Devices that use the Universal Serial Bus data interface

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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 ...
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Time Machine: disk was not ejected properly

I have an external hard drive (Verbatim #47576) setup as a Time Machine drive. Everyday, at random intervals, the computer warns me that the disk was not ejected properly. Why? How to prevent that? ...
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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Snow Leopard cannot find my LaCie Network Space 2 when it's connected through USB.

I have a LaCie Network Space 2 (and I wish I had bought a WD instead) which is connected to my iMac with USB. I have used it before through LAN, but I've moved my Mac to another room and now I ...
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Error 'USBDeviceOpen failed' only with my user account when using PowerMate USB Controller. OK with fresh account

I have a PowerMate USB controller from Griffin: it works, but using my normal user account I can't control the light settings. With a fresh new account, everything works as expected. How can I find ...
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What is the most reliable ATSC TV tuner for use with OSX?

I'm looking for an OTA (over the air, eg. no cable) ATSC USB tuner to use with a Macbook. There appear to be a few options, all of which seem to have ugly hardware and buggy software. Does anyone have ...
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MXL USB Mic on an iPad 2?

I am considering getting an iPad 2 because of the support for inputting an electric guitar in via an Apogee JAM device. However, part of my bigger picture is to take an MXL .009 USB Condensor Mic into ...
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Did my girlfriend delete her USB disk?

My girlfriend says she dragged the USB disk from the sidebar in finder into trash and I have since emptied the trash. Is this plausible? How do I show/display a USB drive using the command line or ...
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Best, or best supported, USB-Serial adaptor for OSX

I have various devices to connect to my iMac using good-old RS-232. Of course, I only have USB connectors on my machine. I have a couple of Prolific PL2303-based cables, and they seem to work OK, ...
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Can I use my iPhone charger for charging other USB based devices?

Is it OK to use my iPhone charger for charging other USB powered devices like the Kindle or a digital camera (with a rechargeable battery)? Can it cause any damage to the charger or to the device ...
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MacBook Pro USB Ports Not working

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009 computer. Connecting my usb flash stick doesn't do anything, I tried both ports but not working. I tried connecting an iPad, the iPad charges but it doesn't open show in ...
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Why can my Mac charge my iPad but other computers can't?

What do Macs do differently so its USB ports can charge my iPad, but if I plug into a USB port on my PC I get the "not charging" message?
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Why are USB devices drawing power, but not being recognized by the OS?

I have an issue with the USB ports on my Macbook Pro. When I plug a device in, the device draws the power, but nothing else happen. This is what I know about this problem: 1- USB Prober can see the ...
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Why doesn't iTunes detect my iPhone?

When I connect my iPhone 3GS to my computer, iTunes does not detect it. The phone displays the green battery meter indicating it's charging, System Profiler detects an "iPhone" connected to the USB ...
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Looking for USB-over-ethernet solution

I'm doing development with the Windows phones, but I'd really like to ditch my Windows box. I have access to a virtual Windows installation in the cloud, but I need to be able to deploy to, and debug ...
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Can I control the music player on my iPhone from a PC?

Is there any app (or otherwise) that allows me to select audio tracks to play, or even just skip to the next track on my iPhone 4 via a PC connected to the iPhone by USB?
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Enabling Time Machine for a USB HDD with NTFS

When I've plugged in my USB HDD (WD Passort Elite) for the first time, the system had asked me whether I want to use this HDD as time machine drive. I've chosen smth like 'decide later' and continued ...
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Windows 7 Bootcamp not recognising devices

Has anybody encountered a problem with the USB driver when running Windows 7 on MacBook Pro 2010 (MC371)? It doesn't recognize any USB drives or USB hard drives. I've tried both Windows Update and ...