The only MIDI devices connected are two keyboards, an M-Audio Oxygen 61 and a Korg microkontrol. I have had them both for a long time and Cubase wasn’t getting stuck during startup.
I don’t remember exactly when the problem began, but it was with Cubase 5; maybe it was after some Cubase 5 update, or after some hardware change in my computer although I can’t see which could have had an effect on this.
I suspect it’s not related to these two MIDI keyboards, it could be Cubase checking each USB port to see if a MIDI device is connected to it, and the checking on one of these makes Cubase stall.
Yes, maybe there is a “bad USB port” somewhere but how do I check that? The two keyboards work, so the USB ports they are connected to should be OK.
I just changed the USB ports that both keyboards are connected to, and the problem persists.