posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 11:23 PM
Now I know this could possibly go in the "computers" section, but it is not a request for help, but rather more of a public service announcement for
everyone's benefit (hence the post here in 'general').
All USB cables are not created equal! This is especially true for regular USB to mini/micro USB cables (i.e. like the kind you use to connect your
phone (and even some cameras) to your computer with.
Earlier this week I was having some issues with my phone connecting to my PC (to download some pictures). For some reason the USB cables I had handy
weren't doing anything but charging the phone. I was getting no recognition of the device on my PC. I tried everything, and nothing was working. I
thought, surely it can't be the USB cable can it??? I tried not one, but two different cables (again, two I had handy...we all have millions right?)
I was convinced there was something wrong with a driver somewhere or some other configuration issue. Again, I tried every configuration imaginable,
to no avail.
Today I went to work and tried the same things on my PC at work. Hmmmmm...no problems at all, my PC recognized my phone as a peripheral device right
So tonight I came home and tried it again. Nothing. None of my cables would work. By my earlier test I now had a pretty good suspicion it wasn't my
phone, but maybe it was my PC. So I tried some other USB devices (flash drives, etc) to verify the USB ports. All worked fine. Then I tried the
So then I went and got one of my other beefier high-end USB cables I use for some other select devices. Plugged in the phone and BOOM...worked just
fine. I thought I might be imagining things so I repeated the same process with one of the other cables...nothing. Then again with the 2nd
cable...nothing. I checked both cables and they work fine with some other simpler devices, but not the phone.
So, bottom line...there are some differences with USB cables. I'm thinking it must be an amperage issue as voltage should remain constant. I think
some of the cheaper cables are thinner wire and can't handle the amperage needed for a more robust connection for transferring data. If a USB
connected device (which is known to work) is not working properly, do try another cable before giving up...they are not all the same (despite specs
which say they should be...USB being a standard and all).
Hope this helps someone.
edit on 1/12/2017 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)