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Title: April monthly poll
Post by: Computer Hope Admin on March 31, 2009, 02:28:11 PM
For the month of April we thought it would be interesting to see how many USB devices you have connected to your computer. Feel free to not only mention how many USB devices you have but talk about what each device is, how they're attached to the computers, how many hubs you're using, etc.

All past monthly polls and results can also be found on the Computer Hope poll page (http://www.computerhope.com/polls.htm).
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: JJ 3000 on March 31, 2009, 11:53:10 PM
Right now I have my printer and mouse connected to my computer via usb. I have several usb devices. I have six usb ports on my main computer.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Computer Hope Admin on March 31, 2009, 11:56:32 PM
Nice computer setup JJ 3000 for having six available USB ports.

I'm using a USB hub mainly because my computer is far away from the main system with seven USB peripherals connected to the computer.

Nice profile picture btw.  That's my Cat! :)

Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Carbon Dudeoxide on April 01, 2009, 12:00:26 AM
My Lenovo laptop usually has about 5 or 6 USB devices attached to it.

My Mini has usually 4 or 5.

Cooling Fan
Keyboard
Mouse
External hard drive
2nd cooling fan for lenovo (one on top, one on the bottom ;) )
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 01, 2009, 12:37:55 AM
ATM I have a Intellimouse Explorer 3 in one of my USB 1.1 ports, a Logitech Rumblepad 2, and a USB hub, which ATM is connected to my External hard drive, my printer, my MP3 player cord (so I don't lose it :P) and my Digital camera's cord, leaving 2 free slots that I use for my flash drives as needed. The hub is actually a Hub/Card reader combo.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Calum on April 01, 2009, 02:20:33 AM
I voted 3, but it really depends.
My mouse and keyboard are USB, I also have an internal USB card reader with a USB port, plus two front USB ports connected internally which I didn't count.
Sometimes a printer and one or more flash drives are connected, sometimes my MP3 player, sometimes my phone ... it really depends what I'm doing.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 01, 2009, 06:17:14 AM
I have three, one of which i unplug to take to school, sometimes four when i'm adding some songs or videos to my ipod.

Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: nadav224 on April 01, 2009, 11:11:11 AM
On my desktop: 6 ports, 3 of which are used. (mouse,keyboard,camera)
Laptop: 4 ports, 0 used (guess I don't even need them) :(
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 01, 2009, 11:15:30 AM
I put seven or more, it kind of depends, cause I have alot of machines and dont have like one major one exatly I use a combo of things like four differnt ones, not that I am counting them together but that you know just alot of usb devices.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: darkphobia on April 01, 2009, 01:07:03 PM
My laptop cooling device and mouse are the only things I have plugged in.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 01, 2009, 01:09:50 PM
it just easier to leave the cable to devices connected then its easier to plug them in.  I do a lot of other thing but well......
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: soybean on April 01, 2009, 03:43:35 PM
I voted four, more or less the norm for my main computer, a mid-tower PC.  This consists of an external hard drive, UPS cord, mouse, and printer.  So, the number is higher anytime I use other devices I own (MP3 player, several flash drives, digital camera {directly, or via card reader}, and webcam).  I don't need a hub, since I never need to have so many devices connected at one time that they exceed the number of USB ports on the computer.

With my notebook PC, I use wireless mouse that uses a USB receiver.  Sometimes,  I use a USB keypad with it and, of course, sometimes connect a flash drive.  Actually, the keypad can function as a two-port USB hub but it works at USB 1.0 speed as a hub. 
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: musksnipe on April 01, 2009, 05:09:30 PM
6 devices.  I have a USB mouse, wireless keyboard, printer, external HDD, a flash drive for Ready Boost use, and a USB cable always pugged in for downloading pics from my camera.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: ImnoGuru on April 01, 2009, 06:53:34 PM
I'd like to see ♫♫ ♫♫
Where we would be  ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫       
without our trusty ♪♫♫USB   ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

They make life so simple ~*♪ ♪ for you and me ♫♫  ♪*~♫♫

An external drive   ♫♫♪♪♫♫
A cordless mouse ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
Keyboard Navigator camera and a ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ personal fan
 
,♫♫♪♪♫♫, 
   
Then there is the ♪♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ memory stick
you must agree ♪♫♫♪♪♪  it does the trick  ♪♫♫♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫
♪♫♫♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫     ♪♫♫♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫
and the little led  ♪♫♫♪♪
that makes it all look so slick   ♪*~~*♪

♪♫♫♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫  ♪♫♫♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Carbon Dudeoxide on April 02, 2009, 02:43:40 AM
Interesting....
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 02, 2009, 09:21:16 AM
Don't worry about your serial
parallel is slower then a gourd
just take out your hub
and plug in the cord

We got it all... we got it all, with USB. (you got it all with USB!)


LOL

Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 02, 2009, 11:16:05 AM
When did this become Computer Hope Musical  :D

I wanna use my flash drive♫♫ ♫♫
On my USB♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫
But i have and old comp that limits my speed ♫♫ ♫♫
So i have to buy a card,
That cost money♫♫ ♫♫  from my credit card♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫
Thats all i need *Thats all i need* ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ ♫♫ Yeah!
I have a USB! ♫♫ ♫♫



Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on April 02, 2009, 08:37:49 PM
Your all music wannabees!

I have one USB device. My phone.

Sometimes I plug in my external hard drive or flash drive, but, thats not a terribly often event either.

Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 03, 2009, 06:15:51 AM
Ran through the lyrics and i think it relates to the old pokemon theme  :D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 03, 2009, 08:56:46 AM
mines based on Weird-Al's UHF.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: charcar682 on April 03, 2009, 06:26:54 PM
I have 2 external hard drives, 3 printers, 1 scanner and 1 external CD/DVD burner - all attached via USB.

In addition I have 2 multi-port hubs - 1 four port and 1 seven port which are both powered. Most of the equipment is through the 2 hubs. {You can't have too many USB ports}  :o :o :o

I have an E-machine desk top with 4 USB outlets in rear and 2 in front. It's one year old.

My 20" Dell LCD monitor also has 2 USB ports. I try to keep these for flash drives because they are very accessible.

I have been using USB flash drives for several years. My first one cost about $50 and was all of 128 MB.
I'm not sure you can even buy one that small anymore, as most are 1 GB and up nowadays.   ???
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: ImnoGuru on April 03, 2009, 07:11:41 PM
Not quite macdad- ... good try though.   ;D
Its the Beatles = Yellow submarine. ;)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Clarkcj on April 04, 2009, 12:56:13 PM
I have 6. 2 for the Backup drive one for power and one for getting the information. And 1 for my keyboard and 1 for my mouse  and 1 for the Switch fub. And one for the printer.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 04, 2009, 01:53:58 PM
I have my mouse, a cable that can have my psp or camera connected, and my zune cable (not the zune itself)
Would that count as three or 1
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 04, 2009, 04:59:01 PM
Not quite when I was younger I did watch it however, I stopped.  I think that we should make one at least it be better then that High School Musical, I cant stand it.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 04, 2009, 08:22:51 PM
Not quite when I was younger I did watch it however, I stopped.  I think that we should make one at least it be better then that High School Musical, I cant stand it.

Ditto  :P...back on topic
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Zylstra on April 05, 2009, 12:16:45 AM
Ditto  :P...back on topic
Thats where I was at...
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 05, 2009, 03:28:08 PM
Your all music wannabees!

I have one USB device. My phone.

Sometimes I plug in my external hard drive or flash drive, but, thats not a terribly often event either.



My bad   :D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 06, 2009, 10:59:14 AM
At least there is some one who agrees with me on that issue.  uh know its a big marketing thing uh then its blah musical this and blah blah blah.....
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 06, 2009, 04:50:43 PM
I agree with that as well.

I almost vomit everytime I hear about that "high school musical" thing.

The most ridiculously unrealistic part of that is they all seem to get along. not likely.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 06, 2009, 05:02:22 PM
I agree with that as well.

I almost vomit everytime I hear about that "high school musical" thing.

The most ridiculously unrealistic part of that is they all seem to get along. not likely.

like they throw all the actors into a real high school and then film it.  ;)

it would more or less be a comedy.  :D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: prabhakaran on April 08, 2009, 04:19:50 AM
very intresting
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: DA8686 on April 08, 2009, 10:16:29 AM
I believe I have a usb flash drive, my ipod connector, and a mouse.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 08, 2009, 10:32:07 AM
Depends on the ipod most are connected with a cable of some kind that is usb based.  I concure....  you dont see the behine the scene's like on blues clue's.  recall Steve?  Why do you think he isnt with the show?
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 08, 2009, 12:56:08 PM
Depends on the ipod most are connected with a cable of some kind that is usb based.  I concure....  you dont see the behine the scene's like on blues clue's.  recall Steve?  Why do you think he isnt with the show?

some old Ipods connected by Firewire
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 08, 2009, 12:57:07 PM
I dont have or care for them so I wouldnt really know but my sister has one.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: billkoch on April 08, 2009, 06:34:20 PM
I have 6 USB ports on my computer. All of which are used. Mouse, keyboard, 2 printers, my magicjack, and a hub so I can plug in my thumb drives when necessary ;D. And if I keep getting peripherals I may run out of slots and have to get a bigger hub. But they definitely make life easier.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Broni on April 08, 2009, 07:21:28 PM
It varies here...
All the time: printer, webcam, external HD
From time to time: iPod video, iPod shuffle, Memorex mp3 player, digital camera, couple of flash drives...
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 08, 2009, 07:27:56 PM
I have 3 USB cables hooked up to Broni's machine....long distance.    :P
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Broni on April 08, 2009, 07:29:24 PM
Just got rid of them ;D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 08, 2009, 07:39:59 PM
Darn ! !
That's what i get for being brutally honest.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Broni on April 08, 2009, 07:42:10 PM
However, since it was bi-directional cable, I was able to copy your HD content ;D
There ;D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 08, 2009, 07:47:20 PM
meanwhile, I was using the cable as a disjoint access point to mind meld with both your PCs, whereupon I made a startling discovery that PCs actually don't have minds. So I finally recovered from the amnesia, put down my "learn how to perform a vulcan mind meld in 24 hours" book, and pondered deeply. I was startled at that point to discover that I was still within the realm of the supernatural via my blasphemous direct wireless brain link to the PCs. learning quickly I was able to also mind meld with my PC and transfer several gigabytes of Goat images to your PCs, as well as setup several shares so I may access them through a proxy which I also acquired via  a mental interface.

Oh and btw your PCs were complaining about their rear port itching.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Broni on April 08, 2009, 07:54:04 PM
Rear port is fine, but the front one.....;D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 09, 2009, 06:39:49 AM
Still connected to patio's router  ;D

You hog  :D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BKDC on April 09, 2009, 08:27:46 AM
I only connect to a USB port when needed (e.g., external HDD, a flash drive, dowloading pics form phone,etc.)

PS: I really like the little song by ImnoGuru
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: kaigun on April 09, 2009, 11:00:12 PM
Desktop has 4 ports in the rear, 2 in front. I have an external hard drive, a printer, and the receiver for wireless keyboard and mouse connected. I used to plug my camera cable in but lately I have been using the card reader in the printer.

Laptop has 4 ports, usually have a wireless mouse connected and the ipod when it needs to be charged or synched.     
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 10, 2009, 08:44:05 PM
usally but that can vary the one that I do to move all my data only has two on the back.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 10, 2009, 09:53:06 PM
8 on the back 8)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: savemyPCpls3 on April 10, 2009, 11:40:52 PM
I voted 3; printer, mouse, and wireless adapter. I have 3 ports in front and 2 in rear.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: firetutor on April 11, 2009, 05:50:59 AM
 :DI have 5 connected at the moment, Printer, sub woofer, 500gb external drive, camera, & archos5, I do have another 2 spare and a hub that will give another 4, the more the merrier I say  (| (|
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 11, 2009, 08:34:17 AM
Always connected:
1. Zboard keyboard
2. Raven mouse
3. Webcam
4. Internal card reader (on USB headers)
5. Canon iP3300 Printer
6. HP 1300 Printer/Scanner
7. Logitech joystick
8. USB Hot-swap 3.5" drive bay

Sometimes connected:
1. MP3 player
2. HP Pocket PC
3. Flash drive
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 11, 2009, 09:01:26 AM
How do you like the hot swap drive bay ? ?
I was just looking at those...
Any preference for manuf. ? ?
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 11, 2009, 10:08:44 PM
It's a generic Chinese-made with no brand name on it actually. It doesn't get much use, just when I'm working on hard drives. I might get a nicer SATA cable one since I have an external SATA port now.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 12, 2009, 07:39:27 AM
External SATA ports = hot swappable ? ?
I may just go that route then...i have a spare Seagate SATA 500G.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 12, 2009, 08:55:35 AM
Yep- SATA is a hot-swappable interface.

Obviously not a good idea to hot-swap boot drives, though.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 12, 2009, 09:01:55 AM
Looks like i'm shopping....after Golf.

 8)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 12, 2009, 12:36:51 PM
External SATA ports = hot swappable ? ?
I may just go that route then...i have a spare Seagate SATA 500G.

I guess so. The new hot swap box I'm looking at says it uses an external SATA connection
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 12, 2009, 07:40:10 PM
there not usb though
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 13, 2009, 12:50:15 AM
there not usb though

...?
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 13, 2009, 10:07:45 AM
My motherboard came with this esata thing.  It has to esata ports that you plug into your sata ports on your motherboard.  Patio, I will trade it with you for that 500gb hard drive
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Metal Messiah on April 14, 2009, 05:52:10 AM
Hi there,

I only have 4 USB ports on the PC.  Two have connections, first I have my printer connected and then I have my wireless control for my sound system.  The other two I only use for connecting my external H/D and mp3 player as and when....

Regards,
MM  :)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 14, 2009, 07:23:09 AM
My MBoard has 2 eSATA external connectors onboard so i think i'll pass.
Thanx for the generous offer though.... ::)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 14, 2009, 07:57:49 AM
I don't get it- he can ship cables, but when it comes to simple paper certificates it can't be done...
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 14, 2009, 08:55:21 AM
I don't get it- he can ship cables, but when it comes to simple paper certificates it can't be done...

A puzzle indeed....maybe Broni can use an eSATA addon card....
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 14, 2009, 02:00:01 PM
But what would I get in return for giving him gift cards?
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: karinms on April 15, 2009, 07:13:48 AM
I'm using a laptop with 3 USB ports. They're currently connected to a mouse, an external harddrive and a cooling fan with another USB port for misc. items like thumb-drives, an external floppy drive, a lamp etc.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: paudashlake on April 15, 2009, 07:33:53 PM
I have 6 usb plugs.  I have 4 things plugged into the back 4, sometimes I have a flash drive or two on the other two plugs on the front.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: ajees on April 15, 2009, 11:46:52 PM
Totally one USB 2.0 port support 127 USB devices
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: JJ 3000 on April 16, 2009, 12:27:18 AM
Totally one USB 2.0 port support 127 USB devices

Try daisy chaining 127 devices and see what happens.

No wait, try that with 27 devices.

Good luck.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: steven32collins on April 16, 2009, 03:57:57 AM
i have my printer my flash drive my keyboard my mouse my digital camera (used as webcam) and all of my usb ports are full (one is broken so that is not used yet imgona solder a new port onto it )
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 16, 2009, 04:50:35 AM
Try daisy chaining 127 devices and see what happens.

No wait, try that with 27 devices.

Good luck.

Heck, 4 devices on a single unpowered hub is enough to shut it down. It would only work if you chained about 30 4-port hubs together and powered them all.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 16, 2009, 06:13:40 AM
Heck, 4 devices on a single unpowered hub is enough to shut it down. It would only work if you chained about 30 4-port hubs together and powered them all.

Depending upon the current usage of each device, one USB port can support up to 500ma of current and an average flash drive uses about 100ma
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: patio on April 16, 2009, 06:35:35 AM
Try daisy chaining 127 devices and see what happens.

No wait, try that with 27 devices.

Good luck.

This sounds as realistic as MS's minimum XP requirements.....
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 16, 2009, 09:04:50 AM
As an aside, I'm not sure about later versions, but Windows 2K simply can't use hubs daisy chained after a 5th one. (or maybe it was the fifth one that didn't work?).

In any case, if you have that many hubs, you probably have too many USB devices anyway.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: quaxo on April 16, 2009, 09:11:31 AM
As an aside, I'm not sure about later versions, but Windows 2K simply can't use hubs daisy chained after a 5th one. (or maybe it was the fifth one that didn't work?).

In any case, if you have that many hubs, you probably have too many USB devices anyway.

Let alone too many wall outlets if you managed to get them all plugged in  :P
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: BC_Programmer on April 16, 2009, 09:19:33 AM
that too.

I know when I start filling up my surge protector, at some point I think- Is this really necessary? do I really need my shaver plugged in all the time, let alone next to my computer?


Ok, well, not a shaver, but right now I have my router,monitor,speakers,external HD,USB hub,printer, laptop and cable modem in one.

I've been thinking of getting a UPS as well, since our power seems to be unreliable.

heh, one time the power flickered off long enough for my PC to stay off, and I spent a good 5 minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with my monitor. Until I saw the clock flashing. DUH!  ::)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 16, 2009, 02:46:27 PM
Your powers unreliable too? So is mine! And they wanna rasie the price too!
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: barklr on April 16, 2009, 04:30:09 PM
i have 8 usb ports on my home made comp.but only one on my thinkpad,
my prenter,camera,headphones,keybord,mouse,and flashdreves,are all usb,there not all hooked up at the sane time but they could be .but i need a 4in1 hub for my thankpad to use more thing 1 thing at a time
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: FlashDriveDT on April 17, 2009, 07:47:00 AM
I have my external hard drive plugged in. It used to be on firewire but for some reason my computer wouldn't always recognize it then, especially with short periods between turning on and off. The other one of my 5 USB ports is permanently occupied by either a digicam, mp3player or flash drive.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: computeruler on April 17, 2009, 07:00:43 PM
Does your flash drive look like the one in your avatar?
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 17, 2009, 08:21:50 PM
I think that if you want that you can get them real customized like that.  Kind of makes me hungry
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 18, 2009, 03:38:41 PM
The Burger King, or Ronald would like to have that style for their computer needs  :D
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: Tux2 on April 20, 2009, 10:11:11 AM
Hello,
I have 2 computers that I have 2 USB devices plugged into all the time, plus my 2 flash drives,  depending on which computer I am working on.
On computer 1 I have a USB printer and Mouse hooked up.
On computer 2 I have a USB mouse and Keyboard hooked up.  I also had 8 USB ports on this computer until my brother decided I didn't need my front USB ports and broke them for me. :(
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 20, 2009, 10:25:30 AM
You mean for it to look like the fries holder, that would make me crave fries really bad.
Title: Beep
Post by: Ralph Spencer on April 28, 2009, 08:01:59 AM
Umm...
Talkin' o' USB...

Mouse
Mobile Phone which doubles as the modem (SOMETIMES)
Flash Drive
USB interface of my router (SOMETIMES)
Printer
Now ya do tha cauntin'. ;p
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 28, 2009, 10:49:39 AM
I never meet anyone who done that.
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: macdad- on April 28, 2009, 11:13:56 AM
Interesting, using your cell as a mobile modem.
 8)
Title: Re: April monthly poll
Post by: squall_01 on April 28, 2009, 11:14:24 AM
Isnt it!  I knew it was possible.