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USB plugs and sockets advice please

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CuttingCrew, Jul 17, 2019.

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  1. CuttingCrew

    CuttingCrew Thread Starter

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    Is it possible to somehow split a USB socket from the back of my PC?

    I've run out of sockets on my PC and would like to split one of them to take a mouse and a Wacom tablet simply to save me crawling around on the floor unplugging one and plugging the other in its place.

    I've found splitter cables on the internet but they seem to say one of the ports is for charging only. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. flavallee

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  3. CuttingCrew

    CuttingCrew Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the help Flavallee. I'll take a look at the link.
     
  4. flavallee

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    You're welcome, and good luck.

    How many USB ports does your PC have?
    Most modern PC's come with 8 - 12 USB ports, so I'm surprised all of yours are occupied.

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    If you have an open expansion slot on the motherboard you could look into a USB expansion card to add a few ports.
     
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  6. CuttingCrew

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    Apologies for the delay Flavalee, there are two on the front of the PC (tower case) and two at the back.
     
  7. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks for the help, really appreciated.
     
  8. flavallee

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    If that desktop/tower has only 4 USB ports, it's obviously several years old.
    If it's a factory brand one, advise us what brand name and model name and model number it is.
    If it's a self-built one, advise us what brand name and model number its motherboard is.

    Assuming that desktop/tower's motherboard has an appropriate available expansion slot, what Chuck suggested in post #5 would be a good option for you.

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  9. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks for the reply Flavallee. I can't find the original documents I had when I got the tower built locally. I tried following a number of methods on Google to find out which motherboard is in my system but had no success.
     
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    If that computer is able to load its Windows operating system and has a working internet connection, follow the below listed steps.
    The information in the log should show us which motherboard brand and model number is in your computer.

    Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) file.
    After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
    Information about your computer will appear.
    Return here, then copy-and-paste the entire text in your reply.

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  11. CuttingCrew

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD A8-7650K Radeon R7, 10 Compute Cores 4C+6G, AMD64 Family 21 Model 48 Stepping 1
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 15310 Mb
    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 222 GB (31 GB Free); E: 931 GB (521 GB Free); F: 931 GB (581 GB Free);
    Motherboard: MSI, A78M-E35 V2 (MS-7721)
    Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
     
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    Your computer has a MSI A78M-E35 V2 motherboard.
    According to its detailed specifications, it has a total of 6 USB ports: 4 USB2, 2 USB3.
    That conflicts with what you said in post #6.

    It has a PCI Express x1 slot and a PCI slot for installing add-on cards.
    That means you can install a USB add-on card that's designed to fit in either of those 2 slots.
    HERE is a list of USB add-on cards that you can browse through.

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  13. CuttingCrew

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    Thanks again for all the help Flavallee, it is really appreciated.

    All I can visibly see on my PCs tower are two USB slots on the front and a further two on the back. Thank you for the link to the add-on cards, I read through the list to find what I need.
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    Select a PCI Express/PCI-E model instead of a PCI model because it's newer technology and has USB3 ports. (y)
    Also select one that has at least 4 ports.

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    Thanks again for all the help. It is really appreciated.
     
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