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Can a motherboard detect a WinToUSB installation?

I want to install Windows 8 on a computer that doesn't have USB ports and won't detect CD drives. I detached the IDE hard drive so I can install Windows with WinToUSB using a IDE/SATA USB adapter. ...
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2answers
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What *exactly* happens when I insert my USB into a computer? [closed]

What exactly happens when I insert my USB into a computer?
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3answers
102 views

Do USB keyboards have hardware auto-repeat? (like PS/2 keyboards)

Or is auto-repeat done in software on the computer that the keyboard is connected to?
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1answer
66 views

Create virtual port from another mac

I have 2 Macintoshes. In the first Macintosh I have put in the USB port a device (like a iPod, Arduino, other) and I would like to connect from the second Macintosh to the device on the first. The ...
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1answer
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How to install OSX Lion onto a Macbook Air from USB drive without any OS already on the system?

For whatever reason, I have recently come into an early 2008 Macbook Air which has had its hard drive wiped completely, so there is no OS on there currently. How do I install OSX Lion or Windows 7/8 ...
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2answers
930 views

Computer architecture: Are USB keyboards less responsive due to narrow IRQ range?

Here is a statement I just thought of. Can anyone tell me whether, and why, it is true? Statement: Because USB keyboards rely on a USB generic driver and architecture that has only access to lower ...
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2answers
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I want to use a USB stick as a harddrive - hardware questions

I installed the latest Ubuntu OS on a USB stick and I'm having some (expected?) lags. Updating packages takes hours, but I can live with that. But the general response time is pretty bad. For instance ...
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2answers
123 views

Turn 2 USB type A ports (receptacles) into an extension cable with 2 type A receptacles using Linux?

I'm currently trying to connect 2 USB devices together, but both ends are type A plugs. Before I buy a physical extension cords with 2 type A receptacles, I'd like to know if I can connect these 2 ...
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2answers
3k views

Install an OS on an external USB 2.0 hard disk - how about the performance?

I want to use multiple OS (not at the same time) and I don't want to install all OS in one HDD. So I want to use an external USB 2.0 box (my Dell T3500 only supports USB 2.0) and several HDDs. Each OS ...
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2answers
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How long will a USB key with an OS installed on it last? [closed]

I've heard numerous times that installing an OS on a USB key is a bad thing to do, as USBs typically have a certain number of writes before dying, and installing an OS on it will wear it out (unless ...
0
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2answers
657 views

Install windows from FLASH USB. Software

Please direct me to software which can create bootable USB with winxp on it. Yesterday I tried to create such on WIN7 and failed, I guess because of win7 admin rights. Moreover I created such usb on ...
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2answers
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Will I be able to install OS from USB if I buy a card reader?

This may sound silly, but an external device could probably convert interfaces from USB to CD. So will I be able to install OS from USB if I buy a card reader?
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2answers
190 views

What wireless USB adapter is supported out of the box by the most OSs?

I always carry around a wireless USB adapter in my "toolkit." My current adapter is only 802.11g and has seen better days. The male USB connecter us getting loose and Im afraid its one bad yank away ...
6
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1answer
284 views

Possible to Boot install OS (Ubuntu/Windows 7) from hard drive folders/partition?

So I've been installing OSes from USB for sometime. Now when I am using Ubuntu mainly with Windows sometimes, I wanted to have a way to have multiple OS installers in 1 USB or even internal hard ...
2
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2answers
550 views

How can I have a multi-bootable USB KEY that has installers for many different OS's?

I own 4 different computers which I often shuffle the primary OS's around on. I specifically use Windows 7 Enterprise (work laptop) Windows 7 Ultimate (my primary desktop) Windows XP (my old laptop) ...
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3answers
209 views

operating system that will run on a flash drive?

Do you know of anything like mojopac that will emulate your operating system? Ive already tried mojopac but no luck because the free version of the software does not allow it to run without running a ...
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4answers
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Is it safe to run an operating system from an USB flash drive?

I've got a laptop that has a broken harddisk controller. Replacing the motherboard is quite expensive. I thought about buying a flash drive and installing & running the system from it. However, ...
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How does USB device recognition work?

I'm curious how USB device recognition works in Windows. I imagine it's something like this: When you plug in a device, it tells Windows "here's my device ID to tell you what I am" Windows looks to ...
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5answers
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Using UDF on a USB flash drive

After failing to copy a file bigger than 4G to my 8G USB flash drive, I formatted it as ext3. While this is working fine for me so far, it will cause problems if I want to use it to copy files to ...
6
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4answers
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Can I copy my operating-system on an USB-stick to use it in the go?

I'm tired of configuring my system and all applications for different computers (work, home, laptop, ...). Can I copy my system on an USB-stick and boot from it? What are the pitfalls in doing so and ...