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USB & Verizon signing in & External hard drive
August 28, 2010
3:30 pm
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Patricia May
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While using USB hub (4 slots) with Verizon Aircard (stick) USB, printer, and mouse plugged in the mouse will not work after signing off Verizon.  Is this normal?

Everytime I sign into Verizon, using Windows 7, I am asked 'if I want the program to change computer'  The source is listed as the CD/DVD.  I do not have anything in the CD/DVD slot.  Is this normal and should I be saying Yes or No?  Is there something that I should be doing/or not doing?

 

Another problem I seen to be having is with my external hard drive.  If I leave it plugged in and turn the computer on it comes up asking if I want to install it.  I have already done that and have done backups.  I would like to leave it plugged in so that the backup will occur when I have it scheduled.

August 31, 2010
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Verizon recommends not using a hub for their USB modems.  I agree.  Plug your Aircard into another USB port on the computer.  It is probably a power issue. 

User Account Control is causing the message in Windows 7.  You can change the settings.  Click on Start and type User Account.  Choose the option to change the settings.

The external hard drive probably has an autorun file and a program that wants to install every time you plug it in.  You can delete the autorun file on the external hard drive.  That should fix it.  You have already installed the program on your computer, you don't need to install it every time. 

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August 31, 2010
12:33 pm
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Jim, If you use a powered USB hub, would that make a difference? I am running out of USB ports on my computer. I only have 3.

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September 1, 2010
6:00 pm
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Sounds good, but for us dummies.  How do I delete the autorun?  I did go into 'hardware & sound, autoplay' and unchecked the 'autoplay' box at the top left.  That didn't solve the problem.

Regarding the Verizon stick, it is large and when put with the hub plug it is tight, seems to push each other away.

September 1, 2010
10:39 pm
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A powered hub might be a solution.

All USB hubs are not the same, especially when using external drives and other devices like aircards which require power.

Likewise, the ports on a computer may be slightly different with one having more power than the others.

A short extension for the aircard might simplify things.

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