[ubuntu] USB Drives Not Detected on IBM Thinkpad T40 2373-72U in 9.10

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I just UPGRADED from Windows 7 to the amazing Ubuntu 9.10. Everything works okay, except that while my usb mouse is detected on all ports, my two flash drives are not. one is a sandisk cruzer and the other a kingston data traveller. lsusb shows nothing when they are connected. a bios update failed to resolve the issue. I am also having a minor issue with my video, cause when I switch below 1600x1200 everything freaks out until it reverts back, like a scrambled cable channel. Please help! (Hardware)