What is up with Macs, Past few OSX's and USB3 Hubs?

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  1. Wie Gehts, Aug 9, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017

    Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007
    I've just spent many many hours of being driven crazy trying to get a second purchased hub to work after returning the first. I also recently installed Sierra on a 2012 Mini. I had also moved to a new home so I went about having to set up my system all over again.

    I got the full treatment.... mouse stops working... software behaving very badly or not at all....computer boot crashes....kernel crashes....other peripheral control devices not connecting or not working properly along with their associated software.
    Just plugging in the hubs with nothing connected to them caused problems, lol!

    Mind you, I also operate a DAW (home recording) and probably using various peripheral control devices than a more casual computer user would be hooking up.

    Aside from this I also tried to boot my computer recently from an external 3.0 drive, which I've never done before, and it wouldn't. A little research showed that Apple no likey 3.0. However, I was able to boot from a 2.0 drive.

    I have 2 dell monitors which have about 5 usb ports available each. The older model has usb 2.0, the newer of the same model has 3.0, but I have that one downstreamed to the 2.0 one as to have all connected to the mini using one cable. So far my stuff is working properly knock on wood.

    Before I moved I used a 3.0 hub. Other than the 'usual' issues of external drives disconnecting at will, everything operated normally
    afaict. Unfortunately that one got trashed in an accident. However under the circumstances probably would cause same problems now.
    That was on Mavericks. From what I've been reading Apple has s*** the bed with usb 3 since Yosemite.

    What is it... they want everyone to go thunderbolt $$$$ or what? (and then once everyone buys into THAT, they'll drop it for some new standard) lol
  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Probably good to factor in a couple of things. First, not all USB hubs (including USB3) are the same. Second, you mentioned hooking up various DAW things. These sometimes require low-level drivers, which don't always play nicely with other peripherals. Also, device vendors don't always update to the latest versions of the OS.
  3. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2007
    The devices I have are all class compliant... no drivers. OTOH, I recently bought an OWC dual USB3 bare drive dock, I have 2 drives in it streaming samples and, knock knock, no problems.
    I mean, that's a 'hub' more or less, lol

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