Have you tried other USB devices in those ports, or taken your USB stick to another computer?
Quote: Originally Posted by smugleaf
Currently, my computer is not updated, so that's one thing I won't try. I've installed windows 7 updates numerous times in the past, and every time I did, my computer would have problems starting up (i.e. my desktop would be a black screen when it starts and I can't do anything, or the place where I enter my password to log in doesn't load at all). I'm tired of doing system restores to fix this problem.
Windows Updates are extremely reliable, and should not be skipped. While not impossible, the likelihood of the updates causing issues is smaller than ever. If you have had repeated problems with them, you may have a corrupt Windows 7 install, or a hardware issue, such as a faulty motherboard or memory. You should address this issue first, because you are missing out on performance, efficiency, and security fixes.