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I have a new tablet, or perhaps a tiny little laptop. (When I get all my files transferred over, I hope this will be my only computer.) When I'm not at the library, I intend to use it the same way I used the old one--with the screen propped at eye level on my desk, and a keyboard and touchpad on the little sliding tray under the desk. Although I really need this kind of setup for a keyboard and pointer, I didn't think it would be a big deal. The tablet has only one USB port, but they sell USB hubs, right?

It's not so simple. Is it ever so simple? I got a USB hub with a 3" cable to go into the computer, three 4" cables to go into various USB devices like my keyboard or touchpad, and a 4" cable for a mini-USB port. Because I'm working with a tablet, the USB port is on the side of the screen. That means when the screen is propped up close to vertical, the weight of the hub dangles off the side and gradually torques the cable out. It doesn't pull all the way out, but it takes less than 5 minutes to lose electrical contact.

Any ideas for solutions other than tape? They sell magnetic USB hubs, but I have my computer on a plastic support. When I get my act together, I may have it on plastic with cloth over it. But not magnetic.

Date: 2014-01-26 07:50 pm (UTC)
sonia: Quilted wall-hanging (Default)
From: [personal profile] sonia
Will a USB extension cable solve the problem? Amazon has a 10' Belkin extension cable for less than $5.

ETA: Apparently at Amazon this is an "add-on" item, has to be added to a bigger order. Still, they are available for purchase.
Edited (Reading the fine print) Date: 2014-01-26 07:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-26 07:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
USB extension cable, or else put the USB hub on a small box next to the tablet. If you have any old floppy-disk boxes (OK, that's redundant) -- if you have any floppy-disk boxes, they'd be about the right height and size.

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