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Can USB ports wear out??

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by inchyfingers, Mar 15, 2009.

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  1. inchyfingers

    inchyfingers Notebook Consultant

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

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I don't think it can.
     
  3. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    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.
     
  4. ramgen

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    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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    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.
     
  6. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    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

    K-TRON
     
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    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
     
  8. inchyfingers

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

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    That will be fine as long as the cooler does not draw more than 0.5Amperes
    or 500MAH

    K-TRON
     
  10. crazycanuk

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    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
     
  11. inchyfingers

    inchyfingers Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks guys. I probably won't have trouble since I won't be pulling out of USB in/ out that much. I am using it as a desktop replacement so I just leave my keyboard and mouse plugged in all the time.
     
  12. tianxia

    tianxia kitty!!!

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    normally no.
    if you ever want to destroy it though, get some el-cheapo usb cooler, it might short your port, and kill your mobo too!
     
  13. inchyfingers

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    I bought the Zalman NC2000. I hope it won't damage it.
     
  14. tianxia

    tianxia kitty!!!

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    it's a quality cooler, 100% safe under normal operations.
    i was talking about unbranded usb devices, you always take a chance with those.
     
  15. nizzy1115

    nizzy1115 Notebook Prophet

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    They wear out in the fact that they can only be inserted and removed so many times. I know its in the 1000's of times.
     
  16. bridge86

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    THey won't lose their functionality but they do tend to get loose after many years of use.
     
  17. nizzy1115

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    I think my last jump drive listed the number of insertions on it before the copper leads would wear out.
     
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