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General Discussion / Re: Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« Last post by DougD on September 20, 2014, 12:59:46 PM »
Hi Ralph,

     The below listed URL leads to a Hewlett Packard webpage that explains that the USB 3.0 ports have the letters "SS", for "super speed", along side the normal USB symbol.


Wikipedia (more info on USB):

Wikipedia on USB 3.0

     There are additional differentiating characteristics that require close scrutiny to identify. The below posted graphics illustrate these observable defining physical forms. It appears that the industry failed to establish arbitrary universal standards for the USB 3.0 identifying characteristics. So, it is a bit hit or miss, at this point. Basically, USB 3.0 has five pins to the USB 2.0 four pins. Just get out your magnifying glass and count'em up.....

General Discussion / Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« Last post by rsutter on September 20, 2014, 08:32:21 AM »
Hello All,

My Avatar tower server came without documentation.  The specs indicated that it has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.  However, the physical machine does not identify them.  In searching for how to differentiate one from another, I came across the following information.

I posted the link with the hope that others may find it useful.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Acronis True Image 2015
« Last post by Alan Raul on September 19, 2014, 08:49:18 AM »
Available for purchase at:

General Discussion / Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure.
« Last post by DougD on September 18, 2014, 09:43:06 PM »
Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure. You might note these procedures just in case a USB port device fails to perform properly.

PC World:
General Discussion / Current HP Windows 7 Computers While They Are Still Available.
« Last post by DougD on September 15, 2014, 09:17:23 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Restarting Your Charter Cable Modem
« Last post by rsutter on September 14, 2014, 01:06:23 PM »
Hello All,

I have a separate modem and router.  I plugged both of them into the same power strip which is in turn plugged in to a surge protector/uninterruptable (USP) power supply.  When I need to power down the modem and or router, I flip the switch on the power strip.  That saves me the hassle of trying to find the power connectors to these two devices among the numerous cables and cords.

Since the modem/router is connected to a USP, they still work during localized power outages.  Using my charged laptop smart phone or tablet, I can connect to the Internet wirelessly without the need to use my cell phone data minutes.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Restarting Your Charter Cable Modem
« Last post by Alan Raul on September 14, 2014, 12:44:32 PM »
Although this may be basic to a lot of us, it may be helpful to others.

Restarting Your Charter Cable Modem
General Discussion / Failed Gambit - USB Video Card to Set Up Headless Ubuntu Server
« Last post by rsutter on September 12, 2014, 06:17:06 PM »
Hello All,

I wanted to install Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server on a repurposed HP server that previously ran Windows Home Server 2008.  This machine has no video card so my work around was to format the hard drive in a machine that did have video, assigning the static IP address that had been assigned to the HP server under Windows HS 2008. 

I then put the hard drive in the HP machine and connected a USB video card, a USB keyboard and mouse.  Sadly, I got no video output when I fired up the machine.

To make sure that the USB video card could work, I plugged it in to a machine running Windows 8.1 and it worked.

Next, I plugged the USB video card into a machine running Ubuntu 14.04.1 desktop.  The card worked fine under Ubuntu desktop  with no configuration other than adding a monitor at the display adapter setting.  I didn't have to search for drivers or do anything else.

At this point, I haven't figured out how to boot repurposed HP server by accessing it from another machine on the network and welcome all suggestions.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / September 7, 2014 General Windows SIG review by Alan Raul
« Last post by Alan Raul on September 07, 2014, 07:52:55 AM »
The following software and links were discussed at the meeting:

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