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Windows 7: USB cable on/off switch?

10 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
USB cable on/off switch?

Does anyone know if you can buy a little USB2.0/3.0 cable extension with a switch on it, for turning the device on and off? I have bought some (very cheap) from eBay and from Amazon (UK), but the device is not recognised when I plug it in to the PC via the switched cable.

The device is a gaming control/joystick which, for reasons I won't bore you with, needs to be disconnected and reconnected every time I start the PC for it to work in the application (X-Plane, to be precise). I suppose it needs a data connection too, not just the power.

I have searched and searched.. but I am lousy at finding stuff on the net! Maybe someone here would know of such a thing? (As I say, it is easy to find USB cables with switches on them, but the ones I have tried presumably only provide power and do not work).


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10 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

You can also get hubs but beware, if plugging in more than one drive and switching off/on another while the one is writing you will interupt the writing drive with possible data loss.
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10 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

I wouldn't be using USB drives on this, just the gaming devices.
I remembered I have a hub with no switches and tried the devices (Saitek X52 and Nostromo N52) in that and they seem to work OK, so a switched hub is probably good. The Saitek X52 doesn't get on with USB3.0 (the Intel drivers) so I may be better buying a USB2.0 hub rather than USB3.0...

Thanks. Should have thought of that myself! :)
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