Power surge on hub port permanent. New motherboard? Other solution?
I am a total novice so hope I am asking this correctly. I was out of town and brought my laptop with me. I don’t know whether there wasn’t enough WIFI power in the hotel or what the heck happened, but I got some kind of power surge message and then my USB port no longer worked. (I have only two ports on my computer and one was previously damaged so now I have none.) I did everything recommended on Google to potentially reset it/resolve the situation, but nothing worked. It is gone for good. I’ve lived with the situation but now find that I want to be able to use the bluetooth dongle and of course cannot. (The computer did not come with bluetooth). I really don’t want to have to go out and buy a new laptop because outside of the problem with the USB ports it is working fine.
Is there some kind of fix for this problem? Should I replace the motherboard and if I do, should that solve the problem? Can I just go into any Staples (for example) and find a motherboard? Thank you for any potential responses and/or additional solutions!