Strange plug on my new laptop...

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Jun 24, 2010
  1. jceggbert5
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    Looks similar to a USB plug, but it's not...

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    It's on a DELL D820

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    SATA possibly?
     
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    nope, too small

    also, the plug below it is USB
     
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    By the looks of it, looks like a powered USB port? Yup, I think that's what it is.
     
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    What kinds of devices use that tho? Also, am I supposed to be able to plug standard USB into that? Thanks
     
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    It is a female powered USB port and no, you can't plug in a USB port into that port.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_USB

    A device that uses a powered USB port uses both the powered USB port and the USB 2.0 port below it.
     
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    That would make sense, seeing that it it belonged to the US Army before I got possession of it... (no, not joking, it really was)...
     
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    Wow, you learn something new every day. Not just the whole discovery of Powered USB ports, but also Power over Ethernet systems (that was linked within the Wiki). I've always thought it was a good idea and should've been done already... now I know it has!
     
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    it's an eSata/USB plug

    My dell used to have that too
     
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    If it was, a standard USB device would plug in to it...
     
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    Project Natal/Kinect may use the powered USB Port? Apparantly the Slim will not need an external power point for Natal/Kinect... Anyway...

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    So these ports are becoming more common? Will they be truly standardised, or just kept commercial?
     

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