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    Default Can USB ports wear out??

    Can USB ports wear out? Let say I use a USB mouse on my laptop, would it gradually lose conductivity? Or eventually fry?

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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    I don't think it can.
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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    You mean, can they wear out from having something connected in them all the time? No.

    However, if you plug/unplug something into the port constantly, after a long long time, the port will probably wear out/break. But by then, some other component of your laptop would probably die.

    In short, don't worry about it.

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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    Nope... As long as you do not physically abuse the connector or short-circuit the USB power lines, they should run fine...

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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    no. if you keep removing the device from the port in a rough manner, then yes, you can damage the port, but thats not really wear.
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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    I have some laptops which have had USB mouses and usb cards removed from for over 6years and never had any problems.
    The only way you can destroy a USB port, is to physically short the port, draw too much current and fry the USB hub, or physically push a usb card in too far making the port snap off of the motherboard.
    Under normal use a USB port can probably last 10 years.
    However you will notice that over time the port gets a little loose, but that is from just wear from the thousands of times the USB port is used

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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    Ive seen people break their ports because they pull up when trying to remove the usb cable, but that is just because of pure stupidity
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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    So using a laptop cooler plugged into the USB port of the laptop everytime I use it should be fine right?

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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    That will be fine as long as the cooler does not draw more than 0.5Amperes
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    Default Re: Can USB ports wear out??

    yes should be fine, but on occasion I do see usb ports that have broken solder joints on the motherboard and need reflowed to work again properly even with careful use
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