Dell Monitor - USB ports

Started Jan 18, 2006 | Discussions
ameer
Regular MemberPosts: 173
Like?
Dell Monitor - USB ports
Jan 18, 2006

I use a Dell Dimension desktop PC, Microsoft XP Home Edition and a Dell Monitor 17" UltraSharp(TM) Flat Panel LCD Monitor (Analog & DVI).

On the side of the monitor, there are two USB ports.

I plugged in a Pendrive into one of them. Nothings happened.

I also plugged in a SanDisk 12-in-1 card reader/writer with a CF card. Nothing happened either.

What are the USB ports on the monitor used for?

Any advice would be appreciated.

ameer.

Isola Verde
Veteran MemberPosts: 6,989Gear list
Like?
Re: Dell Monitor - USB ports
In reply to ameer, Jan 18, 2006

ameer wrote:

I use a Dell Dimension desktop PC, Microsoft XP Home Edition and a
Dell Monitor 17" UltraSharp(TM) Flat Panel LCD Monitor (Analog & DVI).

On the side of the monitor, there are two USB ports.
I plugged in a Pendrive into one of them. Nothings happened. .....

Ameer,

Sounds like mine - the 1704FPT ??

It should act as a USB2 hub, giving four extra ports - but you do have to connect a USB2 lead to one of the ports on your computer (as well as the video cable!).

I've given up with it now - never got it to work consistently, lots of messages like "Device not recognised" plus it seemed to particularly dislike
(i) devices being plugged in and then removed again
(ii) equipment that gets turned on and off, like printers

so it wasn't much use!

I wasn't expecting it to be a USB hub when I bought it, so I feel I've not lost anything - but if you find a remedy, I'd be very grateful to hear!

Given how many of these Dell must be selling, it's odd theren't more reports of problems - perhaps we've just got bad ones?
--
Peter
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde

 Isola Verde's gear list:Isola Verde's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Nikon Coolpix P330 Canon EOS D60 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
ameer
Regular MemberPosts: 173
Like?
Re: Dell Monitor - USB ports
In reply to Isola Verde, Jan 19, 2006

Isola Verde wrote:

ameer wrote:

I use a Dell Dimension desktop PC, Microsoft XP Home Edition and a
Dell Monitor 17" UltraSharp(TM) Flat Panel LCD Monitor (Analog & DVI).

On the side of the monitor, there are two USB ports.
I plugged in a Pendrive into one of them. Nothings happened. .....

Ameer,

Sounds like mine - the 1704FPT ??

Yes. The same model.

It should act as a USB2 hub, giving four extra ports - but you do
have to connect a USB2 lead to one of the ports on your computer
(as well as the video cable!).

I contacted the local Dell Service. They told me that a cable called "Upstream cable" came with the monitor. I have to look for it. If I cannot find it, I was advised to buy one from any computer shop.

They advised me to connect this Upstream cable between the computer and the monitor. Once it is done, the monitor's USB ports should work.

That sounds exactly like what you said and tried. But you say that it doesn't work. Anyway, I shall try to get the cable from a shop and do as advised.

I've given up with it now - never got it to work consistently, lots
of messages like "Device not recognised" plus it seemed to
particularly dislike
(i) devices being plugged in and then removed again
(ii) equipment that gets turned on and off, like printers

so it wasn't much use!

I wasn't expecting it to be a USB hub when I bought it, so I feel
I've not lost anything - but if you find a remedy, I'd be very
grateful to hear!

You seem to be frustrated. I hope I have a better luck. If successful, I shall certainly inform you.

Given how many of these Dell must be selling, it's odd theren't

more reports of problems - perhaps we've just got bad ones?

I do not think Dell supplies monitors - yours and mine - across the continents - that do not function. The USB hub on the monitor may or may not be useful to us. But Dell must ensure that it works.

-- hide signature --

Cheers.
ameer

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Jack W.
Senior MemberPosts: 2,024
Like?
Re: Dell Monitor - USB ports
In reply to ameer, Jan 19, 2006

As Isola Verde replied to you, you must connect the monitor to a USB port on your computer. There's a port on the monitor just for that purpose, so be sure to connect it properly.

I have 2 Dell monitors, but haven't as yet used the USB ports on them, so I can't say how well they work. But I think I recall reading somewhere that they're not powered ports. If that's correct, you may have issues with some USB devices that require powered ports.
Jack

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Isola Verde
Veteran MemberPosts: 6,989Gear list
Like?
Re: Dell Monitor - USB ports
In reply to Jack W., Jan 19, 2006

Jack W. wrote:

As Isola Verde replied to you, you must connect the monitor to a
USB port on your computer. There's a port on the monitor just for
that purpose, so be sure to connect it properly.
I have 2 Dell monitors, but haven't as yet used the USB ports on
them, so I can't say how well they work. But I think I recall
reading somewhere that they're not powered ports. If that's
correct, you may have issues with some USB devices that require
powered ports.

Yes - I found a post that described them as "underpowered" and that's probably the cause of the problem I've been having.

I'll have to do some rearranging, and connect the things that don't draw power to the monitor instead.
Thanks Jack
--
Peter
http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde

 Isola Verde's gear list:Isola Verde's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Nikon Coolpix P330 Canon EOS D60 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
ameer
Regular MemberPosts: 173
Like?
Re: Dell Monitor - USB ports
In reply to Jack W., Jan 20, 2006

Jack W. wrote:

As Isola Verde replied to you, you must connect the monitor to a
USB port on your computer. There's a port on the monitor just for
that purpose, so be sure to connect it properly.
I have 2 Dell monitors, but haven't as yet used the USB ports on
them, so I can't say how well they work. But I think I recall
reading somewhere that they're not powered ports. If that's
correct, you may have issues with some USB devices that require
powered ports.
Jack

Thank you for your info.

It looks like that the USB ports on the Delll monitor are nuisancical, if not useless. My computer has more USB ports than I need. Besides, one can easily buy a hub for a few dollars if needed.

Thank you for saving me time and headache, Isola and Jack.

Regards.

ameer.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
bullet1
Veteran MemberPosts: 6,720Gear list
Like?
My Dell 2005FPW USB 2.0 Ports Work Perfectly
In reply to ameer, Jan 20, 2006

once I connected the supplied cable to a USB 2.0 port on the back of the computer.

It looks like your 1704FPT has the same USB 2.0 powered hub built in. Just following the instruction in the online Users Guide.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1704fpt/EN/index.htm
--
Nelson
http://pbase.com/nelsonc

 bullet1's gear list:bullet1's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Canon EOS 5D Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
ameer
Regular MemberPosts: 173
Like?
Bullet 1 and Isola: Dell monitor - USB 2.0
In reply to bullet1, Jan 20, 2006

bullet1 wrote:
once I connected the supplied cable to a USB 2.0 port on the back
of the computer.

It looks like your 1704FPT has the same USB 2.0 powered hub built

in. Just following the instruction in the online Users Guide.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/1704fpt/EN/index.htm

-- hide signature --

I followed your guidance. It works perfectly. Thank you very much, Nelson.

The USB ports in my Dell 4700 computer are on the front. The Upstream cable coming out from the front does not look nice. Has be removed each time the job is done.

It would be neater if it can be connected to the back of the computer. The cable can then be left connected at the back of the computer and monitor.

There is one big advantage with the Upstream cable. Several additional USB ports ara available for those who need them.

Thank you once again.

ameer.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads