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Personal logo The Editor The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Sep 2011 4:51 p.m. PST

I always have trouble getting USB hubs to work. I finally got one to work, but it went missing in my move…

Running Windows XP2, service pack 3. Has Intel driver for USB2.0.

…so I picked up a new USB2.0 hub, four ports, seems foolproof, right? Plug it into a USB slot, plug other stuff into it…

When I plug in a back-up device, the power light comes on, but the device doesn't activate (like it would if I plugged it in directly to one of the main USB ports).

When I plug in a portable hand-held scanner, the scanner detects that it's plugged in (it says 'USB' on its little screen), but my computer doesn't detect the device. Although, strangely, this finally causes the computer to detect the hub itself, and give me a cryptic message about moving it to a different USB slot for a higher rate.

Advice, anyone?

Regrebnelle04 Sep 2011 4:59 p.m. PST

Keep looking for the one that worked?!?

The G Dog Fezian04 Sep 2011 6:56 p.m. PST

Is the port also a 2.0 connection? When I do 2.0 devices into a non-2.0 port I get issues.

average joe Inactive Member04 Sep 2011 7:16 p.m. PST

Does the hub have its own power or does it draw power from the computer's USB port? I find that self-powered hubs are much more reliable than those that draw power from the computer.

Also, much depends on the computer's built-in USB hub. A lot of times, it makes sense to get a 4 port PCI card to install devices that need good connectivity. This will run independently of the built-in hub and the devices won't have to compete for bandwidth.

Personal logo The Editor The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Sep 2011 8:20 p.m. PST

Keep looking for the one that worked?!?

I went and looked again. Still no luck…

Is the port also a 2.0 connection?

I don't think this machine is old enough to have pre-2.0 ports, but I'm not sure how I could visually tell.

Does the hub have its own power or does it draw power from the computer's USB port? I find that self-powered hubs are much more reliable than those that draw power from the computer.

This hub does not have its own power. (The hub that worked had optional power, and worked well whether I powered it or not!)

A lot of times, it makes sense to get a 4 port PCI card to install devices that need good connectivity.

Wonder how cheap I can get one of those… money

Micman Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2011 9:54 p.m. PST

Bill, look on newegg for one. Should be able to find on around $30. USD Mind you it has been a couple years since bought mine. You might want to look at the new 3.0 if you are planning on keeping this system for a few more years.

You should always get a powered UPB hub if possible. While you are supposed to be able to connect 125 devices to a port(I think it is per pair of ports)there is never enough power to run USB powered devices.

If you hard drive is USB powered it is no wonder it did not work.

average joe Inactive Member04 Sep 2011 10:09 p.m. PST

Shopping Results for USB 2.0 PCI card:

link

If you have any PCIe slots and a SATA power connection free, here are the results for a USB 3.0 card:

link

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2011 6:35 a.m. PST

The cryptic comment about moving to another port suggests it could be a USB1 port. Have you tried plugging it in then rebooting the computer? I know that USB devices are supposed to be detected hot, but doesn't always work that way.

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2011 6:43 a.m. PST

I had a lot of problems with USB hubs until I bought a powered one (i.e., it plugs into the mains) and that has worked perfectly with everything I've needed to plug into it since, from my mouse to an external hard disk which has never worked with the comoputer's own USB ports or with my previous (non-powered) USB hubs.

I really recommend the powered hub (mine's a Targus, but I believe the Belkin ones are good, too).

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2011 4:10 p.m. PST

I had a brand new computer with a dual core chip and all but one USB port was 1.0 (go figure why?)

USB cards are cheap and easy to put in. have had this one in the last two computers.

pphalen Inactive Member05 Sep 2011 5:23 p.m. PST

A lot of times, it makes sense to get a 4 port PCI card to install devices that need good connectivity

This would be my recommendation. I burned through a bunch of hubs before breaking down and installing one of these…

Personal logo The Editor The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2011 8:54 p.m. PST

Thanks, everyone!

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