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02-15-2002, 07:55 PM
I have 2 printers plugged into my 2 USB ports and both serial ports are in use .
I want to get a Wacom graphics Tablet
Am I right in thinking I can simply plug and unplug things into a USB port while the PC is switched on and it will automatically pick up on the correct hardware?
Not too technical please, I sound as if I uinderstand more than I actually do :D
02-15-2002, 07:57 PM
You are correct in your thinking. Why don't you just pick up a USB hub so you can have everything plugged in at the same time?
02-15-2002, 08:24 PM
What is a USB Hub?
02-15-2002, 08:40 PM
You know how you can get a plug for your electrical outlets that allows you to plug more than one item into an outlet?
A USB hub is the same thing, just for USB cables. They are pretty cheap for a small one and it eliminates having to dig around at the back of your computer OR having to decide which device to use in what order.
no real installation required, kust plug it in to the USB slot on your computer and then plug all the USB devices into the hub.
02-16-2002, 02:00 AM
Some USB devices don't like being used with hubs so you might have to experiment with what is plugged into the hub and what is plugged directly into the computer if you go the hub route. Just something to be aware of. Hopefully it won't be a problem for you.
02-16-2002, 07:02 PM
Bless you both............ thats incredibly useful. ..........I'll get one at the next possible opportunity.
02-16-2002, 07:31 PM
Hey no problem...:D
02-16-2002, 07:39 PM
But don't forget to ensure that your equipment can actually operate from a hub. I thnk someone already mentioned that many items require direct connections to your PC. Check with the manual that came with your equipment before spending money or something that may or may not be advantageous.
02-17-2002, 06:30 PM
thanks for the tip
03-06-2002, 10:11 AM
If you have a PC, you can also opt for the serial port. They are cheaper, and dont need a USB port for use. You cant transfer and use the tablet on a MAC then, but atleast you wont have port problems.
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