A bit off topic

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TeriF
TeriF Senior Member • Posts: 2,823
A bit off topic

I leave the camera cable in the USB port all the time and just remove the camera. Is this a good idea? I have done it for years but been told now, I should remove the cable, when not in use.

Thanks, Teri

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shanek54 Forum Member • Posts: 81
Re: A bit off topic

TeriF wrote:

I leave the camera cable in the USB port all the time and just remove the camera. Is this a good idea? I have done it for years but been told now, I should remove the cable, when not in use.

Thanks, Teri

Hi Teri,

I think this advice comes from the fear that an unprotected USB cable has both power and ground pins and if they were to be shorted "Bad Things" could happen to your USB port.
I have been doing the same as you for years with no problems, but I have lost a (really cheap and nasty) USB powered hub to a shorted cable.

If any of the experts have a better explanation I would welcome the update in my knowledge.

Cheers,

Shane.

TeriF
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Re: A bit off topic

Thank you so much for your reply. Maybe is would be a good idea to change my  habits and unplug the USB  cables for my cameras after use. I never gave it any thoughts before.

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John Beavin
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Why not just use a card reader, I used the cable in the past, until one day the phone rang while I was downloading, I got up and tripped over the cable, and the camera ended up on the floor, lucky no damage  but I learnt a valuable lesson.

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TeriF
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I don't use the cardereader , for some reason it has never worked on my computer and second, Iwould have to crawl under the table.  The cables are to short for me to trip over. I assume it's safe the way I've always done it!

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Dangling USB cables

I usually have two USB cables dangling loose from my computer, one for my iPod, the other for my monitor calibration spyder. It's been that way for more than a few moons, and it's never even occurred to me (until now, thanks!) that they might cause a problem.

Aaah ... I'll just leave them there. If the floodwater rises, it might short them out. But then, the computer will be underwater by that time anyway. (Whew!)

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Re: Dangling USB cables

You can leave the cables attached...no harm done.  USB ports are supposed to have over current protection and shut down when shorted.  Sometimes requiring a reboot to make them active again.

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Yes, let's leave them dangling

I'm glad to know that. Am I?

This whole thing seems like an urban legend of some sort to me. There are more deserving things to worry about, like a meteorite striking the earth, for example. Aarrrgh!

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That is to say ...

... if you can't have a little fun on these forums, why bother to come here?

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TeriF
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Thanks, my question has been answered.

Teri

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Erik Ohlson
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Re: A bit off topic

TeriF wrote:

I don't use the cardereader , for some reason it has never worked on my computer and second, Iwould have to crawl under the table. The cables are to short for me to trip over. I assume it's safe the way I've always done it!

Teri

I used to have that problem with the cardrfeader plugged in to the remote USB connection on my iMac keyboard, but it works fine with it's own cable plugged in directly to the back of the coputer - but I still just use the USB cable & leave it connected.

I do keep the USB cable short by winding it up U using a cable tie to keep it in a compact bundle.

Cheers to all from Tasmania,  -Erik

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