USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and is a general and universal interface standard for connecting computers and electronic devices.

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Windows XP getting USB on off sounds repeatedly?

My laptop has gotten into a mode whereby it makes the USB mount and unmount sound repeatedly in a random fashion. This is the two tone ascending pitch for mount and descending pitch for unmount. The ...
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How can you stop the Connect/Disconnect sound on WinXP?

I recently started using a KVM at work, and now every time I switch one of my machines sounds off Windows XP's connected or disconnected device wav file. Is there a way to disable this without muting ...
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Can I get Microsoft Messenger for Mac to respect Sound System Preferences?

My system is a MBPro, running Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and Microsoft Messenger 7.0.2. I think this is just a bug in Microsoft Messenger for Mac. The scenario: I have the Griffin iMic USB sound ...
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USB ->PS2 -> USB ->thumb drive -> WTF?

I plug a USB to PS2 converter into my computer and then plug a PS2 to USB converter (different brand) into that and then plug a thumb drive into that... and the drive works. What the heck?! Is USB ...
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How do I make a USB RS232 dongle show up in /dev/ttyUSB* in Ubuntu 10.04?

I have a couple of FTDI based USB to Rs232 serial dongles. Sometimes when I plug them into my Ubuntu 10.04 laptop, they show up as /dev/ttyUSB0 and /dev/ttyUSB1. Sometimes they don't. When they ...
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Is there a limit to the number of USB to RS-232 ports my computer can support?

I am looking to get a whole bunch of digital output pins that I can directly control from my CPU and I am hoping to use a whole bunch of USB to serial ports to achieve this. Assuming I am using a ...
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A USB to VGA or DVI adapter with support for Windows 7 Aero?

I'm looking to add a 3rd monitor to my setup via a USB-to-DVI/VGA adapter. My 3rd monitor is an old VGA one just 1280x1024, so resolution doesn't seem to be an issue, but almost every USB-to-DVI/VGA ...
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How to remove Encrypted flag when copying a file from a HDD to a USB drive?

Environment: Windows 7, but applies to other EFS-compatible Windows versions I have a file that is encrypted using standard Windows EFS encryption. When I copy that file to a USB drive using Total ...
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usb port use as communications port

I am using hyper terminal, AT commands to manipulate the mobile phone. It works using the bluetooth connection and infrared where there is ease of creating and configuring a gsm modem(the phone). The ...
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Creating a Hybrid USB drive

1/ Is it possible to create a hybrid USB drive? Needs to be functionally the same as a hybrid CD : Mac sees only mac partition, windows sees only windows partition... bonus if they can share files ...
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USB to SCSI 80 pin SCA adapter existance?

I got some older SCA 80 Pin SCSI hard drives that I would like to format and erase, but I do not have the old server they were once used in. Did any company ever produce a cheap USB to SCA 80 ...
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Usage of USB device or a cd on a windows system [closed]

How could we know the previous usage of USB and CD in windows XP manually?
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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 ...
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Wireless USB vs. Bluetooth

I just started using a Bluetooth keyboard. One thing I noticed is that sometimes the keyboard will get disconnected from the computer, but that could just be because the batteries are low. Now I'm ...
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Laptop's internal keyboard as an external one?

Firstly, let me say that I've never seen how a laptop's internal keyboard interface with the motherboard. Hence the question. The thing is I use an external keyboard and monitor, but I like how ...
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Home computer can't keep internet connection with wireless usb adapter

I did some work on a computer recently that had problems keeping an internet connection. Here's what happened. I turned on the computer and there was no wireless connection. After resetting the USB ...
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How can I switch between two USB printers on one USB port?

I have two USB Zebra label printers, same make and model. Each is loaded with a different type of label. I would like to connect them both to the same computer, via a switch box. This way, the ...
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Make a USB drive read only

I have a 1.5TB USB drive with many important files that I want to give to a friend (they have Windows7) for reading only purposes. thumbscrew appears to flip a registry switch but it seems to be on ...
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I accidentally plugged my USB mouse into my eSata port… it works?

I'm on a Thinkpad T510 and I accidentally plugged my Razor USB mouse into the eSata port not realizing my error because it has been working fine this whole time. Does this seem a little odd?
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Why are some PCs losing data coming on over USB serial?

I have an embedded device that connects to a PC using USB and enumerates as a USB serial port. The device spits out approximately 30 megabytes of data over a period of about 15 minutes. My PC is ...
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USB ports on a laptop

If you attach too many USB devices to one USB port on a laptop by using something that allows you to attach multiple USB devices then can that cause damage to the USB port?
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How do I simulate a parallel (LPT) Printer with a USB Printer?

I have some legacy software that only prints on printers connected via an LPT port. The machine I need to use, however, doesn't have a parallel port. Plus my printer is a USB device. How do I trick ...
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Install Windows 7 on Mac from USB

Is it possible to install Windows 7 on Mac from a USB stick, using Boot Camp? (it's so much faster than the usual CD/DVD install) And the second question is: during the installation process (as ...
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How do I backup my text messages off a SIM card under Linux?

I found monosim, but that only manages your contacts, and it works over PC/SC, which I believe is serial-based (I'd prefer a USB solution). Mainly, I'm wondering what software is out there, since ...
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What is a USB Wi-Fi dongle device that can emulate virtual mass storage device for a home video player?

What is a USB Wi-Fi dongle device that can emulate a virtual mass storage device for home video player, but in fact it shows the files from a network-shared enter code here folder?
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Mounting a USB digital camera on Gentoo

I'm having trouble mounting my Kodak EasyShare C190 under gentoo. It seems to be getting recognized without issue, but as far as I can tell is not assigned a device-name with which to mount it: lsusb ...
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How do I create a bootable USB Flash PcRepair Kit?

I do PC repair on the side and am looking to use a bootable flash drive as a PcRepair Kit. I'm also looking for anit-virus, anti-malware, Data-Recovery, Hardware testing. It would be great if it was ...
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Should I unmount a USB drive before unplugging it?

When you unplug an USB drive without unmounting, your OS warns you about how dreadful could be such operation for your devices (I'm on OSX). I usually follow the advice, unmounting before unplugging, ...
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Use laptop with wireless to connect desktop without wireless to the Internet

Ok, so this is the scenario: I live in a flat where wireless Internet is included in the rent. I have no idea where the router is. I have no ethernet plugs in the flat. I have a few desktop computers ...
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Forcing Windows to mount a drive with a specific drive letter

I have a USB key with sensitive data on it. It contains a TrueCrypt container, which I can mount to a specific drive letter through a TrueCrypt installation on the same device. This is all great, ...
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Connecting a usb flash drive to a MacBook Pro

I need to read some files from a usb thumb drive, but I plug it into my MBP, nothings happens. I was expecting it to mount automatically. Is this normal? The same drive works fine with Windows ...
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Multiple USB wireless devices? (linux)

I have a broadcom wireless card in my laptop and as far as I know, it acts as an USB device. I also have one USB stick wireless device (TL-WN422G - uses ath9k_htc driver) which I want to use at the ...
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How do I make a USB stick that will install both windows xp and linux?

I would like to have the option to install winxp or ubuntu from the same 4gb drive. Is there any easy way to do this? I looked around on google and I saw a textwall or two.
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Install WIndows XP on a PC without PS2 adapter

I have a new PC that comes with USB but without PS2 adapter. I need to install Windows XP 64 bit incl. SP1. The keyboard works in the BIOS and during the installation of Windows XP. But when the XP ...
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Infected Win XP disk not openable on a Vista computer

How can I read a WinXP partioned disk that is infected and shows up on a USB connection to Win Vista computer as a single partition that Vista cannot see the contents? The XP computer HDD is partioned ...
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Choosing the right TV tuner - USB or PCI TV tuners, hardware/software, DVB? Hybrid/combo/analog?

Greetings, I'll start with some background information so you know what I'm trying to accomplish and then get to my question. I work at a Television station in the US and we are working on setting up ...
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Laptop will boot to some usb flash drives but not others

Laptop: HP Compaq 6710b I can boot from usb just fine with the following usb flash drives: Cruzer micro 4GB HP 4GB The flash drive that will not boot: Flash Voyager 8GB To knock out ...
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How do I burn an .img file onto a USB drive? [closed]

I'm using Windows and trying to burn this Chromium OS nightly onto my USB drive. Could someone recommend a program (freeware) that can "burn" an .img file onto a USB drive?
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Windows XP automatically install default drivers

While ago I've installed Windows XP on my "fail-safe" eSATA flash drive. The installation is a little customized (this might be the cause of the problem). The problem is that when I connect new ...
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Is there any way to boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive with Windows on it?

I’ve got an external USB drive that’s a bootable clone of a Windows XP hard drive (theoretically — I haven’t confirmed that a PC can boot from it). I’m trying to get my Intel Mac mini to boot from ...
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Can I boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive?

Can I boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive?
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Can I install Windows XP, Vista and 7 from the same USB flash drive?

I'm usually the person my friends call when it's time for them to turn back the clock on their computers and reformat, but none of them seem capable of hanging on to the Windows installation discs ...
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External USB drive is failing

I have an external USB 2.0 drive WD My Book Mirror Edition, running in RAID 1 (mirroring) mode. A while ago the hard drive started to fail: it stops responding (directories are not listed returning an ...
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Boot from disk with both usb and sata

I have a SSD Harddisk with both an usb and Sata connection, and I want to be able to boot both from usb and sata but I can't make it work. When the disk is connected with sata anything works fine ...
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How to install manually USB CDC ACM driver for Windows when it is not detected

How to install manually USB CDC ACM driver under Windows 2k and Xp, when it is not automaticaly detected Regards
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Mount external USB drive in Single User Mode

How can I mount an external USB drive when I'm in Single User Mode on my Mac? I'm not able to see it in /dev/
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Hard Reset USB in Ubuntu 10.04

I have a USB device (a modem) that is really finicky. Sometimes it works fine, but other times it refuses to connect. The only solution I have found to fix it once it gets into a bad state is to ...
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Accessing the firmware of an USB flash drive

Is there any way via which one can read the firmware of an USB flash drive? And if there is really such a way, can one write to that memory area?
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Ubuntu Server installed from USB puts GRUB on the USB drive instead of the hard disk

I've just tried installing Ubuntu Server onto my new PC. The PC doesn't have a CD ROM drive, just USB, so I used a USB installation of Ubuntu Server. When I install it, it allocates dev/sda as being ...
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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 ...