Devices that use the Universal Serial Bus data interface

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Can the Apple 10W USB charger be used with a 7-port USB hub to charge iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and other devices at the same time when traveling?

When traveling, I probably will have the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, a USB backup charger, and some misc devices such as a Kindle Fire and a Sony digital camera that uses USB to charge its battery. So instead ...
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Can I use regular mouse with my MacBook Pro 2011 using Mac OS Lion?

I saw one of my friends using a regular A4Tech OP-620D USB mouse with a MacBook Pro 2010 and Mac OS 10.6.7. I tried to use a local brand USB mouse on my machine but it didn't work. It showed ...
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Ubuntu Disk isn't showing up at Boot

I recently installed ubuntu on a flash drive, following all of the instructions on the ubuntu website. When I started up my mac, it didn't appear in the boot menu. Has this happened to anyone else ...
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Booting an Intel Mac to Linux from a U3 USB drive

Is it possible to boot an Intel Mac to Linux, or any non-OS X operating system, from the U3 partition of a USB drive? I know that because OS X uses EFI rather than BIOS for the boot process, the only ...
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USB thumbdrive plugged into Macbook Pro which instantly goes black, bricked?

New 2011 Macbook Pro 8,3 less then three months old, this is my first ever Apple product. I have an old USB thumbdrive I couldn't remember what was on it so I plugged it into the USB port nearest the ...
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How to enable USB tethering on your Android phone to Mac OS X Lion

I want to tether an unlimited data plan on a Nexus S (with Android 2.3.6) via USB cable to a MacBook Air (with OS X Lion). Both on Windows and Ubuntu, it works like a charm, so I'm wondering if ...
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Constant external disk activity when MacBook is in sleep state

I am using an external 2.5" hard drive (the original MacBook HD, which has been replaced by an SSD) in an Icy Box USB3 enclosure on my MacBook (running OSX Lion). When the MacBook goes to sleep, the ...
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Is my USB drive broken, or is it my MacBook?

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 108, which is recognized by any computer I plug it into. When I try copying files to it on my MacBook, it is sometimes suddenly ejected. I've had the same problem ...
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How to import contacts from Samsung E1170?

I have a Samsung E1170 mobile phone and a USB datacable for it. How can I import/copy the contacts from the phone to my computer? Is there any application for Mac which can do that? If not, how can ...
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Is there any way for me to use the original Mac Plus or Mac 128k mouse with a modern Macbook Pro?

I gather the original Macs used a serial port for the mouse with a RS-422 DE-9 connector. Totally nonstandard today. But surely, at some point some company (Apple?) must have made an adapter to use ...
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Caps lock + letters A to l not working on mac USB keyboard

I am on the verge on snapping my brand new 27" iMacs keyboard. It's the latest USB model. I can't even login to my system because my password contains the letters I have said are not working. All was ...
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USB port not functioning on a user account, works on another

This is a 15" MacBook Pro (Early 2011 model). In one user account, only a single USB port works. When logging into another user account, both USB ports work. What could be causing this? What would ...
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Is the Lion USB drive purchased from Apple bootable?

I am helping my in-laws install Lion this weekend. They have purchased the Lion USB upgrade, but are only running Tiger on their Mac. Is the Lion USB bootable so I can do a clean install rather than ...
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Create Windows 7 installation disk option

I am currently running Lion on my late 2010 Macbook Air. The new bootcamp has an option to create windows 7 installation disk from usb and iso. I have both but bootcamp won't let me select that ...
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Is there a way to control USB audio device settings from the iPad?

It's possible to use the iPad as a USB host and connect up class-compliant USB audio interfaces through the Camera Connection Kit. But is there a way to adjust their settings in iOS? There is in OS ...
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How can I fix the “pops, cracks and hissing” sounds from iPhone audio played on Ford Sync over USB?

When I stream audio from my iPhone 4 into my Ford Sync audio system over bluetooth, the audio quality is excellent. However, if I plug in a USB cable to get access to the hands-free features, then the ...
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How can i burn a Windows 7 USB to an ISO?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a USB onto a bootcamp partition. No working :( So, I thought I might try and burn the bootable win 7 usb to a dvd or ISO (and then burn that ISO to disk). How ...
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Creating a wifi hotspot on OSX with a connected USB wifi adapter instead of airport (OSX Lion)

I am using a USB wifi adapter on my Lion imac. I am trying to use that connection to create a working wifi hot spot with the imac's internal airport. I tried following these instructions: ...
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Do Macs care which USB socket you plug devices into?

Windows never likes when you stick things into different (USB) holes. It has to recognise the thing again, install drivers, again, etc. Is that the case with Mac? Eg. I keep Time Machine on a USB ...
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Installing Lion from custom DIY DVD or USB fails

After upgrading to Lion my computer is really slow. Chrome-takes-a-minute-to-open-a-tab slow. I decided to do a clean Lion install and copy all my stuff to see if that fixes it, so I got a new hard ...
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Native RNDIS USB tethering support for OSX

Android phones can be USB tethered via RNDIS protocol on Windows and Linux. As far as I understood Apple does not provide RNDIS driver for OSX. Are there RNDIS drivers for OSX by third party (Android ...
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Do I have to use the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter for a MacBook Air?

Or can I use a third party one that is half the price? If there will be compatibility issues then I would prefer the Apple, but if it's just the same (like not needing to buy a SuperDrive any USB DVD ...
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USB 3 via ExpressCard/34 on a thunderbolt with parallels desktop

Can I use an extenal windows formatted USB3 harddisk on my mac connected via thunderbolt on the future Sonnet Echo-Expresscard/34-Thunderbolt-Adapter? It's clear I can use UBS3 HDs for Mac, but how ...
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Pen drive does not show on mac on attaching but show error on removal?

My problem is that when I attach my pen drive to any of the ports on my Mac, it won't show up on my Mac, but when I remove the pen drive, it shows the error, "The disk was not ejected properly. If ...
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How do you create an archive file which unarchives into the current folder?

At the moment, if I create a TAR or ZIP file foo.tar - containing multiple files and directories - when I double click on the archive it creates a folder foo containing all of the archived items. Is ...
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Why does the name of my flash drive change whenever I demount, then remount it?

I have a LaCie key (iamakey). When I change the drive's name to "LaCie" then dismount and remount it, it's name changes to "LACIE" I'm trying to figure out why it won't stay named as "LaCie" Any ...
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Official apple Lion USB Thumb Drive licensing

I own two macs, one running Snow Leopard and one running Leopard. My partner also has a mac running leopard. I am planing to upgrade all three to Lion and am looking at the Official Lion USB Thumb ...
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Make external optical drive appear identical to internal SuperDrive?

Is there a way to make a external optical drive appear to applications as though it were an internal SuperDrive? I am using the optical drive bay in my MacBook Pro for a secondary hard drive, and I ...
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How to make my iMac recognize my USB external hard drive?

I just bought a new Seagate hard drive for Time Machine backups. I plugged it into my iMac and the hard drive never showed up in Finder. The drive does not appear in Disk Utility and the command ...
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Is it possible to use Linux USB drivers on Mac OS X?

I have a USB device that I use on a daily basis and it has Linux and Windows drivers. I would like to use this device in Mac OS X (meaning not through a VM). Is it possible? edit System requirements ...
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USB Lion Recovery Disk fails to boot

Per What's the best way to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?, I'm attempting to create a two-partition thumbdrive such that one of the partitions is the Recovery Disk created by ...
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What's a reliable method to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?

I'm seeing a lot of questions with all sorts of steps to burn a DVD or create a USB disk so you can boot your Mac with Lion if the internal drive is replaced. Is there a definitive set of steps that ...
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How to create a Windows 7 installation USB from OS X?

I'm trying to create a Windows 7 installation USB (for use on a PC) from OS X. I've tried following these instructions from a similar question on superuser: Insert the USB flash drive and run the ...
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Mac Pro: Any way to recognize a bootable USB on startup?

I have a Mac Pro 2,1 2x6-Core Xeon@2.66 GHz and am trying to boot from several ISO images written to USB sticks. I have tried the dd-based methods as recommended by Ubuntu, with no luck. In every case ...
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Can I charge an iPhone with another device's USB charger?

I have a USB car charger from TomTom. Can I use it to charge my iPhone 4, or will that damage my phone?
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How do I speed up a USB external hard drive?

I am using an external USB drive for video. Is it possible to increase the speed of the drive to make rendering/copying/, etc., faster? When I have a couple of applications writing to the drive, and I ...
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How can I use LaCie USB Key “Private Volumes” with 10.6.8/10.7?

Today I purchased a LaCie iamaKey v2. When I first ran the included 'La-Private' software, it urged me to install MacFUSE, so I did. After going through the steps, I tried to open my Private Volume, ...
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Create bootable USB drive from Linux ISO

I'd like to take a Linux ISO (e.g., CentOS, Ubuntu), and create a bootable USB drive. (It will be used for booting on a stock PC, not on the Mac). How do I go about creating such a drive using a Mac?
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Why can't some of my machines boot to my Lion install USB drive?

I purchased and downloaded Lion yesterday. As always when there's a major release, I like to keep things clean as I have a huge tendency to fiddle with the system once installed and that might render ...
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Why doesn't anything happen when I connect my Nexus S to a MacBook Pro 2010 using a USB cable?

I've tried to connect a Nexus S to a MBP 2010 via USB. After connection, the Mac does not respond. Anybody know why? I have tried it with a powered USB hub and get the same result: No responses for ...
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Umount Gamepad under Mac OS X

I can plug in my gamepad controller and usb probe shows me, that it is recognized. I want to umount it, so that I can use it under the Virtualbox. Where does Mac mount USB devices such as a gamepad. ...
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Why might a MacBook not detect an Apple A1152 Mighty Mouse?

It seemed that the USB connection was OK. Is there any way to solve this problem?
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Why do external hard drives run so hot while mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro?

When my external drives are mounted and idle on a Macbook Pro, they run hot. Why? I do not have the same experience with NTFS volumes on my Windows box, where's the difference in idle disk usage? ...
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USB Stereo Microphone for iPad?

What are working stereo USB microphone options for the iPad? It needs to be usable as an audio input into recorder apps? Presumably plugged into the iPad through the USB camera connection adapter.
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How to monitor USB power consumption?

I'm looking for a way to monitor the power being drawn from the USB ports on my Mac. System Profiler doesn't appear to display this and I haven't been able to find any applications or tools to do the ...
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How to get started with interfacing USB devices to iPad?

The iPad would be the perfect handheld device for controlling some USB devices. I would like to get started with programming iPad applications which would communicate with USB devices. I guess I ...
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Is there a utility that copies the pictures I have in my digital still camera in a directory?

I sometimes need to copy the pictures I have in my digital camera in a directory of my Mac. Is there a simple utility that copies the pictures automatically, once I plugged in the digital camera in ...
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External USB hub for 4 external hard drives

I have a macbook pro. And like all macs, there is never enough ports. I've been searching and searching to find a USB hub that power 3 external USB hard drives. Any advice?
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Are any of the USB ports on a Macbook Pro “always on”

Always on USB ports will provide power to a device even when the laptop is shut down. Obviously this can be problematic for battery issues, but sometimes a user wants this capability all things ...
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Can using a non Apple USB cable damage an iPhone?

If I use a generic/aftermarket iPhone USB cable instead of the official Apple product, can it damage the iPhone? A vendor at the mall said that high quality iPhone USB cables have a chip that ...