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HP Notebook PCs - Notebook May Not Recognize USB 3.0 Device if Connected to Docking Station

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Release date : 07-Dec-2012

Last updated : 07-Dec-2012

The notebook may not recognize some USB 3.0 devices if they are connected to a docking station. If the boot order in BIOS specifies booting first from a connected USB 3.0 device, that device is skipped in the event that it cannot be recognized. Additionally, the USB 3.0 device does not appear in the F9 menu.
The USB 3.0 devices function as expected in Microsoft Windows once the operating system loads.

HP EliteBook 2560p Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 2760p Tablet PC
HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 8460w Mobile Workstation
HP EliteBook 8560p Notebook PC
HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation
HP EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstation
HP ProBook 4330s Notebook PC
HP ProBook 4331s Notebook PC
HP ProBook 4430s Notebook PC
HP ProBook 4435s Notebook PC
HP ProBook 4436s Notebook PC
HP ProBook 6360b Notebook PC
HP ProBook 6460b Notebook PC
HP ProBook 6465b Notebook PC
HP ProBook 6560b Notebook PC
HP ProBook 6565b Notebook PC
This is a known issue with USB 3.0 technology. Some USB 3.0 devices take a longer time than others to be recognized by the notebook BIOS. Because the docking station is a USB hub, it, too, can add to this delay. As a result, if the delay becomes too large, then the notebook BIOS skips the USB 3.0 device in order to proceed with boot up.
To resolve this issue, connect the USB 3.0 device directly to the notebook USB port instead of the docking station.
Alternatively, do the following:
  1. Restart the notebook and press F10 to enter the BIOS setup screens.
  2. Go to System Configuration > Boot Options and change the Startup Menu Delay to 5 seconds.
  3. Under Boot Options > Legacy Mode, move USB Harddrive to the first position in the list.
  4. Save and exit.
The 5-second delay allows the BIOS enough time to recognize the USB 3.0 device. If the device is bootable, then the notebook can also boot from it once it is recognized.
Note: No BIOS solution for this issue is pending.

Hardware platforms affected : HP EliteBook 2560p Notebook PC, HP EliteBook 2760p Tablet PC, HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook PC, HP EliteBook 8460w Mobile Workstation, HP EliteBook 8560p Notebook PC, HP EliteBook 8560w Mobile Workstation, HP EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstation, HP ProBook 4330s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4331s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4430s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4431s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4435s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4436s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 4535s Notebook PC, HP ProBook 6360b Notebook PC, HP ProBook 6460b Notebook PC, HP ProBook 6465b Notebook PC, HP ProBook 6560b Notebook PC, HP ProBook 6565b Notebook PC

Operating systems affected : Not applicable

Software affected : Not applicable

Support Communication Cross Reference ID : IA03600502

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