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Can I use a DSL USB cable for a camera?

by LDGagne / June 15, 2007 1:11 AM PDT

Hi, my cousin just signed up for Verizon DSL. It has a USB cable but he doesn't need it. Can that USB cable be used for a digital camera to load pictures onto the computer?
I had read somewhere once that some kind kind of a cable couldn't be used even though it fit the connection & if it was it would "fry"? Tried finding that article but of course I can't and I can't recall what kind of a cable the article was discussing. Thanks, Larry

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Not a XP issue but...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 1:33 AM PDT

I've never heard that about USB cables. Outside of USB 1.1 cables that you should never use on USB 2.0 devices there is no issue about wiring in these cables.


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Likely not...
by John.Wilkinson / June 15, 2007 3:36 AM PDT

I too have never heard that about USB cables, but it still likely won't work. Why? Digital cameras and other handheld devices usually use Mini-USB as opposed to the full USB jack in order to minimize the size of the device. You may get lucky, but I wouldn't let the USB cable that came with the camera wander too far away.


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If the cable fits...
by jackson dougless / June 15, 2007 4:36 AM PDT

USB cables are pretty universal, so if the cable fits into the port on the camera, it will PROBABLY work. Of course cameras tend to use a special "mini" plug, and DSL modems often use the A/B cable like printers.

In any case, you're unlikely to damage anything by trying, so if the DSL modem uses one of those "mini" plugs for some strange reason, go ahead and try.

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