USB port problems with TP2

Discussion in 'Lenovo (IBM)' started by Techgeek32, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. philox

    philox Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I just called Lenovo and they will give me a free dock based on the advertisement page. The keyword here was "lawyer".
     
  2. rzp2003

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    when you do this, is the tpt 2 on battery only?
     
  3. spinedoc77

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    That sucks. I know the 500t worked perfectly with my DVD and USB hard drives, the w510 worked as well.
     
  4. Techgeek32

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    Nope. Tried on battery and with power.
     
  5. Techgeek32

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    That's great. It sucks that you have to threaten companies to come to a fair solution. Even with a free dock that doesn't solve the problem for us because we have to constantly connect to external HDD while traveling and there is no way I am lugging that dock around just to accomplish what all of the other W8 tablets do correctly. I hope you get your dock and that all works out.
     
  6. Pianomanos

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    I didn't quite understand this wording... is the problem that A) the TPT2 doesn't have the juice to power an external optical drive (my Motion LE1600 had the same problem), or B) the TPT2 is not compatible with external optical drives, even if the drive is plugged into the wall for power? If B, then that's a very serious bug, and I wonder how using the dock would help such a compatibility problem.
     
  7. Techgeek32

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    What I meant was that most portable USB HDD are non powered, meaning they don't have to be plugged into an outlet before you plug them into your computer. Most of them run off of the power of the USB port on the computer. I have not tried a powered HDD, but I have tried a powered DVD burner and it did not work. My guess is that Lenovo did not give the TP2 enough power to run anything other than a USB thumbdrive. The reason the dock would be able to handle those devices is because it uses a larger power brick than the tablet. So, I don't believe it is a bug, but rather a design flaw and Lenovo marketed the product incorrectly. The problem is that most buyers want the TP2 for portability reasons and don't want to lug around the large desktop dock if they need to connect to anything other than a thumbdrive. I hope this explains what I meant more clearly.
     
  8. joffa

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    I'm hoping to get a 3G model if it's not going to be too long, but failing that, do you think a USB modem would work okay?
     
  9. Pianomanos

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    I see... your USB-powered external HDD didn't work, and your DVD burner didn't work even when running off its own power brick. Is anyone else finding that external HDDs or optical drives aren't working, even when powered by their own A/C adapter?
     
  10. teiger

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    I really cant use an USB stick as well? Bad news for me :/. Not that I use external USB Drives, ... on the Tablet often but it would be very handy.
     
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