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external USB hub

by nunt / February 13, 2006 7:36 AM PST

I've just bought a USB 4-port hub. My computer recognised it and installed it, and my memory pen works fine plugged into it, as does my graphics tablet.
however when I plug my MP3 player in, it recognises it, and it comes up in My Computer, but when I open it it appears to be empty, and the software for it doesn't recognise it either. My camera does exactly the same thing, yet they both work when they are plugged directly into the computer. Also, when my broadband modem is plugged into it, the little light in my system try turns from red to orange, but won't go to green.
can anyone offer any help on this? I'd appreciate it.
I don't have high speed USB ports, but the hub says it works on both high and low speeds.

OS: windows XP Home SP1
processor: 1GHz AMD duron
RAM: 480MB

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Does the hub draw....
by Michael Geist / February 13, 2006 9:43 AM PST
In reply to: external USB hub

it's power from an external source or the port it plugs into? Some USB devices will exceed the power supplied at the port.

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USB hub
by nunt / February 14, 2006 4:18 AM PST
In reply to: Does the hub draw....

The hub draws power from the USB port, but the MP3 has to be plugged into the mains when it's connected, so it doesn't need to draw power from the hub. As far as I know the camera doesn't either because it eats batteries when it's plugged in, not sure about the modem.

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