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USB ports going loose.....?...

by vikrant1982 / July 13, 2011 5:58 PM PDT

Hi, I have a 2 months old USB modem which i use to connect to internet. I have an HP netbook(1 month old) and a Samsung laptop(2 months old) on which i use the USB modem.

Now this USB modem Huawei EC150 has an issue, it fits a bit tightely in the USB ports and takes a little extra effort to plug it in. After two months of usage it has loosened up the USB ports on both of my new laptops. Now the USB modem plugs in easily on both the machines but the ports have become bit too loose for other devices.

Now i am wondering if this will eventually cause the USB ports to become too loose and cause other devices to dangle too much and cause loose connections to the computer.

As of now this is not too much of an issue cause i have not had loose connections with other devices except for an old pen drive.

If this can be an issue in future, is there an easy way to fix this? Or will i have to just visit the service centres to get the ports replaced. I read on some forum that we can bend the small clips or notches (whatever you would call them) inside the USB connectors on laptops to make them tighter again.

I suppose its the USB modem that is the culprit here, have never had such an issue with any USB device on my old desktop that i don't have with me now..

Please help........... ....

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What i should do.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 13, 2011 6:02 PM PDT

Buy a simple non-powered USB-hub. Use one and the same of the 4 connectors for this modem. Use the other 3 for 'normal' USB-connectors.


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Got a USB cable with the modem.......
by vikrant1982 / July 14, 2011 4:20 PM PDT
In reply to: What i should do.

Thanks for the reply Kees. Yesterday i just figured out that i also got a USB cable in the modem packaging which happens to just fit fine in the USB ports. From now onwards I'll be using it to connect the modem.

But is there anything i can do to tighten up the USB port that has already gone loose?

Yesterday i peeped inside the port using a torch and discovered that the small metal snugs which keep the USB plugs in place have just moved a bit far away from the plastic tongue inside the USB port, creating a gap which is larger than the other ports which are still intact.

As of now i haven't tried twisting the snugs to decrease the gaps as i would need a small precision screw driver to do that.

Please let me know your thoughts about this.

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On laptops, pricey and dangerous.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 15, 2011 1:29 AM PDT

While a great tech can replace the port that's expensive.
It goes beyond pricey if the tech fails!

The screw driver is IN MY OPINION your choice and I would only do that as a last resort since it would be temporary.

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So far the port looks fine.
by vikrant1982 / July 15, 2011 2:29 AM PDT

Well, i think as of now the problem isn't as big as it sounds. In the past one day, I have tried a couple of devices in the loose port, some of them fitting in loose and some of them fitting fine but there are no disconnections. It feels more or less like a port used for around a year or so and as far as my experience goes, i think the other ports will become just as loose as this one after some more usage. And since one year old ports wouldn't just seize to work, my intution is that this one would just keep working fine unless i keep pluging in something as silly as that modem directly into that port.

I wouldn't try to fix anything as of now and if i get a problem in future, i will see HP service centre.

Anyways, thanks a lot for your replies and help........

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by Ishantgupta / July 31, 2011 10:19 PM PDT

First ask to the company where you purchased it and than replace if you don't get any favorable answer than you should purchase a USB hub.

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