Different devices in the same USB port. No problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by anibalcascais, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. anibalcascais macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2003
    Porto, Portugal
    Hi all,

    I'm about to buy a macbook (first mac) and since I dont need to use lots of usb ports at the same time, I was wondering if its ok, on the macbook, to connect different devices to the same USB port?

    For example, today I connect my digicam to download some photos, tomorrow a USB stick, and the day after, my iPod for updating...

    Is this gonna cause any problem?

    Thanks in advance
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    no it won't cause any problems. and it shouldn't cause any problems on any computer. :confused:
  3. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    yup the same device in many usb or many devices in 1 usb is ok in any computer..

    Addy :D
  4. anibalcascais thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2003
    Porto, Portugal
    well, you're right, it shouldn't...

    but I remember having some trouble with my PC when I connected a different device to a port that was used for something else.

    Then again, it probably was something wrong with the computer.

    Thanks for your answers :)
  5. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    its probably something wrong with the computer..or it's cool os lol
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    If you're having that problem it would definitely be a problem with the computer, you can change usb devices whenever and however often you like.
  7. jmdeegan macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2007
    I think it's a "function" of Windows. My corporate laptop, if I use my card reader, it will not be recognized in all slots. Also somewhat dependent on SD cards being read. No joke, one card it tried to format in USB1, and in USB2 there were all the pictures.
    Not sure I've had that on my other XP machines, but I chalk it up to Windows, as it's a clean build.
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Exactly. You hit the nail on the head. Welcome to MacRumors!

    Actually, I recommend investing $10 - $20 in a USB hub, so that you can -
    1) leave multiple devices plugged in or
    2) reduce wear and tear on the Mac's USB port, which is WAY more expensive to replace than a hub if its broken.

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