Posted 04 November 2010 - 06:13 PM
Hello: For quite some time I've been confused about the concept of plug-and-play with external hardware. I had presumed that it meant once you installed the drivers for an external USB device you could plug it into any USB port and it would function. Of course, I've found that not to be the case or I wouldn't be writing! If you plug something into the wrong USB port, Windows wants to install drivers again. I've just gotten into the habit of plugging something in, installing the drivers, and mapping out where I've had everything plugged in, so if I have to do some work on the PC and unplug all the hardware, I just put everything back where it was after I've finished, and it all works fine.
Recently I read that when you install a new device, if you make a habit of reinstalling the drivers with the device plugged into every USB port, of course individually and sequentially, then you will have a true plug-and-play device. I am left to wonder, though, if that means you can install the drivers for multiple pieces of external hardware to each and every USB port individually, so all the devices are plug-and-play in every USB port. That would be convenient in one sense, though a bit of a nuisance installing drivers repeatedly to get there (!), but I want to make sure I'm not going to find that once I install one device on every port that the USB ports don't want to accept any other devices.
How does that work? It basically comes down to the probably simple question, can I install drivers for multiple external USB devices on each USB port?
This question would apply to any Windows based PC, I'm guessing, so it may not be pertinent what PC I am currently working on, but for what it's worth: Windows 7 64 bit; Intel Cor 2 Quad 3.0 GHz, Asus Pro P5Q Pro Turbo, 8 GB G Skill DDR2 1066 MHz (4 x 2 GB); Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 video card, Focusrite Sapphire Pro 24 DSP firewire audio I/O device (rather than on board audio card), Cooler Master HAF 932 full tower case. The PC is built primarily for making/recording music.
Thanks in advance. Rob