can i use ALL usb ports and firewire port at same time??

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  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

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    can you plug in two usb devices and a firewire device, all at the same time??
    into macbook or macbook pro....

    macbook manual says, one high powered usb device can be plugged in.
    but i dont know if they mean into each port, or at one time in total.

    i just spoke to apple, and they told me to call support. i havent even bought the laptop yet.

    i want to plug in a fast track pro audio interface = usb
    a mouse = mouse, akai mpd16 drum pad = usb, and a 7200rpm firewire external hard drive..........so all my ports i wanna be using at the same time.

    is this possible? or will macbook and the macbook pro differ in performance regarding this issue?

    say if i buy a usb hub and plug in 5 usb devices...........possible?
    or is their limitations??

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. mikenike192 macrumors regular

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    you should be fine as long as the macbook is plugged in. Plus all your devices will be plugged in too I imagine so really its not using that much power at all. I think the only problem you would ever have is if you had a bunch of bus powered devices like portable harddrives plugged in while you are running off battery power.
     
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  4. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    Technically USB ports can support up to 127 devices on one bus. So, you could buy a whole mess of hubs and they will still all work. Don't expect any thrills from performance though.

    With 5 you should be fine.
     
  7. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    I have a usb hub that I use for a few devices (4). Not always connected, but when it is, it works just fine.
     
  8. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    Just remember that if you go hub, get a powered one
     
  9. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    powered meaning the usb hub is connected to the mains for electricity??

    so wire going to plug socket from usb hub
    and wire going into macbook................right???

    anyone recommend a good one?

    thanks
     
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Oh, 'hub'.... I was trying to decide if a 'powered hug' was a good thing or not.

    Hug or Hub?
    :D
     
  11. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    dude.............
     
  12. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    Ya, exactly. I have a belkin one I got at best buy that's mostly white, seems to match ok
     
  13. pjarvi macrumors 65816

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    I've run a Belkin powered USB hub connected to the 1st port, with the following attached: EyeTV EZ, iPod dock (with iPod inserted and charging), digital camera dock (with camera inserted and transferring photos), and a USB external hard drive.

    A Turbo.264 stick attached to the 2nd USB port (actively encoding a movie).

    Along with 2 firewire external drives (daisy-chained), and had zero problems.

    The only thing I have not been able to do is connect 2 TV tuners at the same time. An error appears in EyeTV that there is insufficient USB bandwitdh.
     
  14. jhamerphoto macrumors regular

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    just to note, you said mouse = mouse?
    there is no mouse port on a macbook/macbook pro, or any recent max device.
    there's only USB for those, so I would suggest a bluetooth wireless mouse.
     

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