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Galaxy S4 Mini cannot connect to PC over USB after firmware update

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-19195/ Android 4.2.2.) with a Samsung USB/power cable that until two days ago was able to connect with my laptop (Windows 7) over USB. Now however, after a firmware update, the computer no longer sees my phone nor does the phone see the computer. What's going on and how can I resolve it? [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

External DVD drive/player that works with both laptop and TV?

I am looking for an external, portable DVD drive that plugs into a TV (via USB would be most convenient) and functions like a standard DVD player, while also connecting to a laptop to play CDs/install software. I can only envisage using the drive to watch DVDs on my TV, rip CDs and install software, so the ability to write to disk is not important. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on May 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Old Toshiba laptop won't boot to USB with HD installed

I have a laptop (Toshiba A105 S4344) with a windows xp install and a bootable USB clip with Win7 on it. I want to put Windows 7 on the laptop. If I take the hard drive out then the USB clip boots fine (but has no hard drive to install windows on). If I put the hard drive in then it runs windows off the HD even though USB boot is ahead of it in the BIOS startup order (and when I put a blank hard drive in then it complained it couldn't find the windows startup files). And when I try and insert the HD after loading Win7 off the USB, the installer can't see the hard drive. I've checked the BIOS and there aren't any secure boot/UEFI shenanigans going on. I will probably end up burning the win7 install onto a dvd, but does anyone know why the Toshiba would be overriding the boot order?
posted by Sebmojo on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

I got a plasticised-wire thing came with my USB Mouse. What is it?

OK, this is odd: I recently bought (online) a little (portable/spare) USB Mouse (fitted with a spring-loaded, self-retracting cable-tidier). Fine. The mouse arrived today, along with a Yellow, Plasticised-wire (pipe-cleaner type thing), which has a cute duck face at the end of it, and a strange forked-tail. No other explanation. (Easter, perhaps?!), but I suspect it's some kind of mouse cradle to hang off a laptop... I don't get how this might be used, but wondered if anyone here could explain what it was / it's proper usage to me. Ta
posted by Dub on Apr 10, 2014 - 11 answers

USB stopped working on asus laptop

The usb just stopped working on my Asus zenbook UX32VD laptop, running windows 8.1. Device manager shows no problems with usb (or any devices), and I have tried plugging in several different usb devices (my mouse, flash drives) to check. The built-in touchpad still works. Can anyone suggest how I might fix it, or what has happened? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Mar 28, 2014 - 4 answers

USB tentacle dismay

I have a lot of USB-connecting equipment to sync and charge. Not everything uses the same USB interface, and all the cables are the opposite of tidy. How can I make this work? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

What are these odd kinda-USB ports on my HP laptop?

I have an old HP Pavillion (I think) laptop. It has two standard USB ports, and then two others that are almost the same size as USB ports, but not quite, and any USB items I plug in do not get recognized by the computer. Anyone have any clue what they might be?
posted by canine epigram on Dec 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Finding the fastest wall charger for my cell phone

What specs do I need to look at to find the fastest cell phone charger? [more inside]
posted by n81acc on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Retro USB Controllers for NES/SNES/Saturn

Looking for a quality build of classic console controllers with USB. [more inside]
posted by lkc on Nov 26, 2013 - 10 answers

What's happening to my USB ports and how do I make it stop?

My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
posted by teraflop on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Pros and Cons of leaving a multi-port USB wall charger plugged in?

We use a multi-port USB wall charger to charge our various devices. I'm looking for information evaluating the pros and cons of leaving said charger plugged in with associated USB cables, versus unplugging the unit from the wall when not in use. Specifically I'm looking for info on the following:
  • any known power drain of leaving it plugged in but not charging any devices (significant? insignificant?)
  • risks (or conversely no risk) of fire from leaving them plugged in when not charging devices
We're trying to find the safest and most convenient configuration, and we're looking for some objective knowledge - please, no unsupported opinions "well, it should be fine" or "I wouldn't do it." We're really looking for known facts to help us make the decision.
posted by canine epigram on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Flaming fox doesn't appreciate interruptions...

Help me make Firefox less cranky when losing/restoring tethered network via android phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Help with a borked install?

Attempted to install LIBUSB-win32-filter-bin-0.1.122 without using compatibility mode. Now none of the peripherals are working, except for the trackpad and keyboard. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jun 7, 2013 - 5 answers

In search of a lasting wireless network solution

After wasting two different off-days trying to get my damnable modem+router working, I want to return them both and get something entirely new. Any good recommendations for a solid, reliable DSL modem and wireless router set-up with decent NAS support? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Any way to speed up mp3 loading to audio player?

Any way to speed up mp3 loading to audio player? My computer says it will take 13 hours. Is there any way to speed this up? I'm running Windows 7 with 2.0 USB connection. Thanks so much, hive mind peeps.
posted by ragtimepiano on Feb 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Powering a work environment from a bike dynamo?

I'll soon be off on a big bike tour, and would like reccomendations for running a computer/tablet able to do actual work from a bike dynamo hub (details inside). [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Jan 15, 2013 - 29 answers

cloning or copying a hard drive

Copying a windows partition to bigger disk. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jul 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Computer crashed, what adapter do I need for my hard drive?

The SATA adapter I bought doesn't hook up to my hard drive so I need help finding the right one. [more inside]
posted by mewohu on May 11, 2012 - 3 answers

What hardware do I need for recording and live mixing?

I need a USB interface to connect 2 mics, a midi keyboard, and an ipod to a computer, for both live mixing and recording. Hope? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Best USB Headset?

What is a good-quality USB headset? (Headphones with Microphone)? [more inside]
posted by cell divide on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 answers

External HDD fried

External HDD no longer recognized. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii?

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii? [more inside]
posted by richb on Dec 31, 2011 - 2 answers

“one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it”

I'm getting the following message: “one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it” I post the message not because it is informative about the problem but because it's the recurring symptom. It occurs sometimes when I plug in a device, but even more often on devices that have been connected for some time. If I ignore it, the device might even start working again. (Most annoying are the message that tell me I have to reformat the device as I am afraid the cat will walk by and click on OK and wipe out my data.) The most "interesting" analysis online suggested that some kind of timeout for a device that hasn't been used in "a while" tells the system to "renew" which fails and results in the message. This may even be true, but who knows? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Dec 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed?

Does it make any difference what kind of hard drive I buy to put in an external USB 2.0 enclosure in terms of transfer speed? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Oct 17, 2011 - 4 answers

All micro usb cables are not created equal?

Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Headset for travel

I'm looking for a USB headset for travel that isn't cheap and nasty.
posted by nam3d on Jun 29, 2011 - 3 answers

USB Hub for Macbook Air

USB hub for Macbook Air - can you recommend one? I just need something I can plug the usual array of peripherals into: iPod, iPad, SuperDrive, camera, external keyboard, mouse, printer, etc. (not necessarily all at once). I don't think I need anything fancy like extra hard drive storage built in, but open to all ideas. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Help! Photos trapped inside my camera!!

Can someone point me in the direction of a driver that will work in Vista to allow me to get my photos off my camera? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Copying over a large DMG backup

What is the best way to copy files out of a 140 GB dmg file from an external USB drive that is a backup from a previous Mac? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within.

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within. [more inside]
posted by intermod on Nov 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Or failing that, a time portal to 2005 and $100 or so in appropriately dated bills...

Does anyone make a thumb drive that plays MP3s? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 16, 2010 - 24 answers

External Drives Problem

I have two Western Digital My Books (WD5000H) that were being used to consolidate files between two XP SP3 systems. Both of them stopped working at the same time. I use USBDeview on one of the computers that creates a record of every USB device that has been in my system. This showed two separate installs of the WD5000H drivers, plus another install of another unidentifiable WD driver. After the WD drives stopped working, they appeared in a different location as two separate Initio Default Controllers. These drives did not show up in either Explorer, Device Manager or in XP Computer Management panel. An older Iomega external drive and flash drives readily mount. [more inside]
posted by Raybun on Nov 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Wireless Cable Modem + USB Port?

Need a wireless cable modem that has a USB port for an external hard drive or printer? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Oct 5, 2010 - 6 answers

My best guess is it was formatted by a witch?

I've come across an unusual USB flash memory stick. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Sep 25, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I enable my USB - getting BSOD and want to backup files.

It appears a virus has disabled my USB ports. I get the BSOD but can get to the Windows Recovery Console. I can see the USB ports in BIOS so how can I enable them? Bigger question is how to backup files from my hard drive while my PC is in this condition since it is not recognizing the USB?
posted by hrhcc on Aug 28, 2010 - 9 answers

I want to make an External HDD a NAS and a DAS. But How?

Is there any way I can connect my External USB hard drive to my PS3 non-wirelessly while still sharing it wirelessly with other devices (iPad, iPod and other PCs in my house) using an Airport Extreme and a 4 port USB hub? I have a gut feeling that there must be a way to do this but I can't actually work out a real world way to do this. I accept I may potentially need to buy a new cable or two but I can live with that. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Aug 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Bootable Ubuntu Flash drive

Booting Ubuntu from a USB flash drive [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Aug 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I charge other devices with the iPad power adapter?

Can I plug any old USB cable into the 10W USB Power Adapter that came with my iPad and use it to charge other devices? Or will I fry something in the process?
posted by turaho on Aug 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Basic audio interface for Intel iMac

I do occasional audio recording with GarageBand. I just recently upgraded from a G4 tower to an Intel iMac w/Snow Leopard. I settled for analog audio in through the mic input on the G4 but I think I want to step up to digital input. I have an analog mixer, tube preamps, effects pedals, etc. so I don't need to have them in the audio interface. Midi I/O would also be nice but not necessary. What are my choices in a basic 2-channel Firewire(800)/USB(2.0) audio interface?
posted by tommasz on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Let me get this straight...

How can I straighten a cable with many kinks / bends in it? [more inside]
posted by PontifexPrimus on Jul 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Why won't my usb key boot my macs?

We have a macbookpro with a touchy DVD drive. I'm trying to upgrade it to snow leopard, but I somehow can't get my usb drive to be bootable. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I record TV programmes using new fangled equipment?

I want to start recording TV programmes at home to use at school, but I haven't used any kind of TV recording equipment since VHS tapes. Ideally what I want to be able to do is record TV programmes from a Freesat box (including iplayer programmes) onto a USB external HDD. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Jul 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Red + White = Meh

I'm currently using this USB capture device. The sound (regardless of the source, it seems) is always tinny and weak... maybe 1/3 the volume it should be. Would putting a preamp in between the source and the card improve things? Am I resigned to mixing sound in after the fact? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Flash drive gift for a college freshman

What useful things can I put on a USB flash drive for a high school senior on his way to college? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jun 9, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I regain access to my Enhanced USB storage device?

How can I repair / access an Integral/Courier 4GB USB memory stick? When I plug it in Windows 7 [Home Premium, 64bit] says the "Device needs to be reset before it can be used", then "Failed to reset the device to factory default". [more inside]
posted by n3rt on May 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Why does my USB port now only work with one device?

My USB port works with my printer, but has stopped working for all other devices. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Please recommend a car stereo with a USB input jack.

I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Headphone mania

Help me find USB headphones for Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by movicont on Apr 20, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I make karmic Ubuntu and WinMo 6.1 play nice?

Why won't Ubuntu 9.10 recognize any recent pictures or new folders on my Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone when I plug it in? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 18, 2010 - 5 answers

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