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help with usb ports on computer

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so i buy this polaroid photokeeper digital storage device from QVC to store my photos. i plug it into my 7 year computer and a message pops up that i need a HIGH SPEED USB 2.0 PORT. i don't have these on my computer...so now what do i do?
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The message was probably that the device would work better with a hi speed port, but if you don't have one, the device should still work at a slower transfer rate. What was the exact message?

If it's a desktop computer with an available pci slot, you can add a usb 2.0 controller if you really want to.

If your computer is really seven years old, consider getting a new one rather than spending any money on upgrading it.

-David
 

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To add to what David said, you can also try different USB ports on your PC. Ports in the front may be operating at a different speed than ports on the back of the case. If it's seven years old, though, it may not have USB 2.0 even available. 2.0 came out in 2000, but there's no telling what speeds your PC has. I agree - replacing it is smarter than trying to upgrade it.

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[triennial - points]
Short On U. S. B. Gzinches -- Got A Cheater That Adds 4 More Gzinches.

Lots of stuff plugs into the USB gzinches on the back of our outstanding Mac Mini -- the keyboard, the mouse, the printer, & I don't know what all. So many items are plugged in back there that there's only 1 USB gzinch left for connecting all the various other accessories that occasionally attach to the Mac Mini via USB -- e.g., TomTom GPS, digital camera, etc.

Before today, all I could do was reach back & plug out whatever was plugged in via the 1 spare gzinch & plug in any accessory I needed to use (e.g., camera, TomTom, etc.). Doing that is semi-tricky because all the UBS gzinches are in back & it's not easy to turn the Mac Mini around because of all the stuff that's permanently connected in back.

As of today, we have USB gzinches to spare. My son the computer scientist fixed me up with an outsanding 4-port USB 2.0 hub. It has a little wire that connects to the 1 & only spare USB gzinch in back of the Mac Mini. Dangling from that inch-long wire is a little strip containing four -- 4 -- more oblong USB gzinches side by side.

Now we have enough gzinches for everything we've got that's USB, including a new digital camera that sits on top of the computer monitor so we can have "picture phone" conversations with our grandson via iChat.

The only caution we got was to take care not to connect too many items that draw power via UBS. With too many of those going simultaneously, we were told, it's possible to burn up the 4-gzinch strip.

Far as I can tell, the only thing we connect via USB that draws power is the TomTom GPS unit, which recharges its battery by USB connection to the Mac Mini. The other USB things, mainly cameras, just transmit bits & bytes via USB, so when we download pictures we don't need to worry about burning up the gzinch-strip.

Gzinch, BTW, is a pseudo-technical term I heard at Radio Shack 1 time & immediately adopted because of its total appropriateness. A customer in line ahead of me wanted to buy something he could use with his stereo amplifier/receiver that would allow him to connect his new CD player, because with all his other stuff connected (turntable, cassette deck, etc.), he said he didn't have any gzinches for the CD player unless he disconnected something else.

The Radio Shack guy said the customer needed to add a Cables To Go 28731 Digital A/V Source Explorer Switch (or something like it) that has gzinches galore -- only he didn't call'm gzinches. (That was the customer's word -- & a good 1 it is.)

So now around here we use gzinch to refer not just to audio/video connection terminals like that, but to connection terminals generally, including click-in telephone terminals, USB terminals, & I don't know what-all.

Idle Question: Do you suppose the home computers over in England & Scotland have UKB gzinches in back instead of USB gzinches like we have here in the USA ?

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 
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