Keyboard USB won't power jump drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Mr.Spike, May 26, 2004.

  1. Mr.Spike macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2004
    I just bought a little jump (or key or thumb or whatever) drive to transfer files between my G3 laptop and G4 desktop. But now I find my desktop's Apple Pro keyboard's USB ports don't supply enough power to run it. Plugging into the CPU means I have to crawl under the desk and unplug something else...and I'm not really up for buying a USB hub just for this.

    Do any jump drives work on the power from the keyboard? Mine is a SanDisk cruzer 128MB. Or is there another non-networked way to easily transfer files between laptop and desktop?

    Suggestions appreciated.
  2. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    ports on the new macs themselves are usb 2.0. the ones on the keyboard are usb 1.1.

    just found this

    as long as your G4 is a digital audio or older that will work. I guess you could on a quicksilver also.
  3. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    I don't thinkany of them work off the keyboard ports as the power requirements are higher than those for mice and keyboards. Do what i did and run a USB extension cable from the back to somewhere accessible and use that. A lot of drives even include them for just such a purpose.
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I just bought a 256meg Sandisck "thumb drive" and I plug it into the keyboard w/o a problem. It works on the keyboard w/my Quicksilver at home and my new (relatively new) eMac at work. As well as my PC at home (which shares the keyboard and mouse w/my Mac).

  5. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I have a Memorex USB 2.0 drive (256MB if that matters) and it works fine plugged into my keyboard.
  6. ebow macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2001
    Trapped in a world before later on
    Neither of my thumb drives (Lexar JumpDrive 2.0 Pro 256MB and 512MB) work when plugged into my CRT iMac's keyboard. I think I tried one in a PC keyboard's USB port and it didn't work either (I could be wrong, though). Fortunately, my iMac's USB ports are right at desk level.

    Seems like your results will vary based on the manufacturer, or maybe just luck. I wonder if they would work in the back of an ADC monitor. I'm guessing it functions as a powered USB hub.
  7. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    My HP Flash drive works fine on my iMac KB, if you want to avoid going under your desk get a USB extender cord, get a male to female cord so you can plug in from your desk.
  8. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    Multiple SanDisk MiniCruzer 256MB no problem w/ the G4 MDD systems.

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