To save endlesslessly plugging and unplugging (and crawling around the floor behind the pc) I am thinking of investing in a USB hub. I have two USB ports - one of which is permanently assigned to the scanner (which has its own power source). The other port is the one where I intent to plug in the hub - with the idea of using it for digital cameras and card reader. Everything else is non USB.
I was actually thinking of a Belkin as they make the card reader that I have. If I left everything plugged in would that get round the problem of non-detection, or is it more complicated than that (it usually is, I find!). A 'pci card' - whatever that is - sounds a move too far for me, I'm afraid.
I use a Medion 4 point self powered hub, purchased from Aldi for £9.99.The problem that I had was with a scanner and card reader, which would not work properly using the direct usb connection on the computer. The scanner and card reader manufacturer's both suggested that a self-powered usb hub would solve the problem,and it did.
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