"Not Enough USB Resources" even when plugging into powered USB hub

I recently bought an HTC Vive VR Headset and the moment I plugged it in, almost all of my other USB devices failed to get enough resources, including the ones I had previously plugged into a powered USB hub. 

I do have quite a few USB devices, but I've never run into this problem before in the past so I have two questions:

1. When my windows 10 PC says "Not Enough USB Resources" what does it mean by 'resources'? it's very vague. Do I need a better power supply? Is the USB controller unable to handle the amount of devices plugged in, regardless of power availability? 

2. What are some ways I could provide more 'resources' to my USB controller? I bought a PCIe USB 3.0 card and will be installing it later today, but even my powered USB 3.0 hub is having trouble allocating resources to almost all devices I plug into it.

Thanks in advance!

NOTE: I am not at my home computer at the moment and cannot post accurate specs, but I can generalize.

CPU: i7 4770k (?)

GPU: ASUS GTX 970

PSU: 1000W

Motherboard: MSI Gaming H97 3

RAM: 32GB

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Go to device manager>show hidden>view by resource>investigate USB.

There are only a finite amount of possible combinations of ports and mapping.  Very much like adding an electrical extension cord with more outlets so you can have more connections until the fire starts.

How many USB devices including hubs do you have?

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I have 17 devices, one is a powered hub, another is an unpowered hub but the issue occurred before I had the unpowered hub.

From what I've read, USB 3.0 support 96, and when I use USBView, it shows 27 devices being enumerated.

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Far too many.  Powered or unpowered.  While USB 3 can theoretically can support 96, in reality anything that drops the USB voltage below +/- 5.0 volts will affect the bus,  I have seen as few a 5 devices kill USB.  Care to be more specific?  What devices?  which are powered, which are not, etc, etc, etc.........

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HTC Vive - Powered by its own link box

Razer Blackwidw Ultimate Keyboard

Razer Mamba Mouse

TrackIR 5 receiver - via Keyboard USB slot

TrackIR 5 Pro IR Clip - via Keyboard USB slot

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS (throttle and joystick) - powered 3.0 hub

500GB Portable HDD

Thrustmaster Cougar MFD x2 - no longer plugged in

Blue Icicle USB Mic 

Razer Nostromo

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver - no longer plugged in

EPSON C7400 Printer - no longer plugged in

Rosewill USB Camera

Tobii EyeX Steelseries -no longer plugged in

The ones noted as -no longer plugged in must remain unplugged in order to maintain functionality of the other USB devices.

I may have forgotten some. 

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This has been resolved by two things: My powered USB hub was plugged into my unpowered USB hub (mixed up which cable goes where) and I have installed a second USB3.0 controller. I can now run all my devices and have not run into the resource error since.

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