In fact, it
gives instruction on how to prevent the error messages to ever appear.
Here's what it all says.

Product
TravelMate 2300
Related Products
TravelMate 4500,TravelMate 4000,Aspire 1680
Language
English

Issue
"Power Surge On Hub Port" error message in Windows XP SP2

Solution
Below are steps which are suggested by Microsoft for the Power Surge
message. Please note this is a false error and does not indicate a
hardware
problem with the USB ports.

1. For a short term solution, you can turn off the error message from
Device
Manager -> USB host controller -> Advanced tab -> check "Don't tell me
about
USB errors".

2. According to Microsoft, the error pop up does not disable its
function. It will
just turn off all error messages.

So anyway, I guess it's nothing to worry about, at least in this
instance. I think #2 on this list makes me concerned about turning off
ALL error messages, but like they say, "ignorance is bliss!" Thank you
again for your advice and suggestions.


Power Surge on USB port