Universal Serial Bus (USB) establishes a connection between devices and a host computer.

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How to reconnect a logically disconnected USB device?

It is possible for a USB storage device to become logically disconnected: the device is still plugged in, but is invisible from the operating system (e.g. it's not listed under /proc/bus/usb). Maybe ...
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How to run custom scripts upon USB device plug-in?

What is the state-of-the-art method for automatically executing custom scripts upon USB device plug-in under current Linux distributions like Debian/CentOS/Fedora? For example if you want to ...
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Installing Grub 2 on a USB flash drive

MultiBootISOs is a tool that let you install Grub on a USB flash drive. I really like it because it lets me boot from ISO files and let me put a bunch of ISOs on my USB and choose which one to boot. ...
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How to assign USB driver to device

This question is two-fold: First, how do you manually detach a driver from a USB device and attach a different one? For example, I have a device that when connected automatically uses the usb-...
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How to disable USB autosuspend on kernel 3.7.10 or above?

I've updated my HTPC from kernel 3.7.10 to 3.10.7 and it seems CONFIG_USB_SUSPEND is now gone from the kernel options and included in PM. The main problem I'm facing is that I have an external HDD ...
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Why is USB not working in Linux when it works in UEFI/BIOS?

For background I have just built a new machine with modern hardware including: AMD FX-8350 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard 16GB RAM NVidia GTX 650 Ti Kingston SSD Given that, I tried to install ...
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How to use Linux kernel driver bind/unbind interface for USB-HID devices?

First background. I am developing a driver for Logitech game-panel devices. It's a keyboard with a screen on it. The driver is working nicely but by default the device is handled by HID. In order to ...
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What happens when a USB drive is plugged in?

What is the flow of USB events from kernel space to user space? I get a popup on my desktop when I plug in a USB drive -- what is the sequence of events that leads from detecting the new USB drive to ...
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Get power consumption of a USB device

Is there a way to check how much power a USB device requires? Why do I need this? I need to connect an LTE USB stick to my Raspberry pi, and don't know how much power it needs. We got it quite ...
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Is USB-to-USB data transfer between two Linux OSes possible?

I want to create a USB-to-USB data transfer system in Linux (preferably Ubuntu). For this I want to use no external hardware or switch (except this cable). It's going to be like mounting a USB drive ...
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How to re-mount a USB stick after unmounting from Nautilus without disconnecting it?

I find that in order to re-mount a USB stick, I have to physically disconnect it, and then re-connect it. How can I do this without such tiring physical action?
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How to bind USB device under a static name?

I have an arduino which sometimes gets bound to /dev/ttyUSB0 and other times to /dev/ttyUSB1 making my script fail. I do not want to enumerate all the possibilities of where my device could be, but I ...
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How to automatically mount an USB device on plugin-time on an already running system?

I know how to use /etc/fstab to automatically mount devices on boot or when doing sudo mount -a, which works perfectly fine. For example, here is my current line for my device UUID=B864-497A /media/...
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How can I enable access to USB devices within VirtualBox guests?

I cannot see any USB devices within my VirtualBox guest VMs from my host. How do I enable access for my guest VMs?               &...
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How to install Debian from USB? (Using full size image not netinstall)

I learned of a way to install Debian from USB using the netinstall image, which is fine. However it means I have to spend hours and hours downloading packages to do the install. Is there a way I can ...
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If I connect a physical device, how can I ever know which device file belongs to it?

Say I plug in several USB drives which don't get automatically mounted. How can I find out which device file belongs to which physical device, so I can mount it for example? I'm running Mac OS X but ...
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How should I configure grub for booting linux kernel from a USB hard drive?

I have a laptop hard drive in an external enclosure which I use as a large pendrive. For an added twist, I have installed Linux on it, so I can boot any machine with my distribution of choice (e.g. ...
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Is it possible for a daemon (i.e. background) process to look for key-presses from a USB keyboard?

I'm working on an embedded Linux project where I will be developing a program that will run automatically on bootup and interact with the user via a character display and some sort of button array. ...
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Serve files over USB

I would like to be able to serve a section of my box's file system over USB to another computer. For example, if the files are on box A and I am reading from box B, then B would mount A, see those ...
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Create a Bootable (UEFI GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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Mounting USB drive that is not recognized

Using Arch Linux / XFCE, I frequently have problems with USB drives that are not properly mounted. Sometimes they automatically show up in Thunar and I can mount them with one click. However, at other ...
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Is there a way to mirror USB outputs?

I'm currently writing a program for a project. It is for a braille reading system where I have a braille display connected via USB that is controlled by a program called brltty. One of the ...
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Mount printers at /dev/usb and still use CUPS

Due to a new version of CUPS, I suddenly lost the direct path to my printers that was previously available under /dev/usb/lpXXX. I used this to print directly from the command line. echo "test" > /...
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Creating a bootable Linux installation USB without unetbootin

I want to install Scientific Linux from USB. I don't know why unetbootin doesn't work but I am not curious to find out: after all, I transferred to Linux from Windows to see and learn the underlying ...
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Attaching USB-Serial device with custom PID to ttyUSB0 on embedded

I'm attempting to get an FTDI USB-Serial device with a custom PID to automatically (or even manually) attach to ttyUSB%n, without much success. The device's normal VID/PID is 0403/6001. When ...
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Understand output of `udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb`

I plug an external HDD into my laptop. I try to find out the information by $ udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb Udevadm info starts with the device specified by the devpath and then walks up the chain of ...
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Why does “cat ttyUSB0” not produce output?

I connected an infrared receiver to a USB port ... (the last line of dmesg tells device file) $ dmesg [10496.596063] usb 7-2: new full-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd [10496.751112] usb 7-2: ...
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How to interpret the output of 'lsusb' — What are all these Linux Foundation root hubs?

I recently found out about the lsusb command while troubleshooting a headset issue.. My laptop runs debian and doesn't have anything plugged into USB currently, but when I run the "lsusb" command, I ...
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Turning off power to usb port. Or turn off power to entire usb subsystem

I have a usb lamp which I specifically bought in order to turn it off programmatically at a certain time, thus I need to remove the power to its usb port. I believe I have a usb-hub at usb6. The lamp ...
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GRUB on USB Drive — adding OSes

Some Background: Coming from a largely Windows background (though I'm familiar with Ubuntu, etc.) and using a Windows 7 machine to complete this task Have gotten GRUB installed successfully to the ...
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Fake serial number of USB device

I have a mobile phone connected to my PC via USB. When viewing the device info using sudo udevadm info --attribute-walk the product and vendor id's show up fine, but there is no ATTR{serial}. An ...
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USB audio only outputs white noise

I am running OpenBSD/i386 5.1 on a 5 year old laptop. The speakers and headphone port work, but the headphone port is a little loose so I am trying to install an external USB sound card (Fiio E17 USB ...
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command to determine ports of a device (like /dev/ttyUSB0)

I have a question regarding the ports in Linux. If I connect my device via USB and want to check its port I cant do it using the command lsusb, which only specifies bus number and device number on ...
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How to create a bootable Linux installation USB from an ISO in OS X?

I downloaded the ISO for Debian's net installation to a computer running OS X. I want to put the data from the ISO onto a USB, so that I can install Debian on another laptop (not an Apple laptop). ...
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Which USB slot is 2.0 or 3.0? How do I know?

I would like to know if my desktop computer supports USB 3.0, but from the output below this seems unlikely. I get the following output from lspci: root@liv-HP-Compaq-dc7900:/home/liv# lspci -v | ...
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USB to VGA on Linux

I've been offered a Macbook Pro mid-2012. Although it wouldn't have been my first choice it's still a great piece of hardware, only problem for me is that it only has a single Thunderbolt port ...
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How to get UUID for a USB drive?

I want to mount my USB to a mount point which holds the UUID name. But I don't know how to express this in a command line! Can someone help me how to do it? I have searched and found that I have to ...
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udev rule for assigning known symlinks for identical usb serial devices

I have two (and possibly in the future, more) USB serial devices which are identical (down to the serial number, unfortunately) - they're actually BTC miners. Currently they end up as ttyUSBX where X ...
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Howto read SMS stored on a SIM card?

I have an old phone with a telephone card (SIM card) inside. The telephone has an infrared interface on the side. I want to read out my contacts and stored SMS messages from the phone, either via ...
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Auto-run script when Wifi card is plugged in (udev)

I've been trying to use udev to make a Debian system run a bash script when a wireless card is connected. So far I created this file /etc/udev/rules.d/wifi-detect.rules: ACTION=="add", ATTRS{...
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Remove USB flash-drive write-protection

I have a sports-watch which has an integrated flash-memory. This flash-memory is used to store training information. When I connect the watch to my computer using the USB cable, it's detected as write-...
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How to remove a USB drive without worrying if its been unmounted?

Sometimes I unplug my usb drive only to find out files were not written to it. I suppose the only way to ensure files are written to it is to right click on the USB drive on the desktop and then ...
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Is my USB 2.0 device running at full speed?

How can I tell if my USB flash drive is running at full USB 2.0 speed? Currently I'd just like to verify that the drive is plugged into a 480 Mbps port, but in the past I've been unsure if a given ...
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How can I hide messages of udev?

When I plug in a usbhub (7 sticks in) udev displays a lot of messages in console. Can I hide these messages or send them to /dev/null?
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How does libusb access kernel stuff?

From what I understand: Generally speaking, a driver runs in kernel space and can be called from user space. Only code in kernel space can call usb low level things / ioctl libusb is a library, so ...
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When installing linux on USB Drive, which filesystem should I use to format for best performance?

I'm planning on installing Linux on a USB drive, and I was wondering which filesystem I should use to format the drive for best performance (overall responsiveness), and life of the drive?
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What would cause “crossover” between two USB2 webcams when using motion?

I am using the Motion package for linux to act as a security system with two Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcams. In general it's working very well but I'm experiencing a weird issue. Every now and then ...
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How can I switch to my USB headset automagically when it's plugged in?

I'm running Funtoo Linux, a Gentoo derivative. My two new Plantronics USB headsets (one wired, one wireless) work nicely. I plug one in, ALSA notices it, and if I manually set an application to use ...
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Automount USB drives with no GUI requirement (halevt replacement)

For minimal installations of Debian, I have been using halevt to enable automounting of USB drives. Halevt is reliable and requires no configuration aside from installing the package. Now, halevt has ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 does not recognize USB drive

Using Ubuntu 13.04 (with Gnome 3), my new USB stick (details see dmesg/lsusb) doesn't show up automatically. Situation: The drive does not show up at fdisk -l The drive does appear when running ...