USB ports on a monitor....??!

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USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:08 pm

I just got a LG Flatron 995FT Plus secondhand for 5CAD. And I found five USB ports in the back. What are these for? This monitor only does VGA, so I can't imagine that it would be like some USB hub that connects to the computer over DVI.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:19 pm

it's probably a USB hub. Connect the "outcast" USB port to your computer, and then you can plug peripherals into your monitor. Some people find it convenient, I rarely used it.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:20 pm

There's probably a D-shaped USB port on it somewhere--like the kind used on printers. You hook it up to a USB port on your computer & it acts as a USB hub. Dell's Ultrasharp monitors are that way. Kind of nice if you want to plug in a USB stick & not bend over.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:34 pm

Oh yes, there's a different one... I don't get the point though as I have to bend around the monitor to get to the ports. Oh well, doesn't hurt to have more USB ports. 4 on 4 Guilty Gear/Melty Blood action is now a possibility I suppose.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:51 pm

Crayon Shin Chan wrote:Oh yes, there's a different one... I don't get the point though as I have to bend around the monitor to get to the ports. Oh well, doesn't hurt to have more USB ports. 4 on 4 Guilty Gear/Melty Blood action is now a possibility I suppose.
I've seen people use them for the mouse or an iPod. The one on my mother's PC is convenient for my thumb drive, since her tower is buried under a desk and doesn't have any available ports on the front anyway. Just remember it is a hub (shared bandwidth) and may not support full powered devices either.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:27 am

Yeah, some monitors have a USB hub built in. I use the one on my monitor at work for my mouse.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:31 am

On a CRT it's quite weird as you said. On a LCD monitor though, it's very convenient. I don't have to bend down and go under the desk to get to my USB ports on the chassis. While you can tell how bad it is to reach down and then having to reach back of the case. Front USB addresses that issue but not all cases have the front USB ports near the top, so for cases lying on the floor under the desk, you have to almost reach the floor to plug your thumb drive in. On the monitor though it is much more convenient.
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Re: USB ports on a monitor....??!

Postposted on Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:40 am

UberGerbil wrote:
Crayon Shin Chan wrote:Oh yes, there's a different one... I don't get the point though as I have to bend around the monitor to get to the ports. Oh well, doesn't hurt to have more USB ports. 4 on 4 Guilty Gear/Melty Blood action is now a possibility I suppose.
I've seen people use them for the mouse or an iPod. The one on my mother's PC is convenient for my thumb drive, since her tower is buried under a desk and doesn't have any available ports on the front anyway. Just remember it is a hub (shared bandwidth) and may not support full powered devices either.

On my Dell 2407 it has 4 USB ports. I have it hooked up to the xbox, and then have the Zune dock, and the HD-DVD drive, and the xbox controller charger plugged into that. It certainly is useful for that. Oh, and the built-in card reader on the monitor is supported by the xbox, so I can take the memory card out of my camera, plug it into the monitor, and view the pictures through the xbox. That's a neat trick.
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