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Charlie Jenkinz
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 3:13 pm:   

heres the thing my webcam and cable modem both are plugged in by USB but when i try to use my webcam in MSN instant messenger the Modem stops working and i have to restart my PC to get it going again
(Note: i have no idea about any PC talk)
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 9:02 pm:   

Your webcam is probably using all the USB power and bandwidth. Try using a powered USB HUB.
Charlie Jenkinz
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 11:17 am:   

and um where would i go to get one of those? or what not?
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 10:20 pm:   

Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max, Office Depot to start, or online.
Charlie Jenkinz
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 3:50 am:   

all well and good sept for i live in the UK so i guess i cud buy it online

and whats this going to do?
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 4:25 pm:   

No Office stores in the UK? You will get a better deal online anyway.
What this will do is provide your USB devices such as your camera, which, I am assuming, gets power directly from the USB port as mine does, with enough current so both the Modem and Camera can coexist. Another option which I personally have not tried is install a PCI USB port and use the native USB for the modem and the PCI USB for the camera. This option takes a bit more research on your part to assure compatability between Operating System and motherboard with the PCI USB controller. By the way, the average USB port provides in technical terms upto 500mA of current. So if your Camera is consuming 500mA and your Modem requires 525mA there isn't enough power for both devices to function simultaniously so one of them (your modem for instance) stops functioning.
Charlie Jenkinz
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 11:05 am:   

thnxin u very much i think i will buy a powered USB HUB thnx again

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