Question about Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320 GB External USB (WDE1U3200N) Hard Drive
The unit has power but when I click on MY COMPUTER on the desktop, Elements has dissapppeared. I cannot get to it anymore.
I just bought a 320 GB version and I was not at all surprised when it did not work - Windows Explorer did not see it and no USB "gerdunk" noise ensued. Problem is that depending on the quality of the USB port that the USB cable is plugged into, it may or may not provide sufficient powere to the drive. The answer is simple: connect the drive using a Y-cable. This type of cable has two USB Type A male plugs on one end and a single male Mini-B connector on the other end. The two type A plugs need to be inserted into two USB sockets on your PC. One of them supplies 5V at up to 500 mA plus the USB signals; the other suppllies only 5V at up to 500 mA. That provides up to 1 Amp of current compared with up to 500 mA for just a single connection. I don't know why WD does not supply a Y-cable with the drive!!!! I've been aware of this problem for some USB sockets/some PCs/some drives for yonks. The Y cables are somewhat hard to get - here is one supplier in the States: www.pcconnection.com Anyone know of a supplier in Australia?
Posted on Dec 08, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Check the wireless router and high-speed modem.
If the two are not powered on, or if the Ethernet cable connected the two is not completely inserted into both connection ports, you are unable to access the Internet on the Acer Aspire One laptop computer.
Activate the wireless Internet connection on the laptop computer.
Right-click the wireless icon on the desktop, then choose "Enable" from the pop-up menu.
Without activating the wireless receiver on the Acer Aspire One, the laptop is unable to detect any wireless network.
Select the appropriate network you wish to connect to.
Your computer may be attempting to connect to a different Internet connection, preventing you from access the network you desire. Right-click the wireless icon, select "Search for available wireless networks," then choose the network you want to access.
Restart the computer.
The system may have booted and failed to detect the wireless receiver. Restarting the computer corrects this issue.
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