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USB switch with female input and at least two male outputs.

by Vic2point0 / July 13, 2013 1:39 AM PDT

I need to connect a USB device to both a laptop and a TV and be able to switch between the laptop and TV as needed. Long story as to why but I'll be switching back and forth often, and I don't feel right about constantly unplugging the USB cable from the laptop and plugging it back in again.

I've looked online for something like this but couldn't find anything at all. Does such a thing exists?

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Too bad all was not told but here's one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2013 1:45 AM PDT
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Thanks for the reply.
by Vic2point0 / July 13, 2013 4:25 AM PDT

Do you think this would work both ways, or does the back of the box have to be for input and the front for output? My apologies if this is a "dumb" question, I'm just trying to be thorough.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2013 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the reply.

But the details are not here. I can't tell what is being attached to where so I fear that no answer is possible.

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PS. Why it matters.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2013 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

Let's say this is some HDD and well, that can be a big issue if you don't gracefully eject the HDD or ask Windows to unplug, etc.) and you hit that switch. It's not such a big deal for many TVs since they don't write to the drive.

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I gotcha.
by Vic2point0 / July 13, 2013 6:23 AM PDT
In reply to: PS. Why it matters.

I'll give you any details you think are relevant. Here are my computer's specs:

I have a HP 2000 Notebook PC (2000-2c29WM)
- AMD Dual-Core Processor E2-1800 (1.7 GHz)
- 500 GB Hard Drive
- Windows 8

I have an HDTV with all kinds of ports, but I couldn't name most of them for you if I tried.

The device is called Elgato Game Capture HD (used to record gameplay from the XBox 360 or PS2). It requires a connection to the consoles/DVD player, the laptop, and the TV all at once for the program to function. But even when I just want to play the game or watch DVDs without recording, the device has to be plugged into either my laptop or TV for power, so the signal can travel through this device to the TV. Naturally, I don't want to leave my laptop on all day just to watch movies or play games I have no intention of recording. But to turn the laptop off means I have to unplug the USB from the laptop and plug it into the TV, and then to record gameplay I have to unplug it from the TV and connect it back to the laptop. I'd rather use a switch if possible because it's quicker and probably also slightly better for the hardware to just press a button instead of all that in and out with the USB ports.

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(NT) Then this should be good to go.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2013 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: I gotcha.
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