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Re: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers

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  • Ronald Frye
    Fellow Techies... We, at the Danville California FHC, solved this problem last year. Go down to Radio Shack and buy some self-adhesive mounting pads; they are
    Message 1 of 24 , Mar 4, 2006
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      Fellow Techies...
       
      We, at the Danville California FHC, solved this problem last year. Go down to Radio Shack and buy some self-adhesive mounting pads; they are about .75" square. Also purchase some cable ties from Radio Shack that are sized for those pads. Then, just attach 3 pads to the side of your computer (with one pad mounted on the side of the front panel) and secure the USB extension cable to the pads with the cable ties. Works like a charm, just as though you had a USB connector on the front panel!
       
      Ronald W. Frye
      Danville, CA FHC Computer Specialist
       
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      Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:24 AM
      Subject: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers

      I'm newly called to work with the computers in our Family History Center and am looking for ideas for extending USB access from the back to the front of several of our computers.  We could, of course, simply use USB extension cables, but we'd prefer to have the ports solidly mounted so that patrons could plug and unplug their USB drives more easily.
       
      One solution for a few computers with empty bays is to purchase and install multimedia bays.  We'll probably do this with one computer, and share this bay on the network, so that people with media other than USB memory sticks would have access.  But I suspect there would be very little use for media other than floppies, CDs and USB drives.
       
      I'm sure that many of you who inherited Dell computers from SLC have run into the same problem.  I'd appreciate knowing what you did.



      Steve Rawlins
      250 Gage Blvd #1098
      Richland, WA 99352
      Phone 509-308-7837
    • Steve Rawlins
      Thanks so much! This is the kind of solution I like -- cheap. I ordered 10 USB extension cables at an Internet site for just over $2 each, including
      Message 2 of 24 , Mar 4, 2006
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        Thanks so much!  This is the kind of solution I like -- cheap.  I ordered 10 USB extension cables at an Internet site for just over $2 each, including shipping.  I'll visit Radio Shack on Monday.

        Ronald Frye <ronfrye@...> wrote:
        Fellow Techies...
         
        We, at the Danville California FHC, solved this problem last year. Go down to Radio Shack and buy some self-adhesive mounting pads; they are about .75" square. Also purchase some cable ties from Radio Shack that are sized for those pads. Then, just attach 3 pads to the side of your computer (with one pad mounted on the side of the front panel) and secure the USB extension cable to the pads with the cable ties. Works like a charm, just as though you had a USB connector on the front panel!
         
        Ronald W. Frye
        Danville, CA FHC Computer Specialist
         
        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:24 AM
        Subject: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers

        I'm newly called to work with the computers in our Family History Center and am looking for ideas for extending USB access from the back to the front of several of our computers.  We could, of course, simply use USB extension cables, but we'd prefer to have the ports solidly mounted so that patrons could plug and unplug their USB drives more easily.
         
        One solution for a few computers with empty bays is to purchase and install multimedia bays.  We'll probably do this with one computer, and share this bay on the network, so that people with media other than USB memory sticks would have access.  But I suspect there would be very little use for media other than floppies, CDs and USB drives.
         
        I'm sure that many of you who inherited Dell computers from SLC have run into the same problem.  I'd appreciate knowing what you did.



        Steve Rawlins
        250 Gage Blvd #1098
        Richland, WA 99352
        Phone 509-308-7837



        Steve Rawlins
        250 Gage Blvd #1098
        Richland, WA 99352
        Phone 509-308-7837
      • RussellHltn
        What site was that? ________________________________ From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve Rawlins Sent: Saturday,
        Message 3 of 24 , Mar 5, 2006
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          What site was that?

          ________________________________

          From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
          Steve Rawlins
          Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 7:27 PM
          To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers


          Thanks so much! This is the kind of solution I like -- cheap. I ordered 10
          USB extension cables at an Internet site for just over $2 each, including
          shipping. I'll visit Radio Shack on Monday.
        • Glen Ballard
          Russell, I don t know who Steve purchased his from, but I have purchased them from www.cyberguys.com. You can get them for 1.99
          Message 4 of 24 , Mar 6, 2006
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            Russell,
             
            I don't know who Steve purchased his from, but I have purchased them from www.cyberguys.com.  You can get them for 1.99 each in quantity of 10 or more.  The item number is 131 0785
             
            Glen Ballard


            From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of RussellHltn
            Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:07 AM
            To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers

            What site was that?

            ________________________________

            From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
            Steve Rawlins
            Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 7:27 PM
            To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers


            Thanks so much!  This is the kind of solution I like -- cheap.  I ordered 10
            USB extension cables at an Internet site for just over $2 each, including
            shipping.  I'll visit Radio Shack on Monday.




          • Steve Rawlins
            I responded as follows: Don t know why it did not get posted. _____________________ Computer Network Accesories at www.fastcomputerparts.com. For quanties
            Message 5 of 24 , Mar 6, 2006
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              I responded as follows:  Don't know why it did not get posted.
              _____________________
              Computer Network Accesories at www.fastcomputerparts.com.
              For quanties over 5 the price for 3-ft extension cables is $1.10.  Shipping via UPS Ground was $8 something.


              Glen Ballard <gballard@...> wrote:
              Russell,
               
              I don't know who Steve purchased his from, but I have purchased them from www.cyberguys.com.  You can get them for 1.99 each in quantity of 10 or more.  The item number is 131 0785
               
              Glen Ballard


              From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of RussellHltn
              Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:07 AM
              To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: RE: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers

              What site was that?

              ________________________________

              From: fhctech@yahoogroups.com [mailto:fhctech@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
              Steve Rawlins
              Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 7:27 PM
              To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [fhctech] Extending USB access to the front of computers


              Thanks so much!  This is the kind of solution I like -- cheap.  I ordered 10
              USB extension cables at an Internet site for just over $2 each, including
              shipping.  I'll visit Radio Shack on Monday.







              Steve Rawlins
              250 Gage Blvd #1098
              Richland, WA 99352
              Phone 509-308-7837
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