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[ubuntu] USB 1.1 not working on Dell C400 Laptop

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my C400. I swapped the hard drive onto my Dell B130 laptop to do the install since I have no CD player and USB is not bootable on the C400. Most of the C400 hardware auto installed and work great. However, the OS does not seem to recognize the USB 1.1 port. It does not auto mount USB mouse or USB Flash sticks. I am new to Linux so any ideas on diagnosing and fixing this problem would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to be forced back to windows requiring me to purchase Dell's proprietary CD /cable and restore/driver disk. (Hardware)