USB device that deactivates other usb ports

Wolfgang

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Jun 12, 2006
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I have this really old mp3 player that doesnt really work. When ever i plug it into a sub port on my iMac, the others dont work, but every thing is fine as soon as i unplug it from my computer. It does this even when it is plugged in to the surge protector also. Anyone know why this is happening and/or how i can fix it? Thanks alot
 

superbovine

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Wolfgang said:
I have this really old mp3 player that doesnt really work. When ever i plug it into a sub port on my iMac, the others dont work, but every thing is fine as soon as i unplug it from my computer. It does this even when it is plugged in to the surge protector also. Anyone know why this is happening and/or how i can fix it? Thanks alot
it is either bad or it is pulling to much power shutting off the other usb parts because it takes all the power. try a powered a hub, although your surge protector maybe a powered one which means it probably mp3 player hardware
 

Wolfgang

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Jun 12, 2006
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Yeah i have an ipod, but i wanna use the old mp3 player as an external drive since the hard drive in it is just a laptop hard drive