3 questions –please help

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by xtempo, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. xtempo macrumors 6502

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    1) What is a good hub that allows the use of external devices such as the super drive, multiple HDs, iPods and other items? nothing I have works or works well.

    2) Is there a way to fix the round scroll button on the wired moused? It is not performing as it did when I first bought in other words it seems broken.

    3) How do I use iWeb with Yosemite? I have the iLife '08 disc and I can install it fine but can not use it and must purchase iWork in order to use it. I have my site done in iWeb which I was hoping to continue using on my MB air when I don't have access to my PMG5.

    apparently I've been gone too long and everything is confusing and different in the layout. I suppose it means I should come back more :)
     
  2. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I don't know about (2) or (3).

    For a USB hub, I use an Anker 7 port USB 3.0 hub. It was pretty cheap and looks good.

    It works pretty well for the most part.

    I keep a hard drive connected to it at all times, and sometimes the hard drive disconnects for no reason. I don't know if this is a problem with the hub or something else though.

    All my other devices work well with the hub.

    In my experience, Anker makes some pretty good stuff.
     
  4. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have to keep the HD directly to the MB air since I use time machine and as you say it disconnects itself if I use a hub, the drive and iPod does this also. I hope there is a way to stop that from happening since it is becoming really obnoxious.
     
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Maybe the hard drive disconnections are a bug with OS X then, and not these hubs.

    You don't have to have a hard drive connected all the time to use Time Machine.
     
  6. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have it on automatic backup and the laptop is on almost all the time. I turn it on and off whenever I turn the laptop on or off.
     
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  9. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure Time Machine is always on "automatic backup" so I'm not sure what you're turning on and off.

    And it will work whenever the drive is plugged in.

    The drive doesn't have to be plugged in all the time.
     
  10. McGiord macrumors 601

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    If TimeMachine is on and the backup disk is not connected OS X will create a temporary backup in the Mac's drive and you can run out of space if you don't have a big drive, and don't connect back it can slow things down quickly. Not sure if this is the reason why the OP turns it off, but I did many times with my MacBook.
     
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    It doesn't work quite like that. I think you are referring to Time Machine's local snapshots, but all that saves is files that were deleted and they accumulate whether the backup disk is attached/used or not. Once the disk starts getting close to full (80%), the OS will start to remove these files.

    Other than those local snapshots of deleted files, there is not any other local Time Machine backup.
     
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    That was what I was referring to, thanks for the link and clarification. It also covers modified files.
     
  13. yey365 macrumors newbie

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    To clean the scroll button on the wired mouse, use a sheet of paper and upturn the mouse to run the scroll button forwards, backwards etc.
     
  14. Don MC, Jul 26, 2015
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    Anybody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Super Drive will work through a hub. It has to be connected directly to the Mac.
    I have a powered Belkin Thunderbolt dock and although the dock works well in all other ways (all my other peripherals work 100%), my Super Drive won't work connected to it. Neither does it work if I connect a 'dumb' hub to the Mac and then the Super Drive to the hub.

    EDIT: To motrek and others: Your HDDs disconnecting are symptoms of them getting too little power. Especially when connecting multiple devices via a non-powered hub. An external bus-powered HDD usually requires 500mA of current and that's all the USB port of your computer and/or hub puts out, according to the USB 2.0 specifications. Add more devices to the hub and the mA the computer has to deliver jumps higher than 500mA.

    The Super Drive actually requires even more than that, in addition to that there's something odd going on when connecting it to a hub. Even if the hub IS powered and rated at much higher than 500mA per port.
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Weird. I don't know why a Super Drive wouldn't work. I have a $30 external DVD burner that I bought on Amazon and it works just fine through a hub. Maybe your hub doesn't provide enough power?
     
  16. Don MC macrumors member

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    I added a few lines to my post above, but I'm pretty sure both my hub and my dock do provide enough power. I have a 7 port powered hub that is rated at 3000mA per port (there are two ports marked with red that are more powerful than the others). The Belkin dock has USB3 ports and those are 900mA.

    There's something else in the Super Drive that dislikes hubs.
     
  17. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I keep the hard drive on whenever I have the laptop on so when I turn the laptop off I have the hard drive off-not sure how this was confusing. The laptop is partially on all the time and so is the hard drive. Why leave the computer on if your gone for a few days or not even using a computer for several days so then I would also turn off the hard drive. still perplex how this could be confusing to people.


    As to the hub I only use power hubs and the hd ,iPod and super drive ends up saying too little power or disconnects and quit working so I have to unplug things just use hard drives and, iPods and the SuperDrive. I have through the hub a mac pro keyboard, mouse, printer and whatever else I need to plug in like a small usb thumb drive or my Cannon digital camera.
     
  18. motrek macrumors 68020

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    It's confusing because I'm not sure why you would have to do this manually. Is the hard drive so old that it doesn't automatically spin down when the computer it's connected to turns off (or goes to sleep)?
     
  19. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am not sure I actually follow any of this really. I only turn it off when I am not using it or the MB air. simple as that it has nothing to with age or anything else.
     
  20. xtempo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so would that solve the problem of disconnecting and not even working?

    If I get a copy of snow leopard can I install it on the MB air and use iWeb that way? since I can still use choose which startup disk to use. nice link but some of that seems confusing.
     

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