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Hey guys,

So I got a new USB hub since I got a USB sound card (I have a laptop). I only have two USB ports on my laptop, so I have everything but the sound card through the hub (laptop cooler, Logitech G5 mouse, and my printer). My mouse lags sometimes, mostly when loading (I have noticed that it gets really bad when I am using anything Java intense) things or when I am clicking.

The USB hub is powered. My laptop has a 1394 port, an eSATA port, HDMI, express card slot, and a serial port that are not in us. Would it be possible to make one of those a USB port that would work with a mouse? The cooler works fine just with the power from the hub, and the printer only is used every once and a while. If I could use one of those for either the mouse or hub, would it improve anything?

Or is there another fix that would help out my mouse, yet keep it connected through the hub?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 16
I don't know about adding another usb port but I have another suggestion. Does your laptop have bluetooth capability? There are many wireless bluetooth mouses to choose from. That would solve the lag problem.

I'm guessing that the two usb ports that you do have actually run to the same header. If I am correct they are essentially 1 port anyways.
    
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if you have an express card slot you can get one that gives yoru extra usb ports
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Thanks for the fast reply!

I have tried bluetooth mice before, and since I game a ton, I have gotten used to the hardwired mouse. I can sense small amounts of lag with wireless ones and even bluetooth ones.

The lag I am getting now though is all over the place. The mouse will be unresponsive for a second or two every few seconds. I have directly connected the mouse and it works fine.

The two USB ports are right next to eachother, and one is used by the soundcard and the other by the USB hub that I have. I was just wondering if there is another way to get a third USB port on the computer.

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if you have an express card slot you can get one that gives yoru extra usb ports
Would it still lag? Would it need to be powered? Can they be powered the same way?

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post #5 of 16

You might want to check, the eSATA port might be a USB port also. It is on mine. Here is a nice express slot USB port adapter.
For a notebook sound card, I would have gotten one for the express slot like

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Edited by ericld - 1/20/11 at 3:26pm
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Why not disconnect the printer while gaming?

You could also get an AC adapter with a USB port to power the cooler if you are gaming at home.

Something like this.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/ZIP-LINQ-U...atible/9875913

There are a million variants of these. You might be able to find one cheaper. That should free up some of the load on the usb ports and maybe help out the lag.

What about using the headphone jack for sound?
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what ericld said
the eSata on my laptop is also a USB Port
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what ericld said
the eSata on my laptop is also a USB Port
What converter do you have? How does performance work through it?

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Why not disconnect the printer while gaming?

You could also get an AC adapter with a USB port to power the cooler if you are gaming at home.


What about using the headphone jack for sound?
I don't want to hassle with connecting and disconnecting everything. I sometimes have other things connected and it is just a pain. I have the sound card because it helps the sound a ton. The sound through the jack is hideous lol

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Edited by bigal1542 - 1/20/11 at 3:19pm
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when you plug too many things into the usb port, it will bottleneck each connection as they all share the same bandwidth.

limit only want you need connected at one time.
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when you plug too many things into the usb port, it will bottleneck each connection as they all share the same bandwidth.

limit only want you need connected at one time.
I only have a mouse, a printer that is off, and a laptop cooler connected. I always leave the AC power in too
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