New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Other Hardware and Peripherals Other Apple systems and peripherals discussion.

Power Mac - keyboard and mouse won't work with powered usb hub


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
nordy69

 
Member Since: Apr 05, 2009
Posts: 3
nordy69 is on a distinguished road

nordy69 is offline
Hi,i am new to using macs,i bought one off ebay second hand about a month ago withough realising it has only two usb ports,it is a powermac g4,400mhz hdd,512mb ram running tiger 10.4.11.
Firstly i tried connecting a powered usb hub from one of the original usb ports to plug in either the keyboard or mouse but with no effect.next i installed a usb 4 port pci card internally but again no luck.
i have now tried a second pci usb expansion card but it only seems to work intermittently.
i have several questions that need answering and since i am new to macs but have lots of experience of upgrading windows computers any help would be gratefully received!!!
Firstly,am i right in thinking the mac os should recognise a internal pci card automatically??? the one i have now didnt come with any drivers and there are none on the website even though that and the box state it works with tiger10.4.11.
i have an external usb hdd i use,when i plug that into the original usb port and the k/b and mouse into the expansion card the mouse freezes,is this a problem of the psu not putting out enough power to power everything?? also the k/b is not recognised intermittently???
if this nwas a windows pc i would have problem solved by now but as i am a novice i amtearing my hair out,any help or sugggestions would be gratefully received!!!
QUOTE Thanks
dtravis7

 
dtravis7's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2005
Location: Modesto, Ca.
Posts: 27,914
dtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac 2.4 C2D 10.10.1, iMac 2.16 C2d 10.6.8, Macbook2007 10.8.4, Mac Mini 10.8.4, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!

dtravis7 is offline
Firstly, Every single USB External Powered USB Hub I have ever used on any of my Macs has worked fine. I have a 500Mhz G4 (Same model as yours but faster) and all my hubs work fine. 2 USB ports was still quite standard back when that machine was made. That is an OLD Mac.

Also the ports are USB 1.1 like other older computers of that time period.

Not all Internal PCI USB 2.0 cards are made to support OSX. I have had very good luck with this one Belkin 5 port PCI card here.

This is the card I am using and it works 100%. Has the Mac OS symbol on the package.

Newegg.com - BELKIN Hi-Speed USB 2.0 5-Port PCI Card Model F5U220v1 - Add-On Cards
QUOTE Thanks
nordy69

 
Member Since: Apr 05, 2009
Posts: 3
nordy69 is on a distinguished road

nordy69 is offline
Ok thanx perhaps i need to try that belkin card,although both cards i have tried state they work with mac os 10.4 tiger,thanx for the suggestion,appreciate it!
QUOTE Thanks
dtravis7

 
dtravis7's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2005
Location: Modesto, Ca.
Posts: 27,914
dtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac 2.4 C2D 10.10.1, iMac 2.16 C2d 10.6.8, Macbook2007 10.8.4, Mac Mini 10.8.4, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!

dtravis7 is offline
What brand and model are the cards you are trying?
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 18,324
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.1

harryb2448 is offline
And always, always, plug the keyboard into the first USB port on the computer and never use hubs with keyboards. A PCI card will be recognised only if the chip is Mac compatible. Generally they are pretty flakey and a last resort.

Try booting from the install DVD, running Repair Disk, reboot and run Repair Permissions.
QUOTE Thanks
louishen

 
louishen's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
Location: London
Posts: 8,951
louishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver

louishen is offline
I would plug the keyboard / mouse into the inbuilt USB 1 ports

Leave anything that requires more bandwidth to the USB 2 PCI card.

I never had any problems with the generic USB 2 card that I put in my old G4, despite the fact it never claimed to be OS X compatible

Member of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? use the rep system
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,264
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.9 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.6.8

hughvane is offline
Well, I'm going to sing the praises of powered USB hubs. I've used them for years now, going back to a Kouwell brand (two of), USB 1.1, with a hoofing great brick of a power adaptor. They never let me down. Nothing like having the motherboard USB ports, depending on their placement, available for flash drives etc, everyday low demand things like k/b and mouse via the hub.

I use a Cyberpower battery unit and a Targus now, both supporting USB2, which matches my eMac's capability.

I respectfully disagree with Harry about keyboards in hubs, with the exception of generic ones (which I use) intended for Win. They often refuse to work after the Mac goes to sleep, requiring the USB plug to be pulled and reinserted, which fixes things.

I agree with Harry about using the appropriate OS boot disk (CD?) to run Disk Utility, and effect any required maintenance from that.
QUOTE Thanks
nordy69

 
Member Since: Apr 05, 2009
Posts: 3
nordy69 is on a distinguished road

nordy69 is offline
i have purchased a belkin usb card with a nec chipset,so far so good!!!!!!! thanx all for your help,it has been appreciated!
QUOTE Thanks
dtravis7

 
dtravis7's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 04, 2005
Location: Modesto, Ca.
Posts: 27,914
dtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond reputedtravis7 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac 2.4 C2D 10.10.1, iMac 2.16 C2d 10.6.8, Macbook2007 10.8.4, Mac Mini 10.8.4, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!

dtravis7 is offline
Sounds like the card I have. Glad it's working for you.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« having problem with my portable hdd.. | Monitors And Resolutions »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Having problems with your Belkin USB hub? kaidomac Other Hardware and Peripherals 6 04-02-2008 04:58 PM
Upgrading firmware for Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. Help! insomniacalls Apple Desktops 1 07-04-2007 11:04 AM
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mighty Mouse (quick review) Sgt Beavis Other Hardware and Peripherals 2 02-11-2007 02:03 PM
Weirdly Locked Key Combos when Using USB Apple Pro Keyboard dorisdanglehoff Apple Notebooks 0 11-09-2006 09:09 PM
macbook lid closed, no USB mouse or keyboard rift0065 Apple Notebooks 1 10-17-2006 02:53 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?