USB is a universal, general interface standard for connecting peripheral devices to PCs.

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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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How can data in a public computer be protected from being copied?

I recently bought several computers for my students which are running Windows 7. I saved some course materials for my students to look at while in the classroom. I want these files to be protected ...
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ODD Drive detected as hard drive in USB to SATA

Obviously I have been using a USB2SATA cable to connect my unused iHAS drive to my computer. (No SATA ports left). The computer lists the device as a "bridge" instead of the real device as the seller ...
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Is there an USB-Hub that allows simultaneous sharing? [duplicate]

I have been looking for a device to connect printer, smartcard, etc. to two PCs at the same time. I've heard that there'd be a file corruption issue, but maybe they worked out a workaround. ...
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remove power from one of laptop's usb hubs

my laptop (hp probook 4530s - windows 8.1 x64) has 4 usb hubs; I attached 1TB external hard-drive to one of them and it works just fine; if i set the external hard-drive to offline mode then it's ...
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WiFi disconnecting and wireless adapter disappears [closed]

I bought an HTPC based on the GA-E350N WIN 8 and using a TL-WN723N for WiFi. From day 1 I started to have problems with the computer losing WiFi connection and the yellow exclamation mark appearing ...
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Surface Pro won't boot from usb

I have had a surface pro for a while now and I have decided to try and boot from USB on it. It won't boot from it. I have tried an external hardrive with Windows Vista on, a Windows 98 Microsoft-dos ...
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Cannot access Acom Data Model HD040U2FE-54 external harddrive

Cannot access Acom Data Model HD040U2FE-54 with following error message: The specified I/O operation on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3 was not complete before the time out period ended What's going ...
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Many wireless keyboards in one receptor for android

I'm developing an application for Android XBMC (aka Android TV PC) which is controlled by a wireless keyboard. The Android XBMC has only a USB input that receives the keyboard dongle. The problem is ...
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Alternative to USB and DVD ROM Boot

I'm trying to install Kali Linux to my old (and empty HDD) Q6600. However I'm facing issues with booting it via USB, all I see is black screen with cursor. (The bootable USB was created with ...
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Is it safe to have a USB stick under this situation? [duplicate]

I found this kind of magnet key ring: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IEYF6EO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2K9Y6914G7CDO Is it safe to attach one end to an USB stick?
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Script to automount a pendrive in linux

I want my pendrive to automatically mount in my linux server system. I have Scientific Linux 6.4(32 bit) without gui. I want to write a script to do this. Usually the drive is at /dev/sdb1 but it ...
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Installing OS from a flash drive's directory?

I have quite huge (64GB) flash drive with some data on it. And I'm wondering if it's possible to create a directory with bootable Windows 7 / 8 / Linux on that pendrive so I'd be able to install OS ...
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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 - Driver Not Found

I have the latest driver (Version 1.4) downloaded from Microsoft's website. The driver installs fine, but the headset still has a yellow icon in device manager. Just to confirm that the headset ...
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Share USB-storage between two devices

This question will sound strange so bear with me and let me explain. I have an embedded device, this device works in such a way that when a USB-storage is connected to it, it immediately creates a ...
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Parallelize USB data? Or simply use LPT?

I need to generate a simple system in which host computer interrupts lead out to a non-standard RJ-45 connection (6 pins in binary on/off state) that can be triggered with little latency. The only ...
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Hybrid hdd in external case over USB

I'm using external 2.5" drive in USB box like this and I wonder if using hybrid SSD would gave improvement in speed. Will it function and use it's cache properly if it's connecter using USB? I ...
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Sharing keyboard and mouse between two boxes

I have a Mac and PC that I need to share the USB keyboard and mouse connections with. They each have a separate monitor. I think a regular KVM switch is overkill because of the separate monitors, ...
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USB safe removal notification keeps popping up

I have a Dell inspiron laptop with windows vista. It has been working perfectly until lately, a problem has been bugging the hell out of me. Ever minute, a USB safe removal notification in the ...
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Is it possible to install a usb wireless adapter on windows 7 without admin access or third-party drivers?

My wife has a laptop for her work-from-home job and the wireless card has failed. Her work "does not support wireless" so they won't fix it and she is very unhappy being corded. I can not open the box ...
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Should I enabled or disable xHCI hand-off in BIOS setup, when running Windows 7?

I have a Jetway NF9E-Q77 motherboard which supports USB 3.0. An Intel driver is available to enabled USB 3.0 support in Windows 7. Assuming the driver is installed, should xHCI hand-off be enabled ...
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How to migrate user files from hard drive of dead vista system to w7?

I have the good hard drive from an otherwise dead Vista laptop ( I'm looking at you, HP Pavilion DV6700!) connected to the USB port of a good windows 7 system. To clarify, the drive from the old ...
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Linux Mint Petra won't Auto-Mount USB Devices

I recently updated my OS to Mint Petra and am no longer able to plug-and-play my USB devices. Olivia would automatically mount my jump drives or external hard drives, and I don't see why Petra ...
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See the logs of the usb removed recently

How can I see the logs of the usb removed recently with their dates and times? Thanks. I looked setupapi.dev file but I have not found anything that would be helpful. On Windows 7, sorry.
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How to get Huawei phones Y530 and Y300 to connect via USB on Windows?

We have Huawei Y530 and Y300 smartphones. When we connect either of these with the USB cable to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the operating systems say "USB Device Not Recognized". No USB driver ...
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Macbook Pro and Edimax Ethernet to USB adaptor

I am using Macbook pro 13 retina (from 2013). It does not have ethernet connector and I need to plug in ethernet cable in my work office. So I have bought EDIMAX Ethernet to USB adaptor. For some time ...
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Can't format usb/ can't delete data on usb

I bought a brand new 8gb pen-drive today with the purpose of putting on a .iso file for a new Linux distribution. I used sudo dd if=/path/to/.iso of=/dev/sdb to write the .iso to the usb drive. ...
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OS X does not release external disk cache (in inactive memory)?

While I am using an/any application that does reading from an external disk, free memory continuously decreases and inactive memory increases by the same amount, which is aproximately the amount of ...
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USB port cut on

I need to use my computer to charge several items. If I leave my computer for any length of time it shuts down Of course the things charging stop the charging process and I have t cut my system back ...
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HID usb advertisement keyboard

I got a advertisement "usb pen-drive" when plugged in autostart windows run (win + r) and writes the company website and press enter, In device manager it is shown as a keyboard. Does anyone know how ...
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Getting an old USB device (projector) to work through a VM

I have an AIPTEK T20 Pocket Cinema projector (which I bought in 2009, and officially went out of production in 2012). It used to work back in the day when I had Windows XP installed on my computer. ...
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Can't a USB hub power keyboard and mouse at same time?

I'm trying to use a Dell mouse and keyboard via a single USB port using the USB splitter hub, but the devices seem to misbehave. Just one of the devices work when I connect both. I figured out it's a ...
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Why some devices does not require usb driver on Linux, but do on Windows?

I have seen several project by now, that use USB interface. They usually require special driver for Windows, but not for Linux based systems. Why is that? I mean, even Windows has some generic drivers ...
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UEFI Legacy boot hidden - tricks to unlock it?

I bought an Acer Aspire E1-510P-4459 with Windows 8.1... And I am considering installing Linux on it; maybe Win7, but I'd need to get a USB CD for that. So I downloaded a live image of my favourite ...
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What is the purpose of a 2.1 amp charger if USB 2.0 can only draw 500mA

USB carries 5 Volts but what is the maximum amperage? From what I read it is 500 mA for USB 2.0, so my question is, what is the point of a 2.1 Amp charger? Or am I mistaken and USB 2.0 can support ...
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Enabling write cache on my unsupported flash drive

I have recently found that I can improve the performance of my computer by enabling write caching on my external USB flash drive. I have a PNY 8GB flash drive. I have done the following: Right click ...
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Windows 8.1 , issue with some drivers after hibernate

Hy guys, i updgraded my windows to 8.1 and since that i am having problems : when waking up my pc after hibernate some usb ports, the memory card port and the webcam (and maybe others, that's what i ...
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Front USB 3.0 does not work with USB 3.0 devices

I've recently build a new PC with a Thermaltake Versa H23 case and a Gigabyte B85M-HD3 Motherboard. The rear USB ports seem to work well when connected to a USB 3.0 external hdd (about 120MB/s ...
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How to use synchronous endpoint of USB audio device?

I want to play the same sound over several USB audio devices in sync. Last time I tried something like this was about 2001 and it was successful -- and the pair of Griffin iMics I used back then still ...
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NO USB devices show in windows 8.1 device manager

Whatever I plug into my USB ports will get power and will charge but will not connect to the computer. I have restarted the computer several times, I re-installed the chipset drivers and still even a ...
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Linux: disbale USB without disabling power

TLDR I want toggle between the following usages of a usb-port via the terminal: use like a normal usb-port only supply energy to charge Story I recently got me something like a magna doodle ...
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Freenas box Motherboard sometimes does not boot from USB

I have a Freenas box that boots from a USB stick. It has been fine for a few years, but recently it has stopped detecting the USB stick at boot time and will not boot from USB. Instead it goes into ...
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Connect USB hard drive to wireless router on RJ45 port? Possible?

just a quick story behind. I was trying to set up wireless networked hard drive at home. My wireless router doesn't take USB. I am considering few options. First i was considering to get something ...
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PS1 gamepad and USB dongle, phantom button presses

I've got an old PS1 controller minus the analog sticks. It is connected to my PC using a Boom Psx Pc Usb Converter. It is detected in Windows XP and 7 as a 4 axis 16 button joystick. The only problem ...
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Can Current Backflow from Powered Hub's Adapter & cause PC Damage?

Getting this short: Can current flow from a powered USB hub's power adapter (lying 10 Meter away) back to computer via usb port and cause damage to Computer components like mobo, etc? What should be ...
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what is the fastest way to copy all data to a new larger hard drive?

I was certain this would have been covered before, but I cannot find an answer amongst all the almost-duplicates that come up; sorry if I've missed something obvious. I have a full 320gb disk inside ...
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How can I make my Android phone request (negotiate for) more charge from (with) the host PC? [migrated]

Hello there is a wonderful Q&A here about detecting how much charge your phone is drawing from the computer host: How do you check how much power a USB port can deliver? In my particular case, my ...
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Windows won't show FAT32 USB drive?

I'm hoping someone here can help me. Recently, my Windows 8.1 has stopped showing any USB drive that's be formatted as FAT32 in This PC. This seems to only be for FAT32 drives, because there does ...
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USB device Disabled Mavericks

Late 2012 Macbook Pro, 2.2ghz i5, 8gb ram, running OSX 10.9.3 My Novation Launchpad worked just fine 12 hours ago. I go to work, come home, plug in the device in question and I get this error: ...
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Configure a wireless mouse & keyboard with another wireless mouse's usb receiver

Is there a way to utilize my Microsoft wireless mouse's USB receiver with another Microsoft mouse & keyboard 5000 set that I acquired that didn't include the USB receiver? I'm currently running ...