Internal USB connection

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DigitalVT, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. DigitalVT macrumors member

    DigitalVT

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    Just wondering if there is any way to connect a USB license dongle internally in a Mac Pro. I remember desktop PC's had additional connections on the mobo for USB connections but I can't seem to find anything similar in the Mac Pro, I know they are different beasts. Just be nice to have the expensive licences tucked away out of reach of thieving hands when the machines are out on-site on a job!!

    Thanks!!
     
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    There are no spare internal USB ports in the Mac Pro.

    What you could do is block/rip out one of the USB ports and solder on a USB socket internally.

    EDIT: ...or use a USB extension cable to route one of the external ports into the chassis through a PCI bracket, but I guess that wouldn't serve the purpose of protecting the dongle from being stolen.
     
  3. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

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  4. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    Whoops, right. There should be.

    Just look out for USB 2.0 cards with NEC chipsets. They usually work out of the box.
     
  5. DigitalVT thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks fella's! Will look into them, I saw the Sonnet PCie card that had 4 external and 1 internal. Bit expensive tho'!!
     
  6. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. They charge tremendous amounts of money for "Mac compatibility".
    As I said, just go for a NEC chipset equipped card and you should be fine.
     

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