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How many USB-C Ports and how to drive 3 monitors on the T480S

Q: How many USB-C Ports and how to drive 3 monitors on the T480S

Checking this image of the side of the T480S it looks like there are two USB-C ports. Can the one in the dock slot be used like a regular USB-C port? Also anyone have any idea how to drive three monitors with this thing? My T460S had a mini-DP port so I just used a 3 port splitter on that. Am I stuck trying to find a triple monitor USB-C dock when it comes to the T480S? A VGA port, like on the Lenovo Docks, is not how I'd like to drive a 3rd monitor. All DP is preferable or DP/HDMI/DVI. I only need [email protected]


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A: How many USB-C Ports and how to drive 3 monitors on the T480S

Found my own answer by using the manual. Go figure. There are two USB-C ports and they both appear to support charging and displays. Any USB-C to 3xDP Adapter should work for my purposes.

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Dear community, I am having problems while using display ports on my new docking station. At the moment my setup is: 2 AOC 31.5? 2560 x 1440 connected with display port.Ultra docking station 40AJ (PN SD20R56774) Lenovo Thinkpad T480s i7 14? All drivers and firmware Is up to date and we have tried different setup with HDMI/DP. There is nothing wrong with the screens themselves. Can you advice how we can use 2 screens with this setup?

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I recently got a Thinklpad P1 from my company for work, together with a Thunderbolt 3 dock. The installed OS is Ubuntu Linux 18.10 (standard flavour, with Gnome). When I set the graphics to "Hybrid" in the Bios, the 2 external displays plugged in the dock are not detected. Network and USB work fine. When I switch to "Discrete", both monitor are detected and work fine. It's annoying, because the laptop heats up more, the fan runs almost all the time and if I use the laptop unplugged the battery is drained much faster, unless I switch temporarily back to Hybrid. I'm grateful for any help!

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I have several users who are on T480s laptops with intel graphics connected to Ultradocks. They would like to have 2 external monitors in addition to the laptop screen and use all 3 as extended desktops. When I try and set that up, one of the external monitors mirrors the built in screen. I cannot seem to get all three to work independantly. The graphics display properties won't let me say all three should be extentions. What am I doing wrong?

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Hi all!! I'm trying to determine if I can utilize 3 external monitors in addition to the laptop screen. I have a T480s with a thinkpad USB - C Dock and my current setup is: - DP to DVI adapter from docking station (for one external monitor)- VGA from docking station (for one external monitor)- Built in laptop screen This works perfect but I'm trying to get a 3rd monitor to work as well. I have a HDMI to VGA adapter that I have tried from the laptop to the 3rd external monitor. It doesn't work. If I unhook the VGA from the dock (one of other monitors), the 3rd monitor will work as expected. It seems trying a 2nd VGA is causing the issue. The 3 monitors I have only have VGA and DVI. I'm thinking about buying either a USB C to DVI/VGA adapter OR a HDMI to DVI adapter but before I do that, I wanted to see if anyone knows if this will work. Sorry for the long message and thanks in advance to anyone that can help! Thanks,

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Hello, I recently obtained a T480s and would like to know if I can connect monitors to an USB-C port and the HDMI port at the same time.The user manual of the T480s explicitly states that the HDMI port won't work with the "left"/ first USB-C port simultaneously.However, will the HDMI port work with the second (Thunderbolt compatible) USB-C port? Thanks in advance 

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My system configuration: Machine type/model number:  20L8SAGW0A (ThinkPad 480s)Docking Staion model number: 40AJ0135US (ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station)Dual Acer 27" monitors model number: B276HULOS: Windows 10 Enterprise Version: 10.0.16299 (Build 16299)BIOS Version: N22ET53W (1.30), 02/19/2019BIOS Mode: UEFI My firmware and software is current. Using displayport connections cause a rapid flicker in all three devices (laptop, both Ace Monitors).   Not even a single displayport connection works with these monitors. The only connection that works is HDMI and is limited to one monitor with these docking station. I used these monitors for more than 2 years with a T450 and different Lenovo docking station and had no problems. Please advise on proposed solutions. Thanks in advance.   

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I am now considering to choose a new Thinkpad. X1 Carbon Gen 6, X1 yoga Gen 3, and T480s are under my review (waiting 3rd party review coming out). I prefer more on T480s as it has discrete GPU option plus faster Ram, but sad it doesn't have 500nits screen option as the X1 series, and T480s only offers 1 TB3 port. Anything that Lenovo can do on giving more options on screens and TB3 options to T480s potential buyers (especially these 3 models shares the same pool of hardware parts (as seen on latest Product Specifications reference http://psref.lenovo.com/ ?) P.S. Can Lenovo also explain why once buyer chooses to get the 500nits monitor for X1 series, IR camera will not be available for such models. Is that design limitation? 

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This is more of an intrigue than an issue but I'm still curious as to why this happens. Issue: When placing a T480s on top of another T480s both machines will be forced into sleep mode.  How to reproduce: Line up a T480s on top of another T480s (or T480) and the device will go into sleep mode. I've Stacked T480 units and this does not happen this seems to only affect the T480s line. (These test were preformed on the latest bios/driver revisions) What I think maybe happening is that the T480s when stacked are triggering the lid closed sensor of the other unit. Since this is not the case for the T480 units we have I think it may be because of the thickness of the s models. Is this something that will eventually be fixed via bios update? or is this just a flaw in the T480s design? Thanks for in advanced for your response!  

A:T480s is forced into sleep mode when in close proximity to T480/T480s

I've seen this happen in the past, it was due to how strong the magnets are that keep the lid shut.

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Well i recently downloaded the drivers for my monitor the Compaq P1100 and i wanted to put some wires on the USB drive and so i put wut i wanted but windows still dosent detect it does anyone have an idea how to use or fix it thanks

A:How do i use my Monitors USB ports

Usually the monitor simply contains a USB hub or splitter. You need to connect the USB input to the hub/splitter to a USB port on your main PC before the monitor ports will show up.

In your case connecting the one USB input from your monitor to your PC should give 4 outputs on the monitor base.

It need not show up to Windows when you connect the hub, but anything connected to the hub should show up as normal. That depends on your Windows version. Which you neglected to mention what that was

Be aware that some devices will not work through a hub, and require connection direct to the main port on the PC.

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What is the purpose of the USB ports on an LCD monitor?

Can I plug in a USB flash drive with jpegs on it to the LCD monitor and the monitor will automatically play them as a slide show? Will it play .AVI movies too?

What if I have an external hard drive in a case with a USB cable and hook it up to the LCD monitor. Will the monitor 'detect' the jpegs in it and play them?

I would like to buy an LCD monitor and use it as a digital picture frame instead of buying a digital picture frame as a 19" digital picture frame costs over $500.

A:Solved: LCD monitors with USB ports-What for?

The ports on the monitor use the USB controller on the computer. You can't use an LCD monitor with USB ports as a stand-alone device.

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Recently I've bought a LENOVO L380.What a surprise I can't see the VGA port and I have two monitors to connect to my new laptopHow can I connect the two monitors to the laptop?I don't recognize the ports, only the HDMI one. But, for the other monitor?Thanks in advance

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I searched through the first few pages of the forum just to see if there were any similar issues recently, so here we go:TL;DR: Integrated graphics card not working, how do I dual monitor?Long version:When I first bought the Envy, the integrated graphics card crapped out within 2 months (I made sure the drivers were updated). Beeping everywhere. I bought an Nvidia Geforce GTX 750 Ti card, after double checking compatibility with the tech center at the place I got the PC from, and have had no problems since then.Now... well. I (very) recently purchased a 22" graphics tablet/monitor (Monoprice's cheaper Cintiq alternative) and wanted to set it up alongside my current Dell monitor because I've missed having two screens to burn my eyes out (both are 1920x1080, if that makes any difference). The tablet came with an HDMI cable, which was only a slight inconvenience until I bought an HDMI/DVI-D converter. THEN came the real problem.My regular monitor was connected via VGA, which was working fine. My tablet is now connected via VGA, which is also working fine. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect the tablet via DVI-D (and -I, I tried both. With converters. For science.), both when it was my usual monitor and the tablet, and just the tablet by itself. I read through HP's specs for this model PC and saw the bit about it not supporting dual monitors (also, skimmed through a couple 2 year old threads re: this issue) when not using the integrated graphics. Which, ridiculous.My question is - ... Read more

A:Can't set up dual monitors/DVI ports crapping out?

P-ork, welcome to the forum. If you had problems with your Integrated Video from the beginning, you should have contacted HP.  They would have made it right.  At this point, there is nothing that they can do for you. Q: "Should I give up on a dual monitor set up - IIRC, the integrated card can support dual monitors on its own, but also can't be replaced since it's soldered to the MB/otherwise not removable - or is there a way to make it work with the Nvidia card?" There is no reason why the ports on the video card won't work for dual monitors.  You are correct in stating that the Integrated Video won't work with a discrete video card installed.  Here is a guide that may help you connect the monitors.  If it doesn't help, I suggest contacting the manufacturer's Tech Support for help.  They should be able to help you to get them working. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I have a Lenovo X230 ThinkPad with docking station. I have two monitors. There is only one VGA port on the dock but the laptop has one as well. I can not get both to work at the same time. If it is docked, one works. If ii remove it from the dock the other works. I am trying to figure out how to configure both to work at the same time with what I have. I have a ThinkPad Ultrabase Series 3 dock

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I just picked up 2 identical Asus VG248 monitors.

My graphics card has:
2x DVI outputs
1x HDMI output
1x Display Port output

Both monitors will be running at max resolution (1920x1080). and although I plan to use both monitors for gaming, I don't need a single widescreen that stretches across both panels. Mostly, I'll be 2+ boxing in MMOs.

I have cables for all, the monitors can take any of the 3 port styles, but if I run 2 without using a hub, should I use the two DVI ports? Or should I try instead the HDMI and Display ports? (I would daisy chain the Display ports but the monitor doesn't support it).

Thanks for any assistance.

A:GTX 780ti - which ports to use for dual monitors?

I would image using both dvi ports on the card would be best,
Gaming on dual monitors will be interesting I've been told the crosshairs will be between both monitors :/

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I have an Inspiron 13 (7368) and I was wondering if the HDMI port and the usb-c port with DisplayPort would be able to output at the same time. I want to hook up my laptop to 2 external monitors, where one is connected via the HDMI port, and the other is connected through an hdmi to usb type c dongle. Does anyone know if this is possible? Or do I just need to buy a docking station? I wanted to see if I could just use the HDMI and USB-C ports on the laptop first in order to save a few dollars.

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On the P52 specs, it says that it can drive 4 independent displays, and for the Thunderbolt ports, the max resolution is [email protected] But what is the max resolution at 60Hz? Can I have the 4k laptop screen, plus two 4k external monitors individually connected to the two Thunderbolt ports, all running at 4k and 60Hz? (when I say 4k, i mean 3840x2160) Link to spec:https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20P52/ThinkPad_P52_Platform_Specification... For reference, here are the specs for the other video ports:[email protected] (DisplayPort via Mini DisplayPort cable)[email protected] (HDMI)Note, I prefer to avoid the HDMI port if possible, due to issues from a P50 I'm currently using, no idea if they have been fixed or not in the P52.

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We had purchased a 512GB 760p Series M.2 SSD in order to upgrade one of our P50 laptops.Turns out we didn't need it for the P50 any longer, and someone needed it for their T480s. We tried upgrading the T480s with the new SSD, but it doesn't seem to be compatible with it. We tried installing it in two different T480s', and used different power cables to make sure that wasn't causing an issue.Both laptops worked fine with their initial SSD that they came with, but when installing the new drive the following issues occurred:- Long boot up times, or not booting at all- Froze at the Lenovo logo- When making it past the logo, it would remain at a black screen with a white cursor blinking in the top left- If it would get to the point where you could login, would take forever to install or run any updates We tested the drive in different Lenovo laptops and it booted up immediately with no issue. It works with the P50 and T460s. We figure the SSD may not be compatible with the T480s.Any suggestions on how to resolve this? Should we be using a different M.2 SSD? We need to be able to upgrade the laptop to a 512GB drive.This is the link to the drive we purchased: https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX70646Any assistance is appreciated!

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I just ordered a T480S with the cheapest SSD option because I already own a Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe 1Tb SSD on my current laptop that I will hand off to the wife. I plan on swapping hard drives and re-installing OS on both of them.  I think I caught a glimpse of commentary that if you ordered the T480S with the SATA M.2 drive you couldn't upgrade it to an NVMe drive.  Is this true? I'd like to know before it ships to change the order if it means they put a different motherboard in configurations with SATA M.2 SSD's...

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Hi there,
I've got an OptiPlex 3040 micro running Windows 10 64bit (came installed on the machine) and two monitors (Dell U2415, came as a pair) using extended display. One monitor has an HDMI-HDMI cable going into the computer's HDMI port, the other has a DisplayPort-DisplayPort cable going into the computer's DisplayPort port. (There is no VGA port installed on this machine)
Both monitors are on the correct setting for detecting what cable is plugged into them. Whichever monitor the DisplayPort cable is plugged into cuts out to a black screen with nothing on it multiple times an hour during normal computing (mostly email and web browsing). Not a steady flicker, just randomly goes black and randomly comes back on.
I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for the monitors, checked all the settings, ran the troubleshooter (no issues found), updated my graphics card driver (it was already the latest version), and nothing seems to be wrong there.
When I swapped the HDMI and DP cables to see if it was a cable issue or the physical monitor, the monitor that then had the DP cable plugged into it started to have the problem, whereas the other monitor (now plugged in via HDMI) had no problems. Originally there was a Mini DP-DP cable connecting one of the monitors and I thought maybe that was the issue, so I replaced it with a brand new DP-DP cable the other day. Still having issues with whichever monitor is connected via DP.

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A:OptiPlex 3040 micro, dual monitors using HDMI and DP ports, DP connection unreliable

This does not sound like a hardware failure. Did you check/test all of the Windows 10 power management options? Specifically the PCI Express- Link State Power Management setting? Or just set the Windows 10 power management to High performance and retest. Also, if the U2415s USB upstream cables are connected to the computer, be sure to disable the USB selective suspend setting.

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Just what the title says - if I select the cheapest option of storage, will I be able to upgrade to a SSD with pcie level performance? Or is the slot/hardware different with the cheaper storage option?

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The 5 Best Ultra-wide (21:9) Monitors | Digital Trends

The price of 34" monitors have come down very considerably. No, I'm not a gamer, but I would love to use these giant monitors for office productivity chores, working with multiple large documents at the same time, and of course for email, web, etc.

I'm pretty sure that I would need a PCI-based GPU to drive these giant monitors.
Any suggestions?

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Lenovo Facebook support sent me here to post the issue as they expect it to be a Firmware/Driver problem: There is a serious compatibility issue between the T480s and the iPhone8 - tested on various units of both devices, with various cables. All BIOS/FW/SW/Drivers on both devices were updated, issues remain before and after Updates: It is not possible to connect iPhone8 via USB to T480s - or only after several attempts or a reboot. On the right USB port connection goes on and off in seconds, on the left port charging connection remains stable, but no data connection is posible. We tested this with 4 different T480s, 6 different iPhone8 models and various different cables - therefore it is definitely a FW/Driver Issue on the Lenovo side - as the phones work with any other Notebook. If the phone however is attached to the right port while the Notebook is booting, iPhone8 asks for authorization (while T480s boots) and then everything works fine. Lenovo Facebook support says this clearly points out to a driver/firmware issue. Trying to plug in the USB port not all the way in but leave a 2-3mm space before the USB cable fully contacts the port (as suggested by Lenovo Facebook support) does not help. Sooo there we are - we tested and replicated this issue with several brand new T480s-machines (core i5-8350U) and a number of different iPhone8 with different cables. What solution does the Lenovo engineers propose? BestCarLazar

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I have two questions and hope both can be addressed by this forum. I have a 1T hard drive which when connected is recognized as only 32mb which I believe is the size of the cache. I didn't connect it for a couple of months after purchase so I no longer have any purchase info. Could the problem be the curcuit board attached or something internal? Additionally, I have a gateway E4000 desktop which is fine otherwise until I connect an external usb device (thumb drive, solid-state external hard drive, etc) - the pc reboots for no apparent reason. Any ideas as to why?

A:1T Drive and USB Ports

Is your BIOS up to date?

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In a LAN environment (Windows 2003 as the server O/S and Windows XP and the O/S on client machines) how can we control/limit the use of USB ports and CD/DVD drives? Do we need to use some software for this or are their built-in features etc. (like the concept of Administrator, and Group policies, etc.) that can be used to achieve this?

The one problem that I can think of is that if USB ports are locked/blocked then how will users be able to use their mouse and keyboards? The reason to control/limit use of USB ports is so that someone might not plug-in a USB stick and either introduce virus into the LAN or copy important and sensitive files. I know that they can easily email the files to someone but the idea is to minimize the risks even though they cannot be totally controlled. We also want to control the use CD drives so that users can not i) Burn data on CD's and ii) install software on their own

Will appreciate some good and simple solution (if one exists).

I hope I am NOT posting this in the wrong forum

A:How to control USB ports and CD/DVD drive?

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In a LAN environment (Windows 2003 as the server O/S and Windows XP and the O/S on client machines) how can we control/limit the use of USB ports and CD/DVD drives? Do we need to use some software for this or are their built-in features etc. (like the concept of Administrator, and Group policies, etc.) that can be used to achieve this?

The one problem that I can think of is that if USB ports are locked/blocked then how will users be able to use their mouse and keyboards? The reason to control/limit use of USB ports is so that someone might not plug-in a USB stick and either introduce virus into the LAN or copy important and sensitive files. I know that they can easily email the files to someone but the idea is to minimize the risks even though they cannot be totally controlled. We also want to control the use CD drives so that users can not i) Burn data on CD's and ii) install software on their own

Will appreciate some good and simple solution (if one exists).

I hope I am NOT posting this in the wrong forum

A:How to control USB ports and CD/DVD drive?

You can set "policies" on the client machines running XP Professional. One such policy disables non-Admin users from using removable USB media by . (If they plug it in, XP won't mount it) Would that meet your need?

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There are also policies for setting software restrictions on users (among other things). Here's some links/info about setting software policy
> Description of the Software Restriction Policies in Windows XP
> Using Software Restriction Policies to Protect Against Unauthorized Software

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 10197 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7570, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 911 GB (836 GB Free); D: 19 GB (2 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

This computer (see specs above) has 6 usb 2.0 ports but not a 3.0 port. My local Costco is selling USB 3.0 Flash Drives for $35.00. I realize the 3.0 flash drive is backward compatible so it would run but only at 2.0 speeds (or the speed of the port). Is there someway to add an external USB 3.0 capability so the 3.0 would run at the full 3.0 speed?

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Hi all

I've been having this problem for a while and I'm clueless as to how I can fix it.

Well today I just reinstalled Windows Vista in the hope that it would fix my problem but it hasn't!

A few months back my cd drive decided to randomly not work. Very rarely, when I first turn my laptop on it would detect a disc, but only for a short period of time! When its not doing that, the drive icon doesn't even show up in My Computer. The drive makes noises when I put a cd or dvd in it but then I get nothing!

Also a few weeks ago my USB ports decided to stop working properly. They work for my ipod, printer and phone, but not for my external hard drive or external cd-dvd drive (which both work on other computers) I have tried looking for drivers but I have no idea what drivers to install!

I'm an absolute idiot when it comes to technology, so if anyone can help I'd appreciate it SO much!


A:USB ports and cd drive not working

hi this may be of help http://support.microsoft.com/gp/hard...evice_problems

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It's upgrade time.

I'd like to get a dual-slot Eyefinity card that can drive 6 2560x1600 monitors. These monitors will have DisplayPort inputs, of course. I am not going to try active DP to Dual-Link DVI converters or anything like that.

I am not a gamer. They will be used as a massive desktop, mostly for 2D stock charting, web pages, spreadsheets, etc. I might want to watch a Blu-Ray every now and then, or do a little editing of H.264, so my first choice is a consumer/gamer card with HDCP and HDMI 1.4, not necessarily a workstation card. HDMI 1.3 is fine as well. DirectX 10 or 11 does not really matter to me.

I'm confused because I can't seem to find out which cards/series of ATI-branded products will just let me drop the card in, hook up my 6 monitors, and have a massive 2-tall by 3-long desktop array.

I'm also open to NVIDIA as well.

Can anyone help me on this?

A:(6) 2560x1600 DP monitors - whose card can drive them for work use

ATI Radeon? HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition Graphics (has 6 outputs)
But looks like this card is out of the question:

Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP15
Max resolution: 2560x1600
Integrated DisplayPort output
Max resolution: 2560x1600
Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
Max resolution: 1920x1200
Integrated VGA output
Max resolution: 2048x1536Click to expand...

Some outputs are going to max out below the required 2560x1600 that you are after. Looks like it is limited to 6 x 1920x1080.

Any HD6000 series card should drive 6 monitors, although I think they need a displayport adapter to give 6 outputs. Again after some research it looks like you can't run 2560x1600 from all outputs. Either you'd have to settle for 1920x1080 or find another solution. Not sure about a Nvidia setup for 6 monitors at that resolution.

Reading some info about Nvidia solutions, I don't think they have anything that can drive 6 monitors. Hopefully someone with hands on experience can provide some more information.

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I can't get my laptop to recognize an external drive on the USB ports in back of computer. The ports on the side do recognize it. I have tried other devices (pen drives) in the back and the ports work fine with them. I'd like to connect the hd in the back so that I can keep the sides clear. Any thoughts?

Here are the particulars:
Simpletech 320gb external hd
Vista Ult 32 bit
Intel Core 2 7200

A:external drive won't work on all ports

Does Device Manager report any problems with the ports?

Have you loaded your laptops chipset drivers?

Check this Support Page:-

also you could check you windows updates.

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apologies if there is an existing thread answering this question but here goes. . .

I have a Dell Latitude laptop and a new 8 GB Kingston flash drive. I run Windows XP SP2 and also Linux Fedora Core 6 on this machine. Normally I do not have problems with my flash drives in either system but recently this new Kingston drive is only recognized in the lower USB port, not in the upper port. This same thing happens on both operating systems, when plugged in to the upper port, the light on the drive blinks for a moment and then goes dark, it is never recognized at all, and there is no error message from the system. It is as if nothing were plugged in. Yet plugging in to the lower port works fine.

Any bright ideas?

A:Flash drive not operative in all ports?

The port is dead? Can you use any other devices there?

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Hello, I have an Acer 5230E-2177 which has a usb port in back that if I plug in my thumb drive I can get all my files. But if I plug into either of the usb ports on left side nothing happens. Went to Device Management by way of Computer:Manage, and only three drives show up usually which are: Recovery Partition, Acer C: , System Reserved Also, when I look at drives in Computer I get C: and D: (DVD) and if I plug in the thumb drive into back USB I get E:. So why don't the two USB ports on side work? Thanks

A:Thumb drive not recognized in two of three ports

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... Do other Devices work on the other USB Ports ? Do you get any errors when using the Thumb Drive in these ports ?

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I have a USB hard drive that I made from an old Laptop hard drive that worked for 6 months or so, then today I was trying to swap it out to another computer and when I put it in the new computer, I dumped some files onto it, did the safely remove drive feature, and unplugged it. I then went to put it back in the old system, and it gets an error of unrecognized USB device and does the same on the other system. Now I have two computers with the ports I tested the drive on, not working for any devices. Plus I cannot access the data on the drive. I have attempted to remove all the USB drivers from both computers in computer management, but that doesn't solve anything... PLEASE HELP!!

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Our school district just purchased 30 800 35W G2 Minis to replace some older machines in a computer lab.   We are attempting to build and restore an image on these machines via USB using a couple different backup software tools.  Our problem is no matter which settings we change or modify in BIOS after booting to the USB drive all USB ports turn off and we are unable to use our mouse and keyboard to get the image created/restored.  We cannot find a setting in BIOS that ensures that the USB ports stay on etc.  If anyone out there has some specific items we could try that we may not have thought of it would be highly appreciated.

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I have a problem on 2 different systems that just started about 3 weeks ago.

Specs for computer 1

Windows XP 64
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
AMD 4400x2
GeForce 7800GTX
Turbo-Cool 510 Express SLI power supply
Specs for Computer 2
Windows XP Home
1Gig cheap DDR
Asus P5P800
Intel P4 530J (3Ghz)
Turbo-Cool 510 Express SLI power supply

Both machines are using this case

Machine 1 also has a PCI usb card which adds another 4 usb ports.

Now to the problem. If I attempt to use a USB flash drive in any of the usb ports on these 2 machines(yes, i have tried them all at least once) it immediatly kills the drive. no error message, no indication it found the drive and no flash of the drive led. They simply don't work afterword. I have numerious other USB devices attached (keyboard, mouse, digital camera, card reader, headset) which all work fine. Disconnecting all usb devices and trying the drive by itself has no effect on the problem.

The drives work fine in my 3rd and 4th box before I try them on machine one and machine 2. After being subjected to machine 1 and 2 neither will work in 3 or 4.

I have tried several different makes and models of flash drive and they all die.

Each machine is on a separate circuit in my home and multiple circuits have been tried.

I am fairly sure this is some kind of power issue but I am not sure how to test the voltage on the ports.

Can someone give me some help here?

A:USB Ports Killing my flash drive

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My laptop was recently having a lot of problems and it seemed to be from a faulty hard drive. I was unable to find my operating system disks which I know may cause a problem in the future. I got my hard drive replaced by a local computer repair business and they replaced the faulty drive as well as uploaded a version of Windows which I'm not completely sure of the specific version yet. I have noticed some differences the format of the default windows preferences and when I tried to connect another monitor via a VGA cable it won't display it. Before there was always an option for an extended display but now a drop down menu for resolution and display. I also never had to install any drivers or anything it would just recognize it and I could do what I please. It still says that I have Windows Home Premium but I still don't have the option.
Here are my computer stats from dx.diag.exe-

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
System Model: Q430/Q530
BIOS: Phoenix SecureCore(tm) NB Version 02KF.M008.20100529.KSJ
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3956MB RAM
Page File: 1314MB used, 6596MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: D... Read more

A:Windows 7 HP- no option for dual monitors after new drive/restore

Hi, bornbritish.
First try to validate the install here: Genuine Microsoft Software
Click on Validate Windows button on top left.

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I just purchased a XPS9360-3591SLV laptop and would like to drive two external Dell monitors which have DVI-D ports. Ideally, this would be a docking station. Any suggestions?

A:What do I need to drive two external Dell monitors with my XPS9360-3591SLV?


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Odd situation that I have come across.

One of my clients has a western digitial 500gb external usb hard drive. It has it's own power supply and was working fine for what I was told. Anyway, once it is plugged in all of the usb drives on the PC die. The usb mouse, laptop cooler, and usb speakers lose connection. After a quick reboot they all start working again.

Now I know that when this happens its usually lack of power supply or a bad usb port. But any of them that I try it has the same effect. Also, it happens on my laptop as well when I tried to test it.

Now before I tell them to consider it a loss and buy another external. Anyone with ideas?

A:USB External Hard drive kills all usb ports

There is one thing you fail to mention...
Have you tried a different power supply for the drive?
USB ports supply some of the power, but if it's own power supply is defective, it's not going to work.

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I've got a HP G70 laptop and all the drives and ports stopped working.
It turns on fine, and I can connect through wifi but the disk drive, USB, Ethernet, ect.
No longer work. A storm came through and I'm sure that's the cause of my
missfortunes. Mostly curious if there is anything I can do besides replace mother board. I've reinstalled
drivers much to no avail

A:Hp G70 ports and disk drive stopped working

When you say "disk drive" do you mean the DVD Drive?

What operating system, please? XP, Vista or Windows 7? Do you know how to find Device Manager? (Right click 'My Computer' and choose 'Manage', etc) Do those devices appear in there?

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I don't get it. I plugged my external drive into a USB port in the back and all the PC could tell me was that it didn't recognize the device. I couldn't see anything in the drive and it would only sometimes show up in my list of drives.

Plugging it into the front USB slot worked like a charm.

Are there configurations for getting the USB slots on the back of my computer to recognize things like that? Have I disabled some Windows service that you guys know of that handles this problem?

(Compaq Presario on Win XP Service pack 1, newly recovered partition).

A:Solved: PC's rear USB ports don't recognize drive...

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I have a dell dimension 4550, the front usb ports will not recongnize a flash drive but it will recognize my web camera. Any ideas

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Hi All
I am having a problem with my USB port and CD drive. I have tried putting a USB stick and card reader into the two USB slots, and a CD into the CD drive, and each time the prompt comes up, as it did before, asking me what action would I like to take. In the top grey box it says:
"Windows can perform the same action each time you insert a disk or connect a device with this kind of file:
What do you want Windows to do?"

Then in the white box below it is completely blank, with no options, where as it used to give me several options.
Can anyone help me please? I'd really appreciate it as I've got a photographic course to finish asap, and I need to get my photos on the PC!! My operating system is Windows XP, by the way!
Many thanks!

A:Problem with viewing pictures from USB ports and CD drive!!

Do either of them show in My Computer allowing you to access/transfer them to your hard drive that way

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I can't get IE to open. (It does flicker for 2 sec.) Doesn't recognize anything I put in the CD. And the USB ports don't show up on "My Computer". Just started recently. haven't put anything in except auto updates. Running Win XP SP3.
I've got the orig. CD but can't use it

A:Solved: Doesn't recognize IE, the CD drive or USB ports

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I am an absolute newby at this , so my apologies in advance, if I did stupid things - I google and do what people had found to work in the past.

FYI: got all the drivers from the Acer website and installed them - there is no exclamation marks in device manager, all drivers installed and working properly;

My wife's Acer laptop's mobo blew - PC tech said to expensive to replace - I got one and replaced it myself - took to PC tech, because it did not turn on - he checked all the connections after which it booted into windows, BUT:

1. usb3 and usb2 ports not working - not in safe mode, nor after uninstalling all the drivers from the universal serial bus controllers and getting them to reinstall by restarting windows.

I then reinstalled Windows - no luck.

2. Blu ray DVD RW - sees dvd [ data - had drivers on it ] as empty - all 4.7GB of it, although my Asus laptop reads it perfectly well; checked and found that a DVD movie did not play as well.

3. No sound, although if I click on the speaker icon in the taskbar, I can see the green bar moving up and down, but no sound.

4. Bluetooth button not swithing on.

Any suggestions of what to do next?
Thank you.

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Hello, I have Silicon Power Blaze B20 flash drive, which is not recognized by my desktop PC's both USB 3.0 ports. The flash drive's light blinks when pugged in, but no reaction from PC's side. I have tried to plug cord between flash drive and PC, but no change. It does recognize the device when plugged in any other USB 2.0 port. And the device is being recognized by other computer's both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, so I assume it is PC's fault, but I have no idea what it is. My PC's USB 3.0 ports do recognize any other USB 3.0 devices - my external HDD, other USB 3.0 devices but this drive.

Thank you!

A:USB 3.0 flash drive not recognized in one PCs USB3.0 ports

I had a Lexar USB 3.0 thumb drive do something similar to that. It worked fine in my laptops USB 3 and USB 2 ports but wouldn't work in my desktops USB 2 ports. It didn't have any USB 3 ports. I ended up returning it.

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I have 2 USB 3.0 ports on my laptop, they used to work with my LaCie Minimus USB 3.0 external hard drive, but since a few weeks they just stopped behaving as USB 3.0 ports.
Every other USB 2.0 device works fine with it, and my hard drive works fine with the USB 2.0 port I have. I have tried installing latest drivers to no avail.
Can anyone help me with this, I've been trying for 3 days now.

A:USB 3.0 Ports don't work with my USB 3.0 external hard drive.

Can you be more detailed about the change in behaviour, what sort of speeds are you experiencing against what you have known\expect ?

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