I've ordered a decent (powered) USB 2.0 hub, hopefully that allows it to work on my server.
p0ke, did you find that some models of BS were more reliable than others? (i.e. is there one particular type that works on any of your computers without a hub?)
I'm surprised that this isn't more of a widespread problem with the BlinkStick though, I've now tried it on 6 different machines and it only works on one of them (Three Win7 Pro, one Win8.1, one Win10 and a WinServ2012) - the only one it works on is my Win10 laptop. I can't believe that I'm that unlucky, surely many people must also get this fault? Is it possible my BS is faulty? (I can't explain why it works on one machine though)
The other five machines all display the exact same error when it's plugged in (malfunctioned) - I tried the MS FiXit (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/mats/hardware_device_problems/en-us) but it didn't work either.
I'm gutted this doesn't work reliably on different machines, I was going to build an app to monitor some servers at work (write to SQL and have a local agent controlling LED) and display the status of various servers on a strip stuck to my computer, but I'm dubious that it's going to work (if I order a BlinkStick strip)