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XPS 9000 Optical Drive Sata Cable Length

Q: XPS 9000 Optical Drive Sata Cable Length

Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case? Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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I was wondering if they made some shorter HDD Sata cables. Something along the lines of 4-8". The standard ones that came with the my mobo are just fine, but it'd be nicer if I could get my hands on some shorter ones for cable management.

Thanks in advance.

A:Sata Cable Length?

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Hi, hopefully should be straight forward enough...

I have just bought one of these space saving Acer Revos which does not come with an Optical drive.

I have a Blu-ray reader (dvd writer) which is SATA, but the Revo only has USB or eSATA.
So... i was wondering what is needed to get this (SATA) drive to work via eSATA or usb?

Is it as simple as a SATA to eSATA cable or will this not give the necessary power to the drive?

Or do i need an eSATA enclosure, and if so what size for an optical drive 5.2?

Cheers for any help.

A:New PC with no optical drive or SATA connection (can i use a SATA drive in it?)

Ya no problem use it. For more details contact us at www.sacatech.com

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

A:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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hello forum members
i bought Asus Sata DVDRW Model: DRW1814BLT
my win xp doesn't recognize the drive,
my motherboard is Albatron PX865PEC Pro (latest firmware)
i also updated the intel chipset, and it doesn't help

i have 3 ide drives
primary master - WD 60GB
primary slave - WD 120GB
secondary master - NEC 3550A

in the bios i see the asus drive, but still the xp won't recognize it

any suggestions?

A:SATA Optical Drive issue

you will need to install sata drivers for sata devices.

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I have an HP m7350n multi-media computer running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (4 gigs RAM, 3.5 recognized due to motherboard limitations I think) and I recently replaced one of the DVD drives with a SATA BDRom/DVDwriter (Samsung DVDWBD SH-B083L). Windows recognizes both drives. However, my favorite burning program (Divx 7 player) no longer recognizes either of the drives. My favorite DVD burning program (TMPG Authoringworks 4) only recognizes the pre-existing IDE drive.

Does anyone know if there is anything I can try to fix this?


A:new SATA optical drive not recognized

uninstall both rom-drives in device manager reboot and windows should reinstall both drives if the sata drivers are installed.
the sata drive should install ok. also check the position of the drive on the ide cable master /slave
also check the hp web site for updates of drivers

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Have a Dell Latitude E5500 here that keeps losing the optical cd drive. This problem didn't happen prior when the system was Vista....

When a cd is inserted into the drive or the drive tray is activated, the drive reappears within explorer / device manager etc, however after a short period the drive then goes missing from both, hence the cd cannot be accessed.

Under folder options the check box " hide empty drives" is UNCHECKED. It is as though the system is power saving and hibernating the drive, however I cannot find an option that suits the theory.

Is there an option I can edit with registry to help???

The bios pre windows can see the drive each time so it appears as though this is purely a Windows 7 problem.

Have read that many other people have same problem but haven't yet seen a resolution.


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Ok, so I'm buying a DVD/CD burner and HDD, both OEM, and I'm wondering whether I need to buy additional cables to hook them up to my motherboard. My PSU comes with 6 SATA cables, but are these only used to provide power to the HDD and DVD/CD burner? Do I also need additional SATA cables to connect the drives to my motherboard? Any information is appreciated.

A:HDD and optical drive cable question

You should check with the supplier to see if the new hardware will be supplied with a SATA cable which you will need to connect them to the motherboard.

Sata cables are for data transfer not for power. You should have spare cables coming from the PSU for the power connections or you will have to get a couple of 'Y' splitters to provide the connections.

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

A:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
Is Your SATA Cable Slowing Down Your Data Transfers? Max PC Investigates
Posted 11/15/2011 at 1:04pm | by Gordon Mah Ung

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Hi guys, 3 weeks ago I made a threat about an Optical Drive enclosure, and I got it and worked flawlessly.

But now I'm looking for a SATA enclosure, could you tell me if this is the correct one?

This is the current drive I want to connect to my laptop:

BTW, sorry for the bad pic, it was taken from my phone...

A:I need a SATA Optical Drive Enclosure... Is this the correct one?

Looks OK to me.

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Based on my reading the XPS 8910 manual the SATA ports are as follows:
4 - optical drive, 5 - hard drive, 6 - drive connector, 7 - drive connector
When I first open the machine the optical drive SATA cable was connected to 5 and the hard drive connected to 4. I assumed they knew what they were doing more than I.  I added a second SATA HD using SATA connector 6.  The second drive came up as drive F: and worked fine (first HD is C: and the memory card reader is D:
However, the optical drive (E:) was no longer visible.  When I look at the BIO is seems to recognize both HDs and the optical drive. 
Any help appreciated.

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Hi.. I'm running Win7 Home Premium (64-bit) with Intel i7 chip, 8Mb RAM, onboard graphics. My Liteon DVD-writer is only a few months old and performs all its functions without fuss - except one. When I load a DVD-RW or DVD-R containing only 'jpg' images, it takes an age to read them. It won't allow access till that reading is done, regardless of whether I've chosen 'List' or 'Small/Medium/Large Icons' as my view preference. I appreciate there's 4.7Gb of stuff and eventually it does read, but I've never had a rewriter that appears so sluggish in this regard. Its specs say it reads at 16 speed. If I insert a DVD of MP3 files, by contrast, it handles these in a flash and many of these MP3 files are much larger than 'jpg' files! Re-writers in my previous less well-spec'd machines have never exhibited this 'problem' for me. I'm fairly new to Win7 and I wonder if it's linked to Win7 in some way? Anyone having the same thing happen with their Liteon or have some advice? Many thanks

A:LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - RE

Hello kwil please tell us that are you using any Anti-Virus? if yes which one? coz i had same problem few years back and it was due to the auto-protection feature used by the Anti-Virus which actually tries reading each image by image in row which takes a lot of time.

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Hi all,

I've looked all over the internet, contacted HP, and updated my Mobo BIOS, but to no avail. I have an HP Lightscribe DVD1070i optical drive that has one Serial ATA data connection, and one Serial ATA power connection. There are no jumpers for Master or Slave. I have an MSI K9N2G Neo Mobo with BIOS version 1.20. It is not detecting my SATA optical drive, but it is detecting my SATA HDD. The optical drive i have right now is an IDE drive which I would like to move to my secondary Desktop, but can't because it would leave my Main without a working Optical Drive. I was told by HP to install SATA controllers but I can't find anything like that for my Mobo on the internet. The MSI Live Update program doesn't even find anything for me. So, is there anyone who can help me with my dilemma?


A:MSI Mobo doesn't detect HP SATA optical drive

If it helps, HP has told me to connect my SATA drive to another computer, but I can't because there are all too old and don't use SATA.

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I installed an internal SATA dvdrw today and the system won't boot. It gets stuck at this screen that says "Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1 v9.4.4" Then it shows the client MAC address, then next line says "PXE-E53: No boot filename received" then next line "PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM" then it just restarts and gets to this same screen, over and over. If I unplug the SATA optical drive from the mb, it boots just fine. Why would installing an optical drive hose up the boot sequence? My system is a ThinkCentre and the mb has two sata connectors, first one is taken by the hd.

A:Solved: Installing SATA optical drive isn't working

What's the boot sequence in the BIOS?

Switch the SATA connectors on the board.

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Recently I added additional internal HDD (WD 2TB SATA3 64MB Green) as a secondary storage.

The original SATA cable connector is:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Empty
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector cable from computer's casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector Cable from Computer's Casing - Empty

I rearranged the cables to:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - WD 2TB
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector from computer casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector from Computer Casing - Empty

Once done, the motherboard BIOS only detects both the HHD. It doesn't detect the DVD-RW anymore. Before this both the HDD and DVD-RW was working fine.

I tried changing the DVD-RW's SATA cable to a new one, tried connecting the DVD-RW in other SATA2 port but still same.

Note: I didn't change any setting in BIOS.
BIOS Setting:
In "Standard CMOS Features" all IDE Channel 0-3 is set to "AUTO" hardware detection.
In "Integrated Peripherals":
- PCH SATA control mode is always been [AHCI]
- SATA Port0-3 Native Mode is always been [Enabled]

Please help me to solve this problem. I want the BIOS and Win 7 to detect the Samsung DVD-RW as well.

My system:
CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 Ghz
MB: GA-P67A-UD3P(rev. 1.0) - BIOS Ver : F4
VGA: Sapphire Toxic HD6850 1G
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2*4GB 1600 MHz
OS: Win 7 64-bit SP : 1
Power Supply : 600 W
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A:BIOS not detecting Internal SATA DVD/CD optical drive

Apart from the detection on the screen, does the drive seem to work normally? If so, I would leave it alone.

If not, the drive has likely failed... it doesn't take much for an optical drive to go bad.

Final test? Does it work in another computer?

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Hi, I got W541 with DVD-RW but i am not gonna use it, at all. Want to add extra hard drive into caddy insted of optical drive.Called Lenovo but they couldn't answer me what is the SATA port version in Optical Drive connector. Anyone here able to confirm? If is SATA 3.0 then will go for SSD (512GB-1000GB) drive in caddy, if slower then thinking about regular HDD (1-2TB). Thanks for help in advance

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I have a SATA DVD/CD optical drive that will not open to remove a boot capable disk, (CD or DVD, such as a XP or Vista O/S disk or a partition tool), when re-booting from that disk so that it is before loading any operating system. Once booted into a O/S then it opens fine to remove a CD or DVD disk. This is a Intel Core 2 Dual ASUS motherboard 1 year old desktop type computer which has both the hard drive and optical drives as SATA. So will this issue be resolved if I add in a 2nd optical drive which is standard PATA IDE type connection ?

A:SATA DVD/CD optical drive will not open to remove a bootable disk

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I need a replacement white ribbon cable for the Optical Drive on a HP Envy M7 Laptop.The foil tape that holds the cable in postion out of the way of the tray came loose and the cable was damaged. The Laptop wll not "see" the Optical Drive now.I could not find a P/N on the HP site-just the whole drive-and appears to be no way to contact them/Parts Dept.  unless I want to spend $59.99 to talk to them.It can't be that hard to find the replacement cable.ThanksJim

A:optical drive ribbon cable replacement part for HP envy M7 ...

WKRBEE wrote:....It can't be that hard to find the replacement cable.----Hi, It's very hard indeed. You may be able to find from repair shops, just go and ask them. Many vendors now sell the whole set, not just a small part. Regards.

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My house has been networked for some time now. I have had a router and two computers. Recently I added a laptop. I ran a new cable from my router through the basement and up into the living room. At first I couldn't connect at all. I cut off ten feet of the cable and I could connect but not very fast. Then I switched for an unrelated reason from dsl to cable. Now I try to download a page and I get the date and half of the page in a minute. When I disconnect the laptop and plug it in where my main computer is I have no problems. My kids desktop is connected fine but the laptop won't connect at all on their connetion. Do you think I need a better quality cat 5 cable? I think the length is about 50 to 60 feet. I am not ready to spend the money to go wireless yet so that is not an option. Thanks in advance.

A:Networking, length of cable and quality of cable

Cable Quality especially on long runs is very important. You can come up against allot of external interference as well as signal strength dropping. Laptops are finicky when it comes to the above
problems. I suspect if you were to hook up a PC in the Living room
you would not have the problem. Cat5 cables come in different flavors, for instance Beldon cable has three qualities of cat5.
You may want to talk to a local PC shop and see if you can purchase the highest quality cat5 available to the specific length you need. Higher quality cable are not cheap either, the per foot price can be significant. Spend some time on the net checking different cable vendors and you will see the difference.
cat5, cat5 shielded and so on.

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I've recently had problems with two SATA drives that were not recognized by the system and the problem is both cases turned out to be a faulty SATA cable.

These have got to be some of the worst designed connectors I've seen. Two of the four I've used have failed. The connector is very fragile and will spread open or crack along the side and not make contact if they are bent or bumped when attached to the drive or MB.

A:Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

What manufacturer supplied the cables? I had 2 faulty IDE cables come with 2 separate motherboard companies the other day. usually when a drive is not working properly at the initial install.

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My old HP had a IDE drive that crashed. To put a SATA drive in, do I nedd to change the motherboard or the cables?

A:Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

Both. If your board is not set up for SATA, you need to buy a PCI add-on card or new board.

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I currently have an SSD with the OS on it.

I have a 500GB hard drive about to fail that has all my games and programs.

I have a new 2TB HD and a SATA cable.

My question is what is the best way for me to move all my programs and games over to this new hard drive?



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What is the maximum length I can make My IDE cables?
I know it probably is drive specific (due to variances in voltage etc) but as an average, how long can I go without data loss?

A:IDE Cable length

the ATA spec that a cable can be safely 18" in length before data cooruption occurs.

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I need to run a usb cable with a wireless usb adapter at the end of it to my pc. I`m using an Huawei E5331 MiFi mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and unfortunately it doesn`t have an ethernet port. The best signal in my house is in the attic and with the house being very old cottage the wifi doesn`t tend to travel too well so what i want to do is put the wireless usb adapter as close to the mifi lite as i can so as to maximise the wireless speed.
What i`m wondering is if i go over the usual 16 feet limit for usb 2 do i need to put a powered usb hub in the middle or is it possible to use a longer usb cable without losing too much strength of signal?

A:USB cable length

A powered hub does nothing to the signal. It is solely for providing electric power for attached devices. I'm not aware of any "USB amplifiers", but if there was ever a demand for them, I'm sure someone made them. The problem is that it would need to amplify signals in both directions, for sending and for receiving.

The cable manufacturer should have specs available on maximum lengths. Specially designed cables have longer reaches. If you don't get a sufficient signal (and I wouldn't in general recommend trying to extend the USB cable as a means of improving it), you might consider putting a repeater somewhere else in the house (if your setup permits it), using a better antenna in the attic, or even extending that antenna to an external location. There are also USB adapters that have larger, extensible antennas.

Others will propose other ideas. Many of them will be better than a long USB cable, though that is still a possibility failing anything better in practical terms. If you can't find specs on your particular cable, at least make sure that it is erll-insulated. They have pretty good USB cables at the $ store, but they are nearly uninsulated and only good for some uses.

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want to network my computer with my daughters so she can use my broadband internet connection. What is the longest cable i can use to network our computers? Our computers are about 15 feet apart.

A:cable length

here's an article on home networking: http://www.compunotes.com/ArticleSection/networkhome.htm

If using ethernet cards, 328 feet.

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I just made a mistake and put a locking type SATA cable in my computer and now cannot get it out. The idea is good but the design leaves a lot to be desired. I am afraid of damaging the motherboard by just pulling this thing out of the socket.

I have another identical cable to look at and experiment on and pressing on the metal device on the sides of the head does not do anything that I can see.

Is there a secret to getting these out of the sockets? Once out, I will not be using these again.


A:How to unlock SATA hard drive cable?

Actually, pushing the metal release does depress the two small latches. Try this. Depress the metal release, and put the connector INTO the board first and wiggle it around gently. Then, gently pressing it away from the metal catch, try to remove it.

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hi guys,

I have just built a computer with the following spec
intel 2.6 E5300 dual core processor,
gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2 motherboard with graphics and audio,
hanns g 19 inch widescreen monitor via dvi,
sony SATA dvd rw,
western digital 500 gb sata hard drive (WD5000AKS)
4gb corsair ddr2 ram

In Bios my sata hard drive is assigned as IDE and if I assign it as RAID or AHCPI it gives an error and I cant boot to XP. No big issue there. The hard drive is connected via a sata cable and so is the DVDRW. What I want to know is if my hard drive is working as a SATA drive. WHat is the way to check this please ? Just wanna make sure that the pc is at optimal.

Also, my SATA DVDRW only has two connections, as far as I can see, sata and power. My motherboard has a CD in, how do I connect a CD in cable to the DVDRW or is this not necessary because it is connected via a sata cable ?

many thanks

A:sata hard drive and cd in cable for dvdrw

anyone ?

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I was wondering what is the best length for connecting a scanner by parallel cable (LPT)?
We have a scanner which is a few meters away from the computer and wanted to know if it wouldn't work if the cable is too long.


A:Cable length for scanner

The physical maximum length for parallel cables is only 3 meters (ten feet) so your peripherals need to be pretty close to the computer.

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What is simplest solution for connecting 2 PCs to one printer where wireless isn't an option?
Wondering about max length of USB printer cables, if ran around perimeter of room and if an A/B switch is definitely necessary?

Have and HP 5100 series printer - wired w/ A/B USB cable to desktop - sits beside printer.
A wireless upgrade kit is avail, but fairly expensive & read lots of users have problems.

Wife's wireless laptop sits across small office from printer. Usually, she unplugs the cable from my desktop at the printer & plugs another cable from printer to laptop.

She doesn't use the printer daily by any means.


A:USB printer cable max length?

Tip: USB Power Limitations

USB 1.0 data rates of 1.5 Mbit/s (Low-Speed) and 12 Mbit/s (Full-Speed).

USB 2.0 Added higher maximum speed of 480 Mbit/s

USB 3.0 reaching roughly 4.8 Gbit/s by utilizing two additional high-speed differential pairs for "Superspeed" mode, and with the possibility for optical interconnect.Click to expand...

USB Guides

I did post somewhere the max limitation length of the USB cable, but can't find it !! (the post that is)

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I want to connect a scanner and a photo printer to my computer with a USB cable. Due to the location, the cable will be about 16 ft. long. Will this length affect the efficiency of the scanner or the printer?


A:Maximum USB cable length

Hi and welcome

From what I've read the maximum USB cable length is 16.5 ft with out a signal boost, so you might be just barely OK.
It may make a difference if it's USB 2 or the slower USB 1.

If you have signal problems or need to go longer a powered USB hub would help. There are also some cables that have a built in signal booster available.

Here are some items for that purpose, there are no doubt many other places you can check if needed:


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I have to make a cable run that is around 640' and setup two PC's in a workgroup. I know that 10BT max is 100m or 328'. Are my options here installing a hub or a small switch half way to break it up or act as a repeater? I need to keep these two PC's off my main network due to traffic issues.

A:Max 10BT cable length?

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I want to connect a pc in another room, using about 20-25m of ethernet cable, to my router. Will it work ok over that length of cable?


A:Ethernet cable length

Yes. 100 Mbit and GigE is good on cable lengths up to 100 meters with Cat5e and Cat 6.

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What is the maximum length for the IDE cable for a Floppy Disk Drive?

Chris the Tiff

A:What is the max length for a floppy cable?

I can't give an exact figure, but I would say not very long at all. The problem with long parallel cables is that the data moves along the individual wires at different speeds. In long cables you get to the point where the data being read is corrupted, because the data in each wire is out of phase with its accompanying data in the other. I think the correct terminology is propagation delay.

Hope that helps a little bit.

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Hello all,

We are troubleshooting a system in which our keyboard (PS2) has just stopped working. It is not the keyboard as it works on another system. We thought we had it narrowed down to cable failure for when we plugged in another keyboard it worked.

On this particular system we have to have the monitor setup across the room and we run the cables under the floor. Today we replaced the PS2 cable and it still doesn't work.

It's too far for Bluetooth and Wireless so now we are thinking of trying a USB Keyboard and cable. So my question is what is the maximum length for a USB cable to still work?


A:Maximum cable length for USB?

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Just wondering does the length of your cat 5 cable mean anything? will it slow down the speed?

A:Cable length cat5

In most cases, No. I've seen cable runs of over 100 ft in commercial buildings running to a hub and it did not cause any problems.

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Not sure if this is in the right place, but I'm looking to connect my TV to my PC upstairs with a 15m HDMI cable. Do you think this will be ok as I've read for certain lengths you need to use a repeater?



A:HDMI Cable length

Hiya pal

15m is the max you can use without a repeater, but in certain circumstances it's still pushing it a bit

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i want to use cat6 cable to connect an outdoor wireless radio (CPE) to a PC. the distance from the rooftop (where the radio will be placed) to the PC is more than 100m. Can I still use cat6 or use a repeater? i dont have the financial capacity for fibre.
Please help!

A:recommended cat 6 cable length

Recommended length for cat6 is 100m... but I've stretched that before. I would say give it a shot. If it doesn’t work well, cut it in the middle and slap in a repeater.

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I need to extend my usb cable and I can get 15 foot extension cables.
What will happen when I plug my usb device that has its own 5 foot cable into the 15 foot cable?
Will it fail? USB is limited to 5 meters?

I have 3 usb devices. GPS, Keyboard, Mouse to plug in. Each would have its own usb extension 15 foot cable.

If that wont work, what about using a powered hub?

A:usb 2.0 extension cable length

A very quick google search came up with this statement:

If you are using a regular cable (max length of 5 meters for 2.0 and max length of 3 meters for 3.0/3.1) with an active cable, then the maximum length for USB 2.0 is 25 meters(about 82 feet) and the maximum recommended length for USB 3.0/3.1 is 15 meters (about 49 feet).

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I finally loaded my window xp media center on my brand new Seagate 320gb SATA 3.0g/s transfer rate hard drive 7200.10 series and the next day the computer wont turn on at all dead. My thoughts were first the power supply went bad or bad power cable to power supply but after checking all connections and possible options i found out that it was hard drive related. I thought it was my hard drive at first because only when the power cable was connected was when the computer wouldnt power up at all and it would shut off if i tried to connect it while computer was running. The hard drive also smelled like an electrical fire so i thought i fried the mother board on the hard drive or it froze on me. I sent it back in the Seagate warranty and they gave me a factory repaired unit. I used a temporary hard drive (WD 60gb IDE not SATA)for the time being with windows xp proffesional on it and worked completely fine no problems at all. As soon as i got the new hard drive i found out that the new hard drive didnt fix the problem i had before and in fact it got worse. The computer will run but somewhere where the red cable connector meets the hard drive power connector is where it starts smoking and burning up. So im thinking it could be the power cable itself because i was using the same SATA power cable as before but im not totally sure yet? any suggestions

A:SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

You can have a defective connector. As a test, use a molex>sata power adapter to connect the sata drive to a standard molex connector ie the same one you used for the ide drive.

Next have you given the sata connector a VERY close inspection with a bright light?

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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I have an apparent hard disk failure and I am planning to install a new disk, but I want to insert the failed disk into a disk caddy to attempt recovery of a few items of data which were not backed up.

There is however a clip which secures one of the cables onto the drive housing, and I have not encountered this type of clip in previous drive rescues. The clip is pictured in these linked images:


(The clip is the small metal protrusion at the very centre of each image)

I need to know how to remove this clip, please - preferable in a way so that it can be reinserted if I am in fact able to recover the drive. Any help much appreciated!

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Don't have many of the specifics of the computer with me. Generally speaking, I have an older (circa 2006), but still pretty darned capable, Gateway FX Desktop. It's running Win7 on a SATA 2. Want to buy a new drive to dual boot with Win8. In general, are the SATA 3 drives backwards compatible with a mobo supporting no more than the SATA 2 data rate, etc? I think he answer is yes, but just checking. Would I need a different cable? I doubt you can even find much in the way of new (not refurbished) SATA 2 drives these days. I have found quite a few refurbished--e.g. this one. I will need very little storage. Don't want an SSD.

A:Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question


Western Digital SATA III Desktop Drives are backwards compatible with SATA II Motherboards only with a jumper is set on pins 5 & 6.

You can check the JUMPER setting here:
WD Support / Installation / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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What is the maximum length that you can run a serial cable before having communication problems?

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Hi there,

I am installing a network in my small business and was given a spool of Cat5 cable to run wires... I know the length in feet of cable that I was given, but I was wondering if there is some kind of markers on the cable to tell me how much is left... I will be charged for it by foot after I'm done, and I want to know how much I've used. Do I have to just use a measuring tape? Seems unnecessarily complicated... I've checked the wire but can't see any marker of the length remaining.

A:Determining length used of Cat5 Cable

How much are they charging you? May be cheaper to get your own. About 10 cents/foot for bulk seems about right if I remember.

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