The tag has no wiki summary.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
39 views

Is it safe to use a higher supply voltage to a peripheral?

I have an ~10-year-old hub (Surecom EtherPerfect 505ST if anyone's interested) that says "DC 7.5V" below its power connector. Unfortunately, I can't find the adapter, but I do find one that fits but ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

USB Devices not working. PS/2 is working

Currently navigating round windows only using my keyboard. I have been using Linux for the past couple of weeks (all the ports work fine there and on the bios) but when I boot into windows they all ...
2
votes
2answers
193 views

Why is there such disparity in battery life between wireless mice?

When comparing the specifications of wireless mice, the battery life figures I encounter (as reported by both manufacturers and users) can be wildly different, even between similar mice. For example: ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

How to clean/what to do about getting liquid form of compressed air cleaner on computer equipment?

I'm a little worried. I was using some compressed air cleaner (to be specific, Office Depot® Brand Cleaning Duster) to try to blow the dust off some dusty parts of my computer. The instructions are ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

My USB doesn't detect peripherals until restart

I have a vaio s series laptop,running windows 7. it has 3 usb ports. with flash memory and storage devices I have no problem with them. but with peripherals like mouse and USB2Serial I have problem ...
1
vote
0answers
85 views

Portrait Orientated Monitor Taking Landscape Orientated Input - Linux Fedora

I am attempting to set up a touchscreen monitor on a computer I just installed the newest version of Fedora on. Touch Screen Monitor: Acer - T-Series 23" IPS LED HD Touch-Screen Monitor Computer: ...
1
vote
2answers
85 views

Are all peripherals directly connected to system bus?

System bus has control, address and data buses, as we can see in this picture I think the front-side bus and memory bus is directly on the system bus, but what about the PCIExpress and PCI buses, ...
0
votes
1answer
418 views

Mac: Moved Applications folder, can't install peripheral software?

Here's the Situation I have a Mac Pro, and it runs Mac OSX 10.7.4. For faster performance and startup speed, and an easier way for me to backup my files, I did the following 3 modifications: 1) I ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Keyboard and mouse being deatached during W7 work and cannot be reatached (even in differenet port) until system reboot

I have very strange problem with my USB mouse and keyboard: Sometimes during normal work in W7 they became deatached (there is that funky sound of deataching device in W7), without any my ingeretion. ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

Experiencing periodic mouse/keyboard lockups when booting to Windows 8 installation USB, then BSOD

I'm trying to upgrade my new build from Windows 7 64 bit to Windows 8 64 bit. When I boot to the USB the mouse and keyboard cut out every 2-3 seconds for about 2 seconds. Then when I hit the install ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

Keyboard stuck on Windows Key when Asleep

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64 and a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition. I am using a Dell XPS 9000. Whenever I leave my computer alone for a short period of time while it is locked, about 80% ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

PCI Express - Clarification about BAR, Memory addressing and physical memory

I'm an absolute beginner starting to understand the PCI Express protocol and I need some clarifications about its mechanics. I understood that a PCI Express endpoint device may have some memory BAR ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Can bluetooth peripherals work without the USB device?

I have a keyboard and mouse that came with a USB "transmitter/receiver" (for lack of the right word). My PC has bluetooth built in. Is there a way to get my keyboard and mouse to talk directly to the ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

If I acquire a USB QR/barcode scanner, can I set it to automatically launch a browser upon reading a URL?

I'm considering purchasing a scanner such as the Esky™ Automatic USB (Bi-directional) Barcode Scanner. I've produced some QR codes (containing valid http URLs) which I'd like students at my school to ...
0
votes
1answer
590 views

Letting my Windows 8 PC turn screen and speakers on/off

I use Windows 8 Pro, 64 bits. My computer is a desktop one, with both screen and speakers as separate pieces. A few months ago, I was in awe when I discovered that you can make it so that the ...
4
votes
2answers
6k views

How do I get a Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 joystick to work on Windows 8?

When I plug it in, Windows 8 doesn't recognize the Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 joystick as being plugged in at all and it doesn't work.
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I enable/disable a USB filter in VirtualBox from the command-line?

I'm running VirtualBox Version 4.2.0 r80737. I have a USB keyboard that I usually just want filtered to the VirtualBox, but occasionally I want to free it up so that I can use it in the host OS as ...
1
vote
1answer
690 views

How do I disable a laptop's build-in keyboard on ubuntu?

I have a Kinesis keyboard that I ideally like to use by placing it on top of my laptop. When I do that, I wind up pressing keys on the built-in keyboard with my external keyboard. I've been playing ...
22
votes
2answers
2k views

Why must I install drivers BEFORE plugging in a new peripheral?

I've always found this to be curious about installation instructions for computer peripherals; most commonly, installation of USB hardware in Windows XP. Installation instructions typically insist ...
0
votes
1answer
573 views

How to connect Altera DE2 board to Windows 7?

I added the driver that comes with Quartus II web edition and it finds the card: And the card appears in the device manager so it indeed looks correct so far. But when I start Quartus Programmer ...
1
vote
1answer
907 views

Can an infrared port be added to a laptop?

Recently I bought a used TV tuner which came with an MCE remote, but unfortunately not the receiver. I know that there are some receivers available on eBay (for a pretty penny), but I thought it would ...
0
votes
1answer
209 views

Relative noise level of tactile keyboards

I'm hoping to replace my Apple aluminum keyboard with a more comfortable alternative. There are many great options out there—friends have recommended the Das Keyboard and the Tactile Pro—and I think ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

How much does it wear an SD card to be frequently removed/reinserted?

My digital camera (a Sony α55) stores photos on an SD card. When I want to transfer these to my computer (a mid-2010 MacBook Pro), I have two options: use the USB cable to connect the camera to the ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

USB Mouse keeps cutting off/on on Win7

I have a USB mouse that just recently has started turning off for a few seconds than switching back on. The light switches off and the cursor stops moving. Then it come back on. I have updated my ...
0
votes
1answer
197 views

Non-widescreen tablet + widescreen display

Most of the screens are 16:9 now, most of the graphics tablets are not. How does an A5 tablet (like Pentagram Designer, for instance) interact with a wide screen display? Do I get dead zones at ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

How do I fix the delay on my Razer Naga's buttons?

I'm not sure if this is the correct site to post it on, but I'm having problems with my Razer Naga Epic. I took a break for about a week, and when I went to use my Naga Epic all the buttons, left ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

Connecting phone earpiece to laptop through bluetooth possible?

is there anyway to connect a phone earpiece to be usable by the laptop through bluetooth or some other technology? (in other words "channeling" the sounds of the laptop to the product) The product is ...
-1
votes
1answer
574 views

when we connect more external devices to our laptops, does it actually slow down our laptops?

I have about 6 external devices connected to my laptop, 3 USBs, 1 internet line, 1 earpiece, and 1 for my external monitor. And i was just curious but does the laptop actually needs to do more "work" ...
2
votes
1answer
146 views

Scent/Odor/Smell “Printer” [closed]

About 10-15 years ago I read in a computer newspaper about a (then) new device that looked like a shark-fin (and may have had “shark” in its name), that would allow users to “print” odor using little ...
3
votes
4answers
6k views

Disable USB powered light from command line?

I have a nice little USB light which has no off switch, it is 'on' for the duration of being plugged in. My question is, is there a way of disabling the USB port so as to turn off the light while ...
0
votes
1answer
177 views

Dual monitor DVI kvm

Setup 2 DVI LCDs, 1 USB keyboard, 1 USB mouse, regular one jack audio. 2 PCs. I would like to share the peripherals/input devices between the two PCs but so far the dual DVI/USB/Audio KVM I found ...
6
votes
1answer
590 views

How do Optical/Laser mice work?

The old fashioned mice worked via two wheels that are turned by a ball: Found here One represented the x-axis while the other represtened the y-axis. Turning one, would move the mouse in that ...
0
votes
1answer
354 views

What are the characteristic of Asus Xtion Pro?

What are the hardware characteristic of Asus Xtion Pro (a new peripheral for PC)? And which are the differences between Asus Xtion Pro and Microsoft Kinect?
15
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the difference between “safely remove” and “eject”?

Eject would normally make sense for CDs, etc., and safely remove tends to be used with USB media. However, my Kindle (which connects over USB) shows distinct behavior when using the two options: After ...
3
votes
4answers
768 views

How can I obtain/build a wireless volume knob for Windows?

I use my computer as a media center and simply love it. It's an older box running XP and it works better than everything else I've tried turning into a media center (Windows 7, Vista, several Linux ...
1
vote
1answer
469 views

Why does Snow Leopard report incorrect battery levels for Bluetooth input devices after switching them to Apple rechargeable batteries?

I have a Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and the Apple Wireless keyboard. They work fine. Two days ago, doing my part for the environment, I changed all their batteries to Apple rechargeable batteries. ...
0
votes
1answer
147 views

Can peripheral devices be damaged by sending wrong signals?

I read somewhere that once monitors could be damaged by sending wrong signals and it was used as a plus point by the hackers.I want to ask that today,is there any way hardware can get damaged by the ...
3
votes
4answers
4k views

USB KVM vs. PS/2 KVM switches

Is one of those types of KVM switches better than the other in any way? One faster than the other? Is the switching instantaneous? Transparency for the OS: Does the OS even know about the switch? Does ...
1
vote
3answers
263 views

What peripherals really need USB 2.0?

The above is really the core of this question... It's not always easy to figure out - - which devices should be connected on USB 2.0 (because there is a speed benefit) and - which devices can just as ...
4
votes
2answers
229 views

Is there a historical computer peripherals or accessories museum or even just a current list?

Thinking about all the unique and different peripherals I've owned over the years, from ISA capture cards, to parallel port controlled shutter glasses for 3d games. I've seen many many accessory or ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Bluetooth Headset for Mac Mini

If i go out an buy a bluetooth headset - one typically used for a mobile phone - will i be able to pair and use it with my mac mini (for skype/gtalk conerencing)? Im running OS X 10.5 on a last gen ...
1
vote
1answer
329 views

Looking for a USB A/B Box

I have a laptop and a tower, and I usually like to use the laptop for my chat and other miscellaneous tasks while the tower is doing the hard work during video editing projects and such. Due to the ...
3
votes
1answer
423 views

Are “ergnomic” keyboards good for you? [closed]

I currently own the Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 USB Keyboard: It is pretty comfortable, keys are soft, pretty standard layout. Only problem is that sometimes it feels like my fingers get a little ...
0
votes
2answers
531 views

My Mac computer won't recognize an external WD Drive via USB

It worked in the past, but I forgot to eject it before unplugging it and it gave me that dire warning about never doing that again! Now it won't recognize it at all when plugging in. I searched ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Scanner with ADF that will save to USB memory stick [closed]

Is there such a thing as a scanner with an automatic document feeder and a duplexer, that will scan to a USB memory stick? Other requirements, must be able to save as PDF (inc multipage PDF) or JPG. ...
1
vote
3answers
822 views

Graphics Tablets - How does a tablet and mouse work together? Is there anything else one should be aware of?

I received a graphics tablet several years ago as a gift, but didn't use it much. I do a lot of artwork on the PC but my tablet is long gone (seems to have disappeared though I still have the driver ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Recommendations for a cheap USB peripheral for PC to measure voltage [closed]

I'm looking for a cheap USB peripheral that I can use to collect voltage measurement data. The application that I currently have in mind is to measure battery capacity by attaching a known resistance ...
2
votes
3answers
192 views

Is it possible to automate a driver change on Windows for a plug&play peripheral?

Is it possible to automate a change of driver for a same peripheral, under Windows ? Typically to switch between two ones. (I'm talking about the kind of driver which doesn't require the computer to ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Full-sized iPhone keyboard? [closed]

Are there any full-sized keyboards that can be used with the iPhone? I'm personally interested in solutions that don't requiring hacking the device, e.g. "jailbreaking."