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 -
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 -
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.
posted by Dub
on Apr 10, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Looking for a quality build of classic console controllers with USB. [more inside]
posted by lkc
on Nov 26, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
Help me make Firefox less cranky when losing/restoring tethered network via android phone? [more inside]
posted by de void
on Aug 26, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm looking for a USB headset for travel that isn't cheap and nasty.
posted by nam3d
on Jun 29, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I've come across an unusual USB flash memory stick. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by chmmr
on Sep 25, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I have a USB charger for my phone and another for my MP3 player. Can I use one for both without fear of damaging my two most favoritest electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live
on Feb 18, 2010 -