I have two systems with Vista. I want to Use one printer on both with USB Cables. Can i connect a USB Hub with 3 ports, 2 for two systems and one for Printer and I install drivers on the both systems. Is this possible. I found differnet USB switches on net but they should have to select first the system from which the print is required.
I would connect the printer to the main computer, network the 2 computers and enable printer sharing. The only draw back to this is that the main computer will have to be on in order for the other to print. Vista makes this easy to do.
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The hubs usually show up in the hardware list and not as a seperate device. Only way to know it is there is to plug a usb device into it.
I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and devices (though not always)
A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems similar steps may be adapted to suit.
1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability
2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)
3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.
4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.
5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especialy true if you move a HUB to another port
If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
do one thing boot ur vista without usb hub then go to device manager remove your usb drivers of the hub disconnect the hub from computer, restart notebook, then connect the hub back when windows boot let vista to install the driver of that hub, after that connect your devices one by one ok let me know what happen? :-)
the switch that you have does not require drivers or settings you can change in it. it is just a pass-through device. you can check the cables if they are working or the ports of the switch (if it lights up). moreover, check also the computers if their ip address are configured correctly and within the same range and make sure that the printer is still shared through the network.
Normally the USB hub is design to connect to the device that doesn't consume electricity like handy drive,MP3 player.So in your case the multifunctional printer, I think this one really need a direct connection to your PC,instead of going through USB hub.Try to move some other device to connect to this hub and connect your printer directly to PC..due to many restriction with printer like electricity,port,etc...
There are several possible problems here, and more information is needed to identify which one is causing trouble. First, are you using a high speed dsl or cable internet connection? ...or is your Internet connection a dial-up phone line? This will have a significant effect on how your cables should be connected between the hub and the computers. Windows typically defaults to a 169... address when it is not properly connected to a shared network connection.
We had a GE 7 port usb port and it overheated and melted----thank goodness I got up when I did or the house would have caught on fire. The only thing we had connected to the usb port was a APC battery backup unit. Any reason why the usb port overheated?
It was pugged into the battery backup unit and I am hesitant to rehook the computer up to the battery backup unit and also will not by another GE usb hub again and whatever hub we do use, I will not plug it into an outlet!
the computer was downstairs and I noticed the odor of electrical burning smell upstairs---the unit was bought nov 25, 2007 and we returned it to BJ'S for a refund today-----I do not reccomend this product to anyone.
Are you sure it is not recognizing the switch? Just a thought, but maybe the other computer has not loaded the usb drivers for the printer. Have you connected the printer directly to the computer to see if you can isolate the problem?