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How to tell if my USB ports are 1.1 or 2.0 for different OSes?

In the same vein as this question, how do you determine what speed the USB ports are on your machine with different OSes installed? Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Mac OS X Linux (Ubuntu) ...
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Ubuntu: How to tell if my USB ports are 1.1 or 2.0?

I just noticed that when I disconnected a USB drive, a message was logged from "usb 1-1:". Does this mean my ports are 1.1, this particular device is a 1.1 device, or is it a meaningless message? Is ...
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How can I make Windows not mount a drive when it is plugged in?

Due to my employer's IT policy, I'm not allowed to have any kind of MP3 playing software on my computer. I do, however, like to plug my iPod into my computer to keep the battery charged during working ...
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backup flashdrive

Is there a utility I can use that will take a backup of my flash drive every time I insert it into the computer with out me having to take any action? I would prefer something that runs on Mac and ...
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How can I get USB keyboard extra buttons working?

I have recently bought an USB keyboard. It has 12 extra buttons but only 5 of them are working. There are no "unknown scancode" messages in the logs. Evtest can't detect them it can't even detect the ...
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What filesystem to have on my USB-harddrive; FAT32 or NTFS?

This is a spin-off from another question I have regarding backup. I'm encountering trouble copying large files (above 4GB) to my USB HDD (same in english). I believe that this is a limitation with the ...
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ExtX file system on my usb key

if I format my usb key with an extX file system, copy some files on it and then give it to a friend for him to add files or modify existing one on this key, then he is rejected by its own system. ...
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USB stick won't show up

I have a usb stick that won't show up on the computer. It has always worked in the past, and nothing remarkable has changed on the stick or the PC since its last use. It could be that it's not ...
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How can I disable the automatic switch to “library” mode in Windows 7's Media Player 12?

Whenever I plug any USB device into my computer while running Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7, it will automatically swtich the player from the Now Playing mode to Library mode. This is intended ...
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Should I use VFAT or ext3 for a 1Tb external usb hard drive?

I have a 1 Tb USB external hard drive which I want to use to backup data from my home and office desktops (both running Linux). Should I format the drive (possibly split into a few partitions) as vfat ...
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How long would it take to transfer 1TB over USB 2.0?

This might be a completely stupid question because it is conceivably highly dependent on the respective disk speeds. But I am thinking that there is a speed cap that is specific to USB 2.0 that would ...
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External hard drive not connecting USB

I recently bought a Western Digital 1 TB Black hard disk drive (HDD). Upon realizing that I didn't have that extra SATA cable lying around, I put it in my external USB case until I could buy a ...
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USB vs. FireWire for external hard drives

For external hard drives in this question, I'm referring to traditional HDDs; the kind with spinning metal inside of them (no RAM or flash-based super-high-performance hardware): Is there a ...
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What is the best way to keep a folder synchronized with my USB drive?

I know there is a similar topic on syncing between computers, but I'm looking for an application to run on one computer that will sync a "document/file" folder with a folder on my secondary/external ...
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Why does my computer slow down so much when attaching Bluetooth dongle?

I have a Bluetooth dongle and I plugged it into my work laptop (a Dell Latitude D830). Windows detects the Generic Bluetooth USB or similar and then proceeds to go incredibly slow with a process, ...
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2.0 speeds on USB hub?

How capable are USB hubs? I have an AirPort Extreme router with a printer attached (it's not powered by USB). I want to extend this and add two hard drives (one for Time Machine and the other for ...
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USB/Sound issues = ground loop?

I've got a few strange symptoms on a machine I built: The machine won't boot (sometimes) with certain USB thumb drives plugged into USB ports; disconnecting the front panel USB/firewire/audio seems ...
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How to automount an Android phone as USB mass storage?

When connecting my Android device to a PC, it prompts to mount it as USB mass storage. Is there a way to force it to auto-mount?
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AppleTV and USB Drives

I'm looking into buying an AppleTV and I can't tell from the documentation on Apple's site if it supports storing/reading movies from an attached USB Drive. A part of me thinks that they wouldn't ...
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USB keyboard occasionally needs change of USB port

A colleague has a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard which is a couple of years old, and every few days when the PC is turned on, it doesn't accept any input from the keyboard. The solution is to switch to ...
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What tools do you carry on your usb stick? [closed]

What tools do you normally carry with you on your usb stick ? Like your favourite text editor, which you've got accustomed to; windows explorer replacement, maybe your personal wiki ? What else ?
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External disk not working with Mac OS X 10.5

my OS is 10.5.7. I have an external hard disk, formatted as mac os extended (journaled), connect to my mac machine through USB cable. I have used it for a while, but now it not working. error ...
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802.11g USB wireless adapter with Linux AP support

Are there any USB wireless adapters out there that support 802.11g in AP mode under Linux? Binary drivers are a no-go, as I plan to use it with an ARM device. Support for WPA would be very desirable ...
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Use Windows Briefcase from the command line

I have a thumb drive on which I take many of my files with me. I would like to synchronize it with my computer automatically when I connect it. I currently have a script run every time I connect it so ...
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Connecting a MIDI Controller to CentOS5

Edit: I'm trying a different tack at the problem, by using /dev/midi with C. Hello all! I recently got a Akai MPD24 MIDI controller, as part of a piece of software I'm writing. I'm looking to use the ...
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Belkin Bluetooth and Wireless USB Adapter

I have a Windows XP (SP3) machine with a Belkin F8T012 USB adapter plugged into it. I also have a Belkin F8T031 Wireless USB Printer Adapter with an HP 5900 DeskJet plugged into it. Everytime I try ...
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How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk?

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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USB Wi-Fi adapter doesn’t wakeup on Windows Vista

I'm using the Linksys WUSB300N USB Wi-Fi adapter under Windows Vista Home Premium x64. The problem is it doesn't wakeup when computer goes out of standby. It's really annoying. I have 1.0.3.2 ...
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Is there some way to connect two computers using USB?

USB is a popular standard and I was wondering whether there is some way to connect two or more computers using USB ports rather than the Ethernet ports.
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Laptop wakes up when I unplug/power off any usb devices

I am wondering if there is a way to change this functonality in windows - everytime an external usb device powers off or if I unplug it, my laptop wakes up from sleep, which is really annoying. This ...
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Booting Linux off USB pendrives

Booting a Linux system off USB Pendrives is one of my favorite things. On a laptop we have the following advantages, The Harddisk can be shutdown and that reduces power consumption (hdparm) The ...
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Why does unplugging my thumb drive result in a blue screen?

When I unplug my thumb drive, Windows XP Pro almost immediately BSODs. How can I stop this? It happens whether I use "safely remove" or not, and will happen with other USB drives as well.
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How do I configure a USB modem to connect to the internet like you can do in linux?

How can I configure windows to use a USB modem like I can do it on linux (http://forumz.in/1799-how-use-reliance-broadband-netconnect-ubuntu-linux/) I need to bypass the std dialer software provided ...
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How to boot from a USB device using an ISO image

I want to re-install Windows XP on my laptop. I have the ISO image for Windows XP. How can I boot from a USB device using simply my ISO image of Windows XP? My laptop is an IBM T42. If you are ...
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Nokia E71 - USB mode and Linux and Python

I just got a Nokia E71, and a friend installed Python on it - which ought to be uber-cool. But here's what's driving me mad at present : I plug in the USB cable to connect to my Linux laptop. It ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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How can I use a wireless keyboard/mouse combo with a PS/2 KVM?

I purchased a wireless Logitech Wave mouse/keyboard combo and want to use it with my old PS2 KVM. I've seen a few converters out there that might work, but the problem is they connect one USB-> one ...
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How do I figure out which /dev is a USB flash drive?

I want to mount a USB drive, two of them and I need two different mount points. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel underwent a name change and I can't figure out which /dev location is the right one. Is ...