external USB box only works with supplied cable.

Discussion in 'Computing' started by pedro, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. pedro

    pedro Guest

    I've got one of those external USB boxes for holding hard disks, cdroms,
    etc., but it will only work with the supplied cable, which is a bit
    short, as I wanted to position it further away from the computer. But
    with EVERY other usb cable that I tried, the computer wouldn't recognize
    it, and I tried both USB1 and USB2 cables. So I thought that perhaps the
    length was critical. Went to the local computer shop, and they suggested
    an extension lead, but they only had a 2 metre USB1 one. However,
    surprisingly it worked with this. So the length was not critical, and
    neither did the cable have to be usb2. So somehow the original cable,
    although it looks just like any other usb cable, must be different
    somehow. Anyone else have this experience/problem? Also I never noticed
    any difference in speed by using the usb1 extension either. (???)
    pedro, Jul 8, 2004
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    eltan Guest

    I found out that external USB boxes will not work with WinXP SP1 or later,
    so it may not be the cable.
    eltan, Jul 8, 2004
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  3. **I've used 3 different USB external boxes, a couple of cameras and two
    different card readers, a couple of hubs (USB 1.1 and USB 2.0), a radio
    mouse with three WIN XP Pro boxes and one XP Home box. Never had a problem.

    I don't think WIN XP is the problem.
    Trevor Wilson, Jul 9, 2004
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    pedro Guest

    No XP is not the problem. But I'd like to know what is. I find it hard
    to believe that this is some kind of 'special' usb lead, but there seems
    to be no other logical explanation.
    pedro, Jul 9, 2004
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    Ernest Guest

    Sounds like the box has its own wiring set up at the box end of the
    cable and it is different to the generic set up.

    Deadly Ernest


    (my new keyboard, with small keys,
    accepts full responsibility for all
    typographical and spelling errors)
    Ernest, Jul 9, 2004
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    Luke Guest

    Never had a problem with my 2.5" USB2 box on about 3 or 4 XP systems with or
    without SP1....
    Luke, Jul 9, 2004
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    eltan Guest

    Are WinXP pro & home boxes installed with service packs 1 or higher and with
    VIA chipset?
    eltan, Jul 9, 2004
  8. pedro

    eltan Guest

    does your xp sestems have VIA chipset, & VIA chipset driver is installed?
    eltan, Jul 9, 2004
  9. **Yep. I don't know what chipset the laptop uses. Two of the desk top PCs
    use Via chipsets. I'm not sure about the most recent one (the XP Home box).
    Trevor Wilson, Jul 9, 2004
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    Geoffwin Guest

    have a quick look here, has helped me a bit, had an older MB with a SIS
    chipset could not get to work at all, worked automatically on just about
    everything else I plugged it into...


    Geoffwin, Jul 10, 2004
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    eltan Guest

    When I installed the VIA chipset driver (ie 4-in-1 VIA driver), the USB box
    doesn't work anymore.
    eltan, Jul 11, 2004
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